Tampa Bay Zoo New Years Eve - 2022 Celebration

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December 31, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm CST

Close up of a tiger with his mouth open showing his bottom teeth looking at the camera at ZooTampa in Tampa, Florida, USA

New Year’s Celebration is meant to be enjoyed not only by adults. This year, forgo that midnight party for a wholesome family extravaganza that doesn’t pass beyond the kid’s bedtime at Tampa Zoo New Years Eve! From dance contests and giveaways to special appearances and rides, the festivities at Tampa Zoo New Years Eve will surely be a hit with the little ones and even adults. There will be animal sightings and encounters, delighting guests with over 1,300 animals from around the world.

So, gather the whole crew and make the last day of 2022 a day to remember with your cutest wildlife friends with this family-friendly event.

Follow along to discover all the wild surprises at Tampa Bay Zoo New Year s Eve Party.

Tampa Bay Zoo New Year’s Celebration Tickets

The Tampa Bay Zoo doesn’t require Tampa Bay Zoo New Years Eve reservations, and the event is included with your general admission and membership. Snag your tickets from Tripster and save up to $3 per person.

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Tampa Bay Zoo Attractions


Can’t take a trip to Africa? No worries, as Tampa Bay Zoo, brings Africa to you. Get up close and personal with some of the rarest and most extraordinary wildlife, including African shoebills, elephants, zebras, giraffes, white rhinos, and pygmy hippos! With an out-of-this-world safari experience, it’s not a question why Africa is one of the sought-after attractions in the zoo!


When at Tampa Bay Zoo, it’s a crime not to visit Asian Gardens, where endangered creatures such as the Malayan tiger, Indian rhino, Komodo dragons, and more feel at home.

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Home to various exotic birds, Tampa Bay Zoo features five aviaries that you don’t want to miss.

Main Aviary

Flock to the zoo front in Manatee Circle to be amazed at the enormous free-flight aviary. Admire the macaws, parrots, and other feathery creatures soaring overhead. Plus, spot the resident sloth lounging around.

Lorikeet Landing

Stroll through this free-flight aviary and witness some of the most majestic birds from around the world. Plus, take the chance to even feed by paying a small fee. This attraction is found in the Asia realm.

Close up of a manatee laying on a wooden deck looking at the camera at ZooTampa in Tampa, Florida, USA

photo credit: ZooTampa at Lowry Park via Facebook

Sulawesi Aviary

Another gem located in Asia, Sulawesi Aviary, includes remarkable feathered creatures from Southeast Asia.

Hornbill Aviary

Before sipping all the brew at Beer & Wine Garden, visit its nearby attraction that serves as a habitat for some of the wonderful birds found in Africa.

Florida Aviary

Located in Florida Wilds, Florida Aviary is the place to get up close with colorful birds. Make sure to swing into the nearby flamingo and owl habitats!


Drop by Primate World to find endangered primates. Be amazed and learn more about their behaviors and the things you can do to protect them.

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Whether you’re obsessed with a wallaby or want a giant tortoise encounter koala bear, Wallaroo takes you to land down under with Wallaroo Station. The Australia-themed area provides unlimited discoveries for all the little or big adventurers.

Allot time to visit all these attractions:

  • Frosty® Cart by Wendy's®
  • Splash Pad
  • Mommy Stop & Family Restrooms
  • Dino Down Under Gift Shop
  • Boomer's Cafe
  • Mining Experience
  • Koalas, bats, wallabies, emus, and more!
  • The Koala Clubhouse Playground
  • Tasmanian Tiger Coaster
  • Wallaroo Barnyard From 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM


From mild to wild, Tampa Bay Zoo at Lowry Park offers exhilarating rides for you and your little thrill seekers. Hop in these scream-worthy attractions now:

  • Expedition Wild Africa Safari Ride
  • Roaring Springs
  • Overland Express Train
  • The Carousel
  • Tasmanian Tiger Coaster

Note: Make sure to ask the staff regarding height and age requirements, as there are attractions that children under the age of 3 who are not allowed in specific rides.

Close up of people riding the Tasmanian Tiger Coaster and having fun at ZooTampa in Tampa, Florida, USACarousel Circle

Treat your youngsters to a classic merry-go-round ride at The Carousel located near the Zoo's Main Entrance this New Year at ZooTampa. Don’t worry if your kiddos request another spin, as the ride is included in your general admission.

NEW! Florida Wilds

This new area features a spacious environment for local species so they can survive while also educating and offering lovely moments of animal encounters for guests. Enjoy unobstructed views of the endangered Florida panther and many more rescued animals, including black bears and skunks.

Manatee Circle

The adventure begins as you step foot at the Zoo's Main Entrance! Double the fun by heading to Manatee Circle, where you can make a splash in the Manatee Fountains and spot stunning birds at The Main Free-Flight Aviary.

ZooTampa New Year’s Date and Time

The Tampa Bay New Year’s celebration happens on December 31, 2022, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Head to the Wallaroo section to experience all the seasonal entertainment.

Experience Tampa Bay Zoo New Year’s Celebration

Wave goodbye to 2022 and share the magic of the New Year’s celebration with the whole gang at Tampa Bay Zoo, minutes away from Clearwater Beach! The zoo’s special bash features dance competitions, live music, seasonal treats, and animal encounters that appeal to kiddos and even adults. We're also hoping for the appearance of marching bands and fireworks display just like before.

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Meet Manny T. and Flora Panther in their party outfits, show off your moves and beat others to win prizes at DJ dance party contests, or hang out with macaws, panthers, or lions at this family-friendly New Year celebration.
The best part? It’s an all-day fair, so you’ll get to bond and ring in the new year without your kids getting cranky about missing bedtime.

Get your tickets now and have the wildest celebration you and your kids will remember for many years!


December 31, 2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm CST
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1101 W Sligh Ave
Tampa, FL 33604 United States
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This year, forgo that midnight party for a family extravaganza that doesn’t pass beyond the kid’s bedtime at Tampa Zoo New Years Eve!