ZooTampa at Lowry Park
ZooTampa at Lowry Park
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Experience wildlife like nowhere else! See Florida manatees receiving lifesaving care. Get up-close to a rescued Florida panther. Take a stroll down a shaded boardwalk – where you’ll find native birds, otters, alligators, bears, skunks, and other Florida wildlife – to the thrilling family water adventure Roaring Springs! Then see rare and exciting wildlife from Asia, Africa, and Australia. And so much more!
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Linda R
    38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great zoo to visit!
    Great zoo! We visited on a trip from Connecticut and were pleasantly surprised at how nice the zoo was. We could have spent hours relaxing in the manatee area watching them swim and listening to music! So many of the animals were active during our visit. We loved it and hopefully will be back next year.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Karen B
    Hudson, Florida2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Zoo Love
    My husband and I are annual pass holders. By having an annual pass it makes this zoo very affordable. Every time we visit we see new things depending on time of day and time of year. We find it fascinating to see their different behaviors at different times and different seasons. Our absolute favorite animals in the park are the Siamang monkeys. We have been fortunate enough to be there on days when they are showing off their athletic abilities swinging and singing, they are LOUD! The manatees are a very close second as they are near and dear to our hearts. I love that they have a manatee hospital to help recover sick and injured manatees and they do so with such enthusiasm. You get a lot out of talking to the staff that works with the animals. They love to answer our questions and we've learned so much. We have been to much larger zoos but we find that we enjoy this so much more. We can actually make it through the park in one day and see everything and they have so many new experiences every time we visit. Christmas time is probably most beautiful time to visit the zoo. We find it great to visit on cooler days and early in the day when the animals are more active. We love watching secrets of the zoo Tampa and we're actually learning many of the animals names and how they are trained so the veterinarians can properly care for them. There's not one single animal or reptile in that park that we don't enjoy seeing.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 8, 2023
  • Jeannine G
    Indianapolis, Indiana5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Treasure in Tampa
    What a treasure! My 4 year old granddaughter loved seeing the animals (that all looked very well cared for)! The zoo has a great layout. We watched several episodes of Secrets of the Zoo before our visit and were pleasantly surprised that some of the animals featured on the show were in their habitats!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 21, 2023
  • AK Mama
    Fairbanks, Alaska50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great zoo!
    There are volunteers throughout the zoo and John was at the upper manatee area on the day we were there. He was wonderful!!! Make sure to take the time for the Safari tour even though there may be a wait for it. Caroline was an awesome tour guide! We were able to see a month old baby rhino that wasn’t on exhibit yet. So tiny!!! The apes were active and entertaining. The app could use a little improvement, but has some good features so make sure you download it while planning your visit. City Pass is the way to go for admission if you’re visiting several places for several days. Make sure you book experiences in advance because they will sell out.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 11, 2023
  • LUCIA J
    Arcadia, Florida4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overall Good experience but with incident
    We went to the Christmas Wild in the Lights Dec 2 I took my 2 grandchildren. Park was beautiful lights everywhere. We saw many animals. They had several characters on stilts talking to the children. They were amazing . especially the princesses. We saw a fun song show and played a game of selecting crocodiles swimming in water and the number on their belly determined the prize. The young lady running this was fantastic and made it so much fun for the kids. The only problem we experienced was an small ice cream dots booth with stuffed animal's and toys and treats. My granddaughter selected a small ice cream treat marked on the freezer cooler as 7 dollars. I gave the young man a 20 and he gave back a ten dollar bill and two pennies . I told him my change was wrong , He said the ice cream was $8.99. I showed him where the freezer it came from said $7.00. He was very rude and I did get agitated. He asked me if I wanted to speak to managements and I said yes. He then told me to not let her eat the ice cream that she had taken the lid off of. Management was not able to come over and I walked away frustrated with this young mans rudeness. As I walked around corner to leave two managements were sitting at a table talking Had their walkie talkies . Disappointing they could not get up and walk a few steps to help solve a problem. Over all everyone their was fantastic but this incident and the way it was handled will make me think twice about going back again and taking my grandchildren
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 29, 2023
  • Lorrie P
    Kennewick, Washington133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great zoo experience
    It was a bit chilly going in January but we were still able to see most of the animals. It seemed the tortoises were the most reclusive and were hiding under the hay. The manatees were awesome and the primates were very active. We spent 4 hours and enjoyed it very much.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 4, 2024
  • JoanMG
    Rockville, Maryland34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's All Happening at the Zoo!
    We had an awesome visit. While a goal was to see the rare Shoebill Storks, I had many favorite experiences: seeing the large family of Orangutans interacting including the mother and baby descending from a rope and then baby nursing was a highlight. The underwater manatee exhibit was terrific; we spent a long time watching them munch on their lettuce - so fun to be able to see their faces clearly :) The penguin encounter was cute. Keepers were friendly and informative.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 20, 2024
  • Beth P
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wedding Venue
    If you are looking for a unique Wedding Venue, this is the place! Our Family just hosted our son's Wedding this past weekend and our Wedding Coordinator Shelly was Fantastic! After the outdoor intimate wedding, the guests were able to feed the giraffes, and have 2 other animal encounters during the cocktail hour. The reception was fun, the food was fabulous, Denise and her team were on point! I simply can't say enough about this venue and staff! What a night for our family and friends!
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 23, 2024
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Nick S
Wauwatosa, WI22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
This zoo has so much to offer! I could easily stay here all day.
They have plenty of events for people to take part in, including the macaw flyover, stingray exhibit, feeding the birds, and the safari ride. The food is also pretty good and they have plenty of drink stations.
Written June 16, 2024
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Sarah B
26 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We wanted to visit Zoo Tampa at Lowry Park on our last day of our family holiday, however my husband then remembered that last time we visited in May 2019 our bags were pulled apart and all food and drinks removed. We therefore decided to check their policy before booking this time (May 24) and sure enough there was still an array of items not allowed into the zoo, and you could only have a 20 fl oz bottle of sealed water at 1 per person. I searched for reviews and another trip adviser said water onsite cost $8.99 per bottle!! ... it was 36oC with a 43 humidity feel, I'm sorry but how can you limit the water bottle size. I understand the food policy to a degree and perhaps excl other drinks except from plain water but really, water!! I couldnt even find out whether they had free water fountains, it just kept saying "we sell this that and the other" And because of this we didn't give our money to Zoo Tampa.
Check their website before you book!
Written June 3, 2024
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Jessica K
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Me encanto mi visita. The kids were able to make great use of the splash pad and cool off. I love that they keep their exhibits fresh year-round
Written May 31, 2024
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JP H
Miami, FL17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Not worth the price.
It’s a smaller zoo compared to others, and at close to $100 admission for a couple just not worth it. I notice now tha many of the good reviews are from several years ago when admission was a lot less. It took about 3 1/2 hrs to see pretty much everything in the zoo. On a recent trip to NYC we went to the Bronx Zoo; admission was $10 less and you couldn’t see everything if you stayed a week.

