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.

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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107meccas
Wesley Chapel, Florida
"We act like kids when we come here!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2019 NEW
We brought a yearly pass and it's worth it. We always make friends and enjoy the sites. It's a small zoo but very fun and the attractions are fun...we rode the water ride at least 20 times. The kids had fun wetting us and we didnt mind because it's so damn hot in Florida... we return so many times and always enjoy ourselves.
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189abigailk
London, Canada
"Fun family activity "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed August 09, 2019 NEW
We visited the zoo with a four year old and 10 month old. We were lucky we got there when it opened because the heat was unbearable by early afternoon. They have fans blowing everywhere but it was impossible to keep our baby comfortable. The animals are well taken care of and the variety of animals is impressive. If you go, make sure to take advantage of the sting ray feeding opportunity. It was the highlight of my day. There are rides that are fun for my four year old and a nice splash park. My mom loves watching the koala and her baby. The only complaint we had was the extremely slow moving service at the Savanna food oasis. I was there was not too many people in the line before me because it took the staff an incredibly long time to serve French fries and meatball subs. We would go back to the zoo in the future.
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bez0890
"Wife’s Bday "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 06, 2019 NEW
Went to this Zoo and had a blast. It was a scorching Florida say but there is alot of shade spots. A lot of exhibits here(my fav was the painted dogs, never heard if these!). They even have rides here! And if you are Military, up to 4 tickets are free!!!
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bobbyk57
Tampa, Florida
"Love the zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 05, 2019 NEW
This is a very nice little zoo. They have a wide variety of animals that are easily seen in a near natural habitat. The manatee exhibit was cool. Take your time, sit and watch the animals, enjoy the day. You have to make your own fun. Its not Disney and that’s a good thing !
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rtgepd1
Lakeland, Florida
"Not as good or as forward thinking as when Lex Salisbury was the boss"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed August 05, 2019 NEW
We went on Saturday, it was a little busy but not like our visit to Adventure Island last week! The attractions were all ok, fairly clean but people are pigs. I missed Rango very much but the Orangutan exhibit is still my favorite. The additional charge for some of the rides and attractions are getting out of hand. Too much for the average family to enjoy. And for what they’re offering these days, an overall disappointing visit. If they are going to compete with other World class zoos around the country, they need to work harder. We went to the Bronx zoo two weeks ago and it was mesmerizing! When we got thirsty and stopped at a cart, the drinks weren’t even cold?? We were hungry about 3 hours into our trip and decided to eat we decided on the beer garden. The pizza was horrid and big enough for two people. The cheese tray had a few pieces of cheese on itvthat I believe were walked over by foot from the Serengeti they were so dry and the hummus and chips tasted processed, plasticky and chemically infused! In other words our opinion for future reference was don’t eat there! The icing on the cake as we were leaving hungry was a cart selling donuts that we figured would hold us in the meantime until we actually found food to eat but as we soon discovered that was also a mistake! They tasted 3-4 days old, crusty hard and sour almost! Another waste of money. My opinion is eat before and/or After you go there but do not expect to see The Bronx Zoo, the San Diego Zoo, the Minneapolis Zoo or anything similar?!!!
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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.