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. 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.

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
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"WOW!!"
November, 2017 NEW
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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McChi
"Not just fun for kids!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
The zoo itself is not huge like many of the zoos nationwide, however, this works to its advantage as the spaces are created in such a way where you do not feel as if everything is clustered together. Rather, each group of animals feel like they have their own space and are not cramped. There is still plenty of walking for the day (We walked 8 miles), but not an extraordinary amount as can happen in Disney theme parks. Divided into sections of Asia, Florida, Australia, and Africa. Highlights include The clan of orangutans in the middle (trying to catch their feeding time as the orangutans try to "trick" the others so they can hoard more food), wallabies in Australia (they can be quite affectionate), the entire African experience (five dollar giraffe feeding, free narrated open tram ride through the back sections of Africa and seeing some animals much closer than walking), free shows at the 4-D Theatre (you will get 4-Dexperience with wind blowing, water squirts to accompany the film), manatee rescue/viewing Center (currently closed for renovations until spring 2018), stingray petting (free anytime) and feeding ($5 at specific times), two enclosed aviaries (fee for feeding them nectar), and barnyard petting zoo (can brush goats if you want). The best deals on food prices was at the African safari and an excellent place to sit and view the giraffes through the windows.
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Linda V
Hailsham, United Kingdom
"A must to visit"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 17, 2017 NEW
This was my 2nd visit to this zoo, great place to spend a day. The animals kept lovely and clean and all looked well kept. Staff around to answer any queries. Easily kept us their for the whole day.
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Yves J
Tampa, Florida
"A Good Place to Take the Family"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 13, 2017 NEW
We took our kids here for Veterans Day. It wasn't as crowded as I thought it would've have been considering many people were off work. The price is reasonable. The zoo is a decent size. I would advise you to bring your own stroller. A rental stroller costs $9 but is well worth it. The layout is one of the best that I've seen. I really enjoyed how they had great markers to let you know where at and where you were going. The cost for the Zoo Picture keepsakes were a little pricey. You should plan on taking about 3-4 hours to walk the entire park. I would suggest you take the train and get a good overview of everything then take the walk. I will be going back.
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Patrick J
Oviedo, Florida
"Halloween weekend was very nicely decorated"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2017 NEW
Halloween weekend they had fake spider webs everywhere and characters dressed to amuse all the children. Very family friendly Halloween place. Lots of animals to see. A great zoo for all kids and adults.
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roadwarrior96
Ashburn, Virginia
"Good zoo. Not overly large."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2017 NEW
An older format zoo. That means you can get closer to the animals and their enclosures than you can with more new-trend zoos that have fewer animals with larger enclosures. We spent a couple hours at the zoo and that was enough. Baby orangutan was cute.
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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.