The zoo raised admission prices by $10 once they were on tv.
Written May 29, 2024
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joyful_traveler
Orlando, FL25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We really enjoyed our time at the zoo. The exhibits were well maintained, the animals were a sight to see and we even did a few rides. They built the new section for Australia which also included a covered playground area and a splash pad. If we brought suits we could have made a whole day out of our visit. The only thing I was disappointed in was the cost of the photos being that they weren’t real and it was all green screen. I asked if they take photos for behind the scenes and animal encounters and they confirmed yes. So, we decided to skips the cheesy photo for $30 and go back to experience all animal encounters and behind the scenes then choose one of those photos as our memory at the zoo with the real animals. We had a great time and we look forward to returning again!
Written May 29, 2024
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Catherine L
161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I love the work you do with the Manatees. I could have spent all day watching the orangutans Manatees and pelicans. Really impressed by the zoo. Good gift shop as well.
Written May 18, 2024
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Robert T
Myrtle Beach, SC9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Stayed overnight for Cruise the next day. Parked car safely for 1 week. Parking was a package deal with one night's stay. Very convenient.
Written May 17, 2024
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ron o
Tampa, FL1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
The zoo is not what it was when it first opened many years ago. My shoulder-to- shoulder experience was not pleasant, far too many concessions with too many items for sale.

The idea that expanding this facility to the east side of North Boulevard would benefit
the surrounding neighborhood, or Tampa in general, is incorrect. More traffic and increased noise would be the result of an expansion.

The impact on the beautiful natural area used by the general public would be negative to say the least. Less building and more preservation of the east side would serve our citizens better.

Concerned Tampa citizen_
Written May 4, 2024
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Rocklama
Warrenton, VA30 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
It was disappointing.

Many, many of the animal exhibits were empty the day we went (signs posted that they were out of habitat); most concessions closed. Was there when they opened at 9:30. For adults, was not worth the price.

For families? Probably enjoyable when the weather is warm and the kids can enjoy the water features to cool off and the kiddie rides. The children share seemed to be having a good time. For adults without enjoying the wonder and play of children (which is a magnificent thing to behold), not so much.

The Siamang primates put on a great show.

Some animals without companions on their enclosures. No enrichment so seemingly a poor quality of life.

Love the work they do with manatees. I see manatee frequently where I live and the work they do here to support the injured is amazing.
Written May 1, 2024
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James D
Syracuse, NY15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
my wife and i visited Zoo Tampa for the first time and were very pleased with the whole experience. the first thing we liked was the free parking , next was the single day admission ($47.95) included free return visits for the rest of 2024. the Zoo is very big with a lot of endangered animals, some that are not, and some that are being rehabilitated too, there is also many demonstrations through out the day as well so you can make a day out of it if you enjoy animals, mammals, and birds, so this zoo gets a A+ in our book !
Written April 24, 2024
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