ZooTampa at Lowry Park in Tampa, FL

1101 W. Sligh Ave.Tampa, FL 33604
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Overview

ZooTampa at Lowry Park is home to more than 1,300 animals and famous for having one of the most beautiful, tropical zoological settings in the world. The Zoo brings together animals and visitors to create unforgettable, natural connections. Get closer to wildlife than ever before by touching a giant tortoise, feeding a giraffe, getting nose-to-horn with an Indian rhino, hand-to-fin with slippery stingrays and more! Families can also splash in water play areas, feel thrills on rides and take in educational shows.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Tampa Travel Experts
  • Animal encounters, rides, and extraordinary experiences makes the zoo perfect for all families.
  • Don't miss the African Guided Safari.
  • Get behind-the-scenes views of dozens of African animals, including the Zoo's African elephant herd, Patas monkeys and more.
  • Trees provided shade throughout park for children and adults.
  • The Tampa Value Ticket is recommended if you are staying in Central Florida.
  • For guests with kids, extra clothes are recommended. There are a few kids splash areas inside the park.
  • For the safety of the zoo animals, no outside food or beverages are allowed in the Zoo.
  • Guests can have their hands stamped to use the picnic areas outside of the main gate, and then re-enter.
  • Shirt and shoes must be worn at all times.
  • No roller skate shoes permitted inside the Zoo.
  • Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.
  • Free parking.
  • Wear sunscreen.

Description

from ZooTampa at Lowry Park!
If fun is in your nature, spend some time at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, named the #1 Zoo in the U.S. by both Parents and Child magazines!

October 4 - 26, 2019 Tampa Bay’s No. 1 Halloween Eerie Family Fright Fest Returns with More Howling Fun. The critically acclaimed Creatures of the Night event returns to ZooTampa at Lowry Park with more spooky scares and creepy frights for ghouls and goblins of all ages. On Fridays and Saturdays from October 4-26 the Zoo stays open late as a colorful cast of mystical characters, fearsome animals and immersive Halloween adventure zones take over to provide unforgettable eerie frights for the whole family. Costume Note: Children (ages 11 and under) are invited to arrive in their most spooktacular attire. For the comfort and safety and security of all guests, adults (ages 12 and up) may not wear masks, wigs, face paint or costumes of any kind. Toy weapons are prohibited.

Five-time winner of the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence (2010-2015), Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is one of the most popular zoos in the southeastern U.S., with over 800,000 visitors annually.

The Zoo features more than 1,000 incredible animals on nearly 60 lush acres including elephants, koalas, tigers, penguins, chimpanzees, orangutans, leopards and much more. Have a wild time feeding a giraffe, holding a lorikeet, touching a stingray, walking with wallabies, encountering a white rhino and more.

The Zoo's Manatee and Aquatic Center expands the traditional boundaries of a zoo, focusing efforts on critical care for injured, sick and orphaned Florida manatees. It is one of the only places that you can see these gentle giants year-round. During your visit, keep cool in the warm Florida sun with water play areas, wild rides, shows, shopping and restaurants.

Parking is free.

Tripster Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Tripster Customer
Palmyra, ME
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun for all!"
April 2019
My family really enjoyed spending time at the zoo. Our girls especially liked petting the sting ray's and being able to play in the splash area on a hot day. The carousel was also a big hit. We appreciated how the zoo was set up into areas so we could choose what we wanted to see first. Everyone was very excited to see a real rhinoceros! A good time was had by all!
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Tip: Bring strollers. The place is big and you will do a lot of walking. We brought one and rented one for an older child. Ended up saving the day!

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Tripster Customer
Tampa, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excelent"
June 2018
It was a magical experience , have the best deals ever , really nice people , really clean pleace , loved it
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Anais R.
Meriden, CT
5 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"WOW!!"
November 2017
Wow! Literally all I can say! My son loves the zoo so I decided since I haven't took him to one in 3 years why not find somewhere in FL to take him. My wife and I traveled from CT and decided to check out this zoo. we weren't looking at the map because we wanted to let it all be a surprise. But let me tell you this zoo is huge. We noticed there was a little water park for children and I was actually in shock it was about 90 degrees and we didn't expect a water park to be here!! my son loved it he cooled down and played with other children. BTW the food here was delicious! Also we saw that you can feed the giraffes and rhino which was amazing!!!!!!!! also there's a little truck that can tour you around the zoo. Such a great experience for me and my family.
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Tip: sun screen, bauting suit & flip flops

