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.

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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Honeymooners_811
Springfield, Missouri
"Good options for toddlers "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018 NEW
We took our 2.5 year old today, and he had a great time in the toddler area with a splash zone, train, toddler rides, and petting zoo. There is also a water park. The African exhibit was great including the penguins. The one request from my little guys: lions. There are no lions at the Tampa zoo. I'm told by management they are working on it.
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stayfrosty87
Cheyenne, Wyoming
"The best zoo hands down!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018 NEW
Our families have been zoo members since we've moved to the Tampa Bay area after our 1st visit because the entire park was absolutely amazing! The staff is great, the food is delicious, the prices are great, and the perks of being a annual pass member or outstanding! Best of all the zoo attractions are top notch. You can tell the animals are truly cared for and there is an abundance of displays and even side attractions for little kids such as a little water park area and kids rides. We even enjoyed Zoo Boo, Creatures of the Night, Christmas at Lowry park zoo, New Years at the zoo, the dino exhibits, and animal encounters which were all unforgettable for our family. We highly recommend this for one time visitors all the way up to potential annual pass holders.
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polkben44
Monroe, North Carolina
"Under Renovation"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 10, 2018 NEW
The zoo was full of very unique and cool exhibits. The encounters were very good we did the giaraffe feeding for $5 a person which was very much worth it. The only thing keeping this zoo from 5 stars was the fact that most of the habitats were under renovation and made it seemed like you were missing so many animals because they were not to be seen. I will say the Orangutans made up for it.
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alozam
Spring Hill, Florida
"Nice visit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed June 08, 2018 NEW
This is who is not the best zoo in the country but it’s worth going to. The place is clean moderately priced and it’s good for an afternoon. The animals look well kept in the enclosures are clean. We are zoo peopleAnd go to a mini zoos around the country and this is worth an afternoon’s visit. I didn’t like the neighborhood around it looked a little CD to keep your eyes open and keep yourself safe
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Cliff Q
East Peoria, Illinois
"$100 to visit a zoo for a family of 3... Wowzers"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 07, 2018 NEW
I wrote a review about this zoo a few years ago. So I figured I would update my latest visit to the LPZ... It has a good variety of animals and activities for the kids to do. The monkeys were very entertaining as they chattered back and forth. The kiddie rides were fun for the little ones as well. It was a clean park with free parking. The employees were very friendly and full of information. There's a lot of walking in the zoo which is not a big deal but if you need a stroller for the little ones, you might want to bring your own to save some $$. The restaurants were a bit pricey for the selection of food. Most sitting under a warmer for a length of time. There were probably a handful of exhibits closed which was a disappointment. It was just their routine maintenance or restructuring of habitats for animals. That is understandable. The admission prices were a little extreme for me. Our family paid almost $100 to go to the zoo for just over 2 hours. If you have a large family, it would be advised to buy the pass to get discounts and other perks. See their website for details. I had a pass from our local zoo at home but of course it was not on the reciprocal list. Be prepared to enjoy yourself for a few hours at the Lowry Park Zoo but also be prepared to pay a lot just to get into the zoo. While I came back a 2nd time to visit, I don't think there will be any future visits because of the price of the zoo.
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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.