ZooTampa at Lowry Park in Tampa, FL

1101 W. Sligh Ave.Tampa, FL 33604
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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

4 Reviews
Reserve Orlando Customer
Tampa, FL
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Excelent"
June, 2018
It was a magical experience , have the best deals ever , really nice people , really clean pleace , loved it
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Anais 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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lalangan29
Milford, Pennsylvania
"Lots of Fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2018 NEW
This is a great place for both the young and old! There are so many animals to see. We spent a good three hours touring the zoo. You can hand feed and pet the stingrays. You can take a little safari ride to see the African wildlife. You can even feed the rhinos. All in all it's a worthwhile activity/attraction if you're in the area!
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Storyteller757613
"Best Zoo Ever!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2018 NEW
I consider myself a zoo-aholic. I love zoos and go to them everywhere I go. This zoo offers lots of stuff for kids to do. There are lots of rides, games and a splash pad. They have lots of great animals and the layout is easy to follow. There is a fun safari ride to see some animals a little closer and you can hand feed giraffes. There is a photographer when you first come in that will take some fun pictures of the family that you can purchase. These pictures will be expensive, but they are great! Plan on at least 3 hours here to see and do everything!
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Kathy D
Hendersonville, Tennessee, United States
"Lots of animals and fun for younger kids."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 11, 2018 NEW
This zoo has lots of animals for kids and adults to see. I gave it a four because I wanted to see the manatees but they weren't there. It is spread out so plan to walk unless you take the tram. It's decorated for Christmas and has a huge tree when you first enter the park. Take your time and enjoy everything. The kids area was in full swing with lots to do including running through water....It is clean and on a pretty day, so easy to maneuver through.
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Elle567
"Best zoo in Tampa Bay"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018 NEW
This is a great zoo that will be enjoyed by young and old. Make sure you get a schedule of the animal shows. They have lots of different animals. Children will enjoy riding various animals, for which you have to pay extra. Nice shops. Typical places to eat. Avoid going in the summer. It gets very hot.
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S H
"Fun visit!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 09, 2018 NEW
If you haven't been - it's a great park, with fantastic staff, a fun area for kids with rides & games and a new water flume ride. It's also very educational! You can get through the park in a few hours. If you go off season or during the week, you may find that all the kiosks aren't open - but plenty will be. Take the Safari ride! And right now, it's decorated for Christmas! 🎅🏼
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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.