ZooTampa at Lowry Park in Tampa, FL

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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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

5 Reviews
Tripster Customer
Palmyra, ME
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Fun for all!"
April 2019 NEW
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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Mmyost0531
Tampa, Florida
"Love"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 19, 2019 NEW
We have year passes here. My kids always have a blast. The zoo itself is very well maintained and the staff is so kind and passionate. Love the new water ride too! I always reccommend this zoo to all my friends and family 💛
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285caroleh
Homosassa, United States
"nice zoo but food places need CLEANING"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 14, 2019 NEW
zoo has a nice assortment of animals. Several food places not open and safari ride closed almost all of Mothers Day. We tried several times and when it did open very late in the afternoon there was more than an hour wait ! Checked the few food places open and not many good choices to make plus the tables and floors were very dirty. Stuff on floor....looked like ice cream or something that could cause slips & falls. Went in to the grill several times to get something and to get out of the heat. Every time dirty and sticky tables....afraid of those germs going around as not any or much cleaning going on ! I would have wiped the table myself if I had a wipe on me. They need too step up on the food places with some healthy choices and soap and water to match the animal care.
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RoriTravel
Orlando, Florida
"Wonderful to return to this lovely zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 10, 2019 NEW
Our first visit to Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park was back when I was travel writing. It’s been a number of years, but once again we had a wonderful time, enjoying the park setting, wonderful animals, and fun day in the Florida sun. One of the highlights of the zoo is their work with rescued and rehabilitation of manatee. These gentle giants of the sea are on hand to show how beautiful they are while warning how we must be far more careful in their natural world. Speeding boats and other man-made dangers threaten them. But here they can recover from boat strikes or cold water and when ready, are returned to their natural waters. On hand this visit were 3 adorable slow moving, graceful giants. Only a few days before Zoo Tampa staff had released one of their recent saves. Additionally we enjoyed the apes of various types and sizes, watching babies learning how to be big monkeys and apes, and playing. We love talking with keepers and volunteers and on this day had several chances. I love spotting them working along pathways or in situations where you can ask questions, such as the keeper who came out to distract some of the orangutang while other keepers let in a younger female. Turns out she’s at an age where she isn’t fitting in (between her roles in the group) so they were bringing her in for some special time. I love learning these insights and adding to my knowledge of the wild kingdom. This zoo has many opportunities to learn new things, if you’re paying attention. We also enjoyed the penguins, this day not only during the keepers talk, but participating in a behind-the-scenes tour of their enclosure. Such options allow visitors a closer, hands-on (in some cases) chance to learn more in depth about a species and their needs and care. The tour takes you backstage where part of our group went inside the night house to learn about their care (feeding, prep, husbandry, breeding, and more), while the other group sat outside to watch a penguin, learn a bit about the species and the particular animal, and each person getting to pet them. Once done we switched, moving outside to meet our little guy, Rocky. He was a handsome little booger, with a sweet, but big personality; by today’s standards an “influencer” who knows how to strike a pose. Yes, we got pics, including a selfie. He knew just what to do. Such interactions are great for people in that they increase awareness, empathy, and instill a desire for taking care of the animals and their environs. I’ve had many such encounters and always come away renewed in my spirit of love and care. We did have lunch at their restaurant in the front area of the park. Have to say, it’s typical zoo fare. It’s decent, but in no way will it compete with most restraints. Pricing is a bit high, results are average. We tried, but came away uninspired. There are options around the park, and we thought about waiting until we left. However, in the Florida heat you need to stay hydrated, so we grabbed a few bottles of water and lemonade. And you need to eat during the day. I do not know about policies for bringing in food, but to buy is easy, just not overly… great. We ended the day at the front of the park for what we found out is a bird fly; a group of macaws fly to their boxes, then on cue doors drop and they take off, fly around the front courtyard circle, then gather again on a tall sign at the end. It’s a fun way to see them in action, watching the beauty of their flight. Overall it was a fun day, in a lovely setting, with so many options for visitors of many level of interest in animals. If you are looking for a nice place to expose children to the world of animals, teach students about their needs, or spend time with someone you love enjoying the animal kingdom, Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park Zoo is a lovely choice. We added to our initial entry fee, upgrading to a year pass, so we most certainly will be back.
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Usfguy
Tampa, Florida
"A fun place to take your children"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 07, 2019 NEW
When we went there the first time we were expecting a typical zoo experience, but it was that and much more. We had so much interacting with animals and in particular, with the birds and parrots. It was so much fun, and they had kids ride that was not a usual for a zoo. My family ended up buying a pass for a year, so we can come back for more
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Caroline D
Georgia Coast, Georgia
"Nice zoo, especially for little children"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 07, 2019 NEW
The zoo was nice and had some animals that are not as common. We enjoyed it and there are a lot of water play areas if you have little children.
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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.