Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL

1101 W. Sligh Ave.Tampa, FL 33604
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Overview

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.

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.

Description

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

3 Reviews
Jason 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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Charline E
north platte
"Beautiful"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 23, 2018 NEW
this is a clean well laid out zoo, easy to get around and delightful to see all the animals, Easy to find
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dninabean
Apollo Beach, Florida
"We love the animals"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2018 NEW
Very clean. Nice staff. The animals seem so happy. I know that sounds funny but they do. We really enjoyed going here.
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kitkatsarr
Sarasota, Florida
"Enjoying a afternoon"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed February 22, 2018 NEW
We are zoo members so we have been a few times this year already. We decided to go for the afternoon because the weather was so beautiful. We like this park because it's not usually over crowed and you can see most of the animals. They have several feeding options for a small additional fee. The only down fall is the zoo is small and though they are suppose to have special parking for zoo members they do not monitor it so parking is always a challage.
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Craig M
Lakeland, Florida
"A zoo whose time is past. "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 21, 2018 NEW
This used to be a nice zoo, but no longer. Many of the green spaces have been converted into theme park attractions, mostly for young children. While some animals were possibly well fed, many were in poor condition. Many cages were filthy, and many animals were stressed by lack of habitat. The music playing throughout might have been okay in a carnival, but was eerie here. We passed as many empty exhibits as stocked ones, so we left dissatisfied all the way around. The only exhibit I enjoyed was the Meerkats, and I think they were persevering in spite of their conditions. If you are wondering whether to visit, I would say, “Don’t bother.” We have been to many excellent zoos elsewhere.
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27VMG
Florida
"Clean, uncrowded, surprisingly good city zoo"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2018 NEW
My first visit to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo was a pleasant surprise. This is one of the cleanest zoos I have ever been to. The animals appear to be all well cared for and this zoo doesn't smell like a typical zoo. Beautifully landscaped, broad variety of animals, plenty of clean restrooms and snack/lunch venues. The zoo is divided into several sections (Asia, African Savanna, Florida, Childrens Petting Zoo, Primates) so each area has its own personality. Many of the animals are only their temporarily - as they are there to heal injuries and will be returned to the wild after rehabilitation. The signage could be improved. We walked in circles trying to find our way out of one section looking for the entrance to another section. But it was good exercise! We also noted something that we have not seen in other public parks: sharps containers for used insulin and other needles. Kudos to Tampa for thinking about that need. The Florida section is a work-in-progress which will soon have a section for manatees and other Florida wildlife. The African safari ride was brief but very enjoyable. This is a zoo I will definitely return to. I am impressed with what the City of Tampa has accomplished here. There is sufficient free parking too.
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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.