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!

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.

Tampa Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Tampa 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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Tampa 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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Shaun P
Toronto, Canada
"Excellent Small Zoo Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
We were very impressed with ZooTampa at Lowry Park. All the exhibits were well looked after, and we enjoyed every minute at the park. It is well-organized, and a will take you the better part of the day to explore. It is best that you arrive at opening, as many of the animals seek shelter during the heat of the day. The Zoo's commitment to working with other facilities to save endangered animals, especially not the "pretty ones" that people pay $$ to see, is quite commendable. The water log ride in the middle of the park is a nice refreshing "splash" in the middle of a hot summer day. There are also plenty of opportunities for smaller children to splash around.
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mooshe31
"Best Zoo in the South!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 21, 2019 NEW
Lots of kid friendly views here! The animals have nice places to be and you feel good visiting this place.
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bethwalden3
Bloomington, Indiana
"Nice Zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
Nice place to spend a few hours. Free parking. Was inundated with summer camp kids so it was a bit hard to enjoy. Will return.
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scotty3262
Tampa, Florida
"Outstanding "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2019 NEW
Great, family friendly zoo! Super clean, lots of attractions for the kiddos! The food is “meh” but it is after all a zoo.
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stefernie1234
San Juan, Puerto Rico
"Our Favorite Tampa Bay Attraction"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed July 09, 2019 NEW
My daughter and I have visited this same zoo I used to visit as a kid. It has been our favorite memory together. Zoo admission is nice because it includes both kid and adult rides. There's no need to worry about buying tokens or having extra cash on hand like other zoos. There is a free safari around the larger animals (elephants, rhinos, zebras) that is really nice to do when you get tired and hot. Parents are allowed to pack snacks and drinks, but not lunch items like sandwiches. There is a great area for kids that includes a petting zoo, splash pad, small rides, and a place to buy food. Come in the morning to see the animals more lively since it gets hot here. The zoo is usually calm and quiet but gets really busy for evening events which are a lot of fun. Also, feed the giraffes first thing in the morning because they do get full later on. We hope you enjoy this place as much as we have!
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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.