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's ZooQuarium 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!

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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H2498UXmikeb
Spring Hill, Florida
"Great place"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 06, 2020 NEW
Visited for the first time since was a young kid. It had a rides and other attractions in the day. Since then they change Lowry Park to Zoo Tampa, which is what it is now. Well put together and easy to navigate. Animal areas are well kept and is an enjoyable place to go. Due to COVID-19, best to make reservations online. But still can gain entrance as long as maximum folks are not present, an appointment will guarantee entry.
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4stevemandy
Seal Beach, California
"The manatees were our favorite! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 28, 2020
The manatees were our favorite, but we paid extra to touch the white rhino too! A varied collection of animals with some nice exhibits.
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M7347ATcherylb
"I was extremely disappointed; although it was HOT and COVID-19 lurks everywhere, there were NO ANIMALS!"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2020
At the $39.95 price of admission, per individual, I would think more actual animals could be acquired. Allow an open "avoid the line" concept to purchase online tickets for the day of (I was on the website at 12:19 only to learn the cutoff was 12:00 to purchase a $3.00 savings. Lower the admission price since a lot of exhibits were closed due to COVID; however, didn't understand why these exhibits were closed anyway; mask wearing and being outdoors; I did not bring any children, but $27.00 for a child to enter is also ridiculous. There was only 1 bear, 2 tigers (they say the 2nd one was inside); no lions, 2 elephants, 1 giraffe, no apes nor chimps, only small hardly visible monkeys, 1 panther, 2 alligators (in FLORIDA? should have been crawling with them!) I will note on the positive, the aquarium was explicit-it was indoor and NOT closed so why were other indoor or walk-thru areas? There was a marine biologist student available to answer questions about the medical holding tanks, which are remarkable for the care of marine animals that become injured. The grounds themselves all natural habitats for the animals, if there were some to put in them..but very impressive with the boardwalks, rock formations and waterfalls throughout the park. Not a good value for the $40.00 admission, wish I could say so.
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K3980YLanthonys
Melbourne, Florida
"Great day at the zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 12, 2020
This was my first time at ZooTampa and we were not disappointed. We got there when it opened and didnt really have much trouble with the heat/mask wearing till mid afternoon when we left. The Aviary was closed and several other exhibits were closed due to COVID. Reservations for the train, lorakeet feeding and the DINO section were made in advance. The water ride was a great way to end the day. The animal exhibits looked spacious and we both had a great time.
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Keithdoesnttravel
Sunrise, Florida
"Zoo Tampa is ok"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 08, 2020
Zoo Tampa is ok. They have a pretty good layout and fun attractions. Great animals. There were several enclosures that were shut down and did not have any animals in them.
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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.