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Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL

1101 W. Sligh Ave.Tampa, FL 33604
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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo 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. Love manatees? The Zoo is the only place in Tampa where guests can see Florida manatees year round. At the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital, the Zoo’s veterinary and animal-care staff treat sick, injured and orphaned manatees, and return them to the wild after rehabilitation. The Zoo also cares for the most diverse group of Florida wildlife anywhere, and has won numerous awards for animal preservation.

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.
  • Tampa TRIO or Tampa CityPASS 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.


from Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
If fun is in your nature, spend some time at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, 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.

Reserve Orlando Customer Reviews

2 Reviews
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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TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 25, 2017 NEW
Lots of areas closed for refurbishment. Safari tour is mainly past caged exhibits. Food and drink way overpriced. Nowhere near as good as our previous visit about 10 years ago.
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"Fun spur of the moment trip "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2017 NEW
We had a day to kill before plans we had so we decided to google things to do, we noticed the zoo. First impression is that it wasn’t really busy so we thought it must not be that good of a zoo, we then noticed the price of tickets....I’m used to zoo’s only charging like $5-$10 this was $35 but no big deal. We started walking around and we were surprised at how big the zoo actually is and the large group of animals they have. We did a safari kinda thing they had with golf cart things actually really fun. Over all I feel the zoo is a for profit zoo which I don’t like as the price of tickets were high and price of food and drinks were high. I would recommend this zoo if you’re in Tampa and need something to do.
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Seminole, Florida
"Very Disappointed this time"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed September 23, 2017 NEW
I wrote a review on this Zoo back in July of 2013. It at that time was my favorite of all the zoos I have been too. Today we visited Lowry Park Zoo and were totally disappointed. So much had changed and not for the better. The Zoo has become very commercialized. The big hype was on photo ops by paid photographers which were over priced and add ons like tours, and feeding of the animals (which for the Lorikeets was $5.00 for a less than 1 ounce cup of nectar) The printed map you pick up at guest services is totally off, things showing on the map not there or are in the wrong place on the map. The park does not flow, many times you are taken down a path that shows it circles around but ends in a dead end and you have to back track. There was a gift shop shown on the map that did not even exist The beautiful gardens that once were with pink flamingos and the beautiful gazebo that used to be on the east side of the park is gone. Only half the number of animals are there that were there 4 years ago. The animal's enclosures do not seem as good or as well kept as before. The park was not well kept and we saw no one going around cleaning up as you do in most other parks Prices have gone up far beyond what they should for a park this size. We purchased an annual pass on line the night before.At the end of checking out it said I would receive an e-mail with our tickets. I kept checking all night and before we left for the zoo nothing. I took the confirmation number I received at checkout and we were given a day pass and was told to check with guest services at the end of our visit. We checked and they still did not have us in the system. Said they would get with their IT guy and that I should keep checking for the e-mail and to keep the printed confirmation and bring it next time we came to the park. I paid $132.00 for a dual annual pass and still do not have the passes and must go through all this again the NEXT time we go to the park. I feel that the park should have done more either given me the passes today or told me they would mail the passes when the IT problem was corrected. After going to the park today my husband and I regret having purchased the passes at all. My husband and I do not get to have a couples day often and although we enjoyed being together the experience was very disappointing to say the least
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Tampa, Florida
"Family fun"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 21, 2017 NEW
The zoo, is laid out nicely, the exhibits are great, and the kids have a play area that they can cool off at. It's a fun place to take kids or just walk around and see the animals.
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Jaime W
"Nice place for 2-8 year olds"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 20, 2017 NEW
Very nice zoo with rides for 2-8 year olds. Small splash park so bring your kids bathing suit and a towel. Food here is sparse, so eat before you go.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

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.