Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo lets families learn more about over 1,500 animals on 56 lush acres of natural habitat in an exciting and educational experience that’s helped Parents Magazine name it the Best Zoo in the United States. Meet koalas and wallabies at Wallaroo Station. Safari Africa will have you up close with elephants, zebras and giraffes. You can even meet some of Florida’s native inhabitants, like stingrays and majestic manatees. Every area has hands-on experiences to feed and pet many of the creatures. With free rides and water play areas for the kids, Lowry Park Zoo truly has something for everyone.
Lowry Park Zoo
Get ready for a day the entire family won’t forget at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, voted Best Zoo in the United States by Parents Magazine. Set up on 56 luxuriant acres, over 1,500 different animals coexist in eight unique habitats designed specifically for them. See zebras, African penguins, giraffes, elephants and more or take a 15-minute narrated Safari Ride to see behind the scenes at Safari Africa and Ituri Forest. Wallaroo Station gives families plenty of interactive fun on this Australian adventure as they meet koalas, wallabies and New Guinea singing dogs to name a few. Families will even get to see some of Florida’s most well-known residents when they visit Florida panthers, Key deer, stingrays and majestic manatees. Visitors will also get a chance to see tigers, white rhinos, chimpanzees, bald eagles and more.
And now you can see the Zoo’s biggest bundles of joy, TWO African elephant calves, walking through the outdoor savannah. “Mpumi” was born on December 23, 2012 and “Mavi” was born on July 29, 2013. You can see them for yourself as they play and explore in their expansive exhibit in Safari Africa at the Zoo.
Have you ever touched or fed a giraffe or a white rhino? Lowry Park Zoo gives you the opportunity to buddy up with nature in several hands-on exhibits and habitats. You’ll also get to pet goats and wallabies at Wallaroo Station, feed some lorikeets (if you buy a small cup of nectar) at the Free-Flight Aviary or feel slippery stingrays under your fingertips at Stingray Bay. Don’t forget to hop on over to the Discovery Center to discover everything there is to know about frogs and toads.
After you’ve had your fill of meeting all the different animals at the zoo, take in a free ride. Children will love spending time in the Outback Bumper Boats, Boomer’s Flyin’ Bananas and -- if they’re at least four years old -- the Overland Express. The kids can also splash around in Manatee Fountains near the main entrance or at Wallaroo Station’s Billabong Fountains. And for a small cost, the little ones can delight in a trot around on Pony Trek in Wallaroo Station or on a Camel Ride at Safari Africa. The whole family can get their thrills on the Gator Falls Flume Ride, Tasmanian Tiger Family Coaster and Jungle Carousel. OrlandoFunTickets.com has great deals on tickets for Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, so there are plenty of reasons to come see the wild side of Tampa Bay.
Hours of Operation:
Open seven days a week, except Christmas and Thanksgiving days, from 9:30a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Parking is free