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.

CHRISTMAS IN THE WILD AT ZOOTAMPA RETURNS NOVEMBER 29th
Event details:
? Christmas in the Wild takes place on select nights from November 29- December 23, 2019
? Specific event dates: November 29, 30 & December 6-8, 13- 15, 19-23
? Event starts at 4 p.m. and features extended hours until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
and 7 p.m. on other days; included with admission.

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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Rimma K
Tampa, Florida
"Good place to spend a couple of hours"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 06, 2019 NEW
Many animals,a lot of shade,animals petting area,splash pad,a couple of roller coastes for young kids,interactive areas...they organize Halloween nights,Christmas lights and other theme festivals during the year. A place to return with toddlers and young kids.
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Mike R
Tampa, Florida
"Great For Kids"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 05, 2019 NEW
Make sure to check what attractions are open if planning to go during the week. The Zoo has a lot to offer, and are usually available on weekends. However during the week in the offseason, many of the attractions and concessions are closed. Its still a hidden gem in the middle of Tampa.
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Kristina S
"Savana Oasis at Tampa Zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 03, 2019 NEW
At the zo all attractions were amazing. Food on the other hand was horrible at Savana oasis restaurant in Africa area. Chicken was so dry and hard that I thought it was plastic. Salad was not good as well, who can screw up salad, that place can.
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katielI2084TW
Cincinnati, Ohio
"Wow what a gem! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 24, 2019 NEW
We visited today with our 3 young children. We have a zoo pass to our local BIG zoo and it has nothing on this zoo. I love the layout of the animals being categorized. I love that the parking was free and the rides, yes rides!, are free. We visited each area and rode the zoo tram. My son did the coaster 3 times and we did all the other rides once. Most of the animals were closer than other zoos. It was a really awesome day and I’m so glad we made it to the Tampa zoo. Probably my highlight of this trip.
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G4887FSalrxejk
Orlando, Florida
"We did not enjoy the zoo at all"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed October 22, 2019 NEW
Maybe we've spent too much time at places like Busch Gardens and Animal Kingdom. This was not an enjoyable experience for us. The habitats could use a makeover. A lot of the viewing windows were too filthy to see out of. There were a lot of the common animals you would expect to see at the zoo. Food and beverages were scarce. It was super hot outside and not having a drink made it worse. We ate at the only restaurant we could find and it was the most expensive canned food we’ve ever had. Admission is $29.95 a person. Tampa Bay CityPASS discounted tickets is the way to go if you're on vacation. We use to take the kids here all the time when they were little and always like it. Maybe it would be more enjoyable with young kids. As adults, we did not like our visit and won’t be back.
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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.