Tampa Lowry Park Zoo
Get ready for a day the entire family won’t forget at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, five-time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Set up on 56 luxuriant acres devoted to conservation, over 1,500 different animals coexist in 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.
Have you ever touched or fed a giraffe? 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. 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.
Zooper Pass Blackout Dates:
3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31
After 4 p.m. on 10/13,
After 4 p.m. on 10/20,
After 4 p.m. on 10/27, 11/23-11/25, 12/26-12/3
Parking is free
Take I-275 to Exit #48 (Sligh Ave.) and turn west. Just 10-15 minutes from downtown Tampa, Channelside, Ybor City Tampa International Airport and Raymond James Stadium.