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 is 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.

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Good To Know

  • Animal encounters, rides, and extraordinary experiences make 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 the park for children and adults.
  • The Tampa's ZooQuarium Ticket is recommended if you are staying in Central Florida.
  • For guests with kids, extra clothes are recommended. There are a few kid's 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 are permitted inside the Zoo.
  • Smoking is only permitted in designated areas.
  • Free parking.
  • Wear sunscreen.
  • The park is operating at a reduced capacity.
  • Touchless transactions will be available and encouraged.
  • Per CDC guidelines, masks are strongly encouraged to be worn indoors by those not fully vaccinated.
  • Masks are required during our Signature Encounters, Giraffe Meet & Greet, Expedition Wild Africa Safari Ride & while in the Safari Ride queue line, and during certain animal experiences.
  • Masks are NOT required when outdoors.
  • Socially distance from other groups is encouraged.

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, 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.

New Adventures and Returning Favorites

Florida Wilds: The new immersive area features more spacious habitats for native species so they can thrive, while also providing engaging moments of diversion and education for guests. Families will be able to get closer than ever to the animals that call Florida home – not just alligators, skunks, and flamingos, but also large black bears and beautiful but endangered Florida panthers and red wolves.

Hamadryas Baboons: A new species is joining the popular Primate Realm at ZooTampa, Hamadryas baboons. This unique member of the Old World monkey family was a sacred animal to the Ancient Egyptians and a representative of their god of learning. The group of six brothers, who came to ZooTampa from New York’s Prospect Park Zoo, will make their public debut on March 1 in a sprawling, fully remodeled habitat featuring expansive windows allowing guests unobstructed viewing of their remarkable silver mane, pink faces, and playful nature of these intelligent primates.

Manatee Rescue Center at ZooTampa: ZooTampa’s David A. Straz, Jr Manatee Critical Care Center, already the second-largest critical care facility in the United States, is amplifying its leadership and efforts aimed at saving Florida’s iconic species. In late 2022 we will be increasing our capacity for the direst cases, including adding a nursery pool for the smallest of patients.

Stingray Bay: This newly reimagined interactive habitat will give guests a chance to touch and feed graceful stingrays, at their discretion, while they swim carefree in a state-of-the-art habitat. Stingray Bay will be home to safe-to-touch species, including cownose and southern stingrays, and features a 34,000-gallon saltwater pool that will be low enough for young children to peer and reach into the water, yet provide “rest zones” and “hides” for the animals. Stingray Bay also features a truly unforgettable opportunity to wade into the water for a rare up-close-and-personal encounter with these amazing animals!

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 where 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.

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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 in 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 access 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 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. 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.