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chasity clayton
Beaufort, SC
3 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Great visit"
August 2016
Great attractions , decent priced
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Claire O'Shea
Clearwater, FL
2 Reviews
Verified Traveler
"Out of this world.."
July 2016
I can't begin to explain what an amazing day we had at Tampa Zoo. Absolutely amazing.. The animals, staff, water area for children. My 3 & 2 year old had a wonderful time & so did mum & dad.. It's all I talk about since returning to England.
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TripAdvisor Reviews
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terry m
Winter Park, Florida
"Great zoo - authentic Florida feel and scale. Well laid out with great exhibits and attractions."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2019 NEW
ZooTampa is definitely worth a stop in the St. Pete/Tampa area. It's got a great feel and smaller scale than the big theme parks. Much more of an authentic Florida experience.
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TerriR588
Vancouver, Washington
"Wonderful Zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 12, 2019 NEW
First time here and truly enjoyed it! Loved all the animals who seem very well cared for. Animal views are up-close. Great water features for kids or anyone who wants to cool off on a hot day. Beautiful and clean zoo and highly recommend for families of all ages!
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lakishav541
Satellite Beach, Florida
"Birthday Gift"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 09, 2019 NEW
I love going to the zoo and having a kid makes it 10 times fun. It was big and we thought we covered everything and we still didn’t see the hippos. We really enjoyed our zoo experience. It was early in the day so there wasn’t a lot of people there so we had first dibs on rides and all. I couldn’t name one thing I was unhappy about. Taking pictures as soon as you walked in was everything because the pictures turned out so pretty. I scratched ZooTampa off my list to do proudly. I will be visiting again especially since we have some type of card that will get us in for the rest of the year. Only thing I do remember was the wrong spellings of everybody name on the card even though I spelled it out to him. They ask for my license they are going to swear I took someone else’s card.
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Evelyn T
Miami, Florida
"Yes, excellent!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 05, 2019 NEW
By far, one of the best zoos I've visited in Florida. Purchased the Tampa Trio which included Aquarium and museum. Unusual animals, beautiful scenery and was able to take awesome pictures from the bird sanctuary. Do not miss!
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SHIRLEY B
"Fun daytime date at the zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 05, 2019 NEW
Lowry Park zoo (also known as Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park) is a great place for a daytime date. My husband and I went on Labor Day to the zoo. According to zoo information the zoo covers 65 acres. It took us approximately four hours to go through the zoo. we walked at a leisurely Pace took a lot of photos of the animals and stopped and read the info signs along the way. We also waited 20 minutes for a 20-minute behind the scenes of Africa tram tour. The tour price is included in your admission price. You are allowed to bring in a sealed bottle of water to drink. As is typical in Florida parks, beverages and food are quite pricey in the zoo. However we got a small popcorn for $2.99 and it actually tasted better than movie theater popcorn with lots of salt and butter. we did see quite a few animals on display however large parts of the zoo are undergoing construction at this time so those do not have animals in them yet. the animals we saw included elephants, giraffes, zebras, multiple species of monkeys and birds, Malaysian tiger, manatees, tapirs and crocodies. There is a sloth in the one of the aviaries but we could not find him. The painted dogs from Africa were the most beautiful animals and most active that day. as is typical in Florida summer afternoons there was a brief shower. Unfortunately after that rain shower, we noticed most of the food locations did close down for the rest of the day. Note that there are many slopes and uneven walkways throughout the zoo. Overall a very nice day.
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Frequently Asked Questions about ZooTampa at Lowry Park!

Is parking available at the zoo?
Yes. All guests enjoy free parking at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo.

Can I bring a bag to the park?
Bags, purses, backpacks, and other forms of bags are allowed inside the zoo but are subject to inspection prior to zoo entry.

Can I bring snacks into the park for my children?
For the safety of the animals within the zoo, no outside food or beverages are allowed inside the zoo. Snacks, meals, and beverages are available for purchase throughout the zoo at dining locations including the Garden Grille, Boomer’s Cafe, Safari Lodge, Sweet Shoppe, Rango Snacks, and Tamani’s Oasis.

Can I bring my service animal into the zoo?

Yes. Trained service animals are allowed in the zoo, so long as they are properly leashed. Personal pets are not permitted into the zoo for the safety of all animals and guests.

Is the zoo accessible for wheelchairs and other mobility issues?
Yes. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo goes to extreme lengths to ensure that all visitors have an extraordinary experience while at our zoo. All zoo pathways, facilities, and exhibits are accessible to all. In addition, the front parking lot, entryway, and walkways are designed to provide easy navigation for all guests.

Our front parking lot includes reserved spaces available for disabled guests. This parking lot includes ramp accessibility to the main entrance. During peak visitation days and times when these reserved parking spaces are full, parking lot security will try to assist vehicles carrying disabled guests.

When is the zoo open?
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is open daily from 9:30am to 5:00pm. The zoo is open late until 10:00pm on Friday and Saturday nights. The zoo is not open on Thanksgiving and Christmas day.

Can I get to the zoo using public transportation?

Yes. HART Bus Routes 41 and 45 will bring passengers to the zoo.