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“Great Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604
+1 813-935-8552
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Owner description: Recognized as the #1 Zoo in the U.S. by Parents magazine (2009) and Child magazine (2004), Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo features more than 1,000 amazing animals on nearly 60 acres of natural habitats. Guests will find many interactive exhibits and opportunities to get closer to wildlife -- feed a giraffe, hold a lorikeet, touch a stingray 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 wild manatees. Also at the zoo: splash ground water play areas, wild rides, educational shows and restaurants. Zoo daytime admission prices are: adults - $24.95; seniors (60+) - $22.95; children (ages 3-11) - $19.95; and children 2 and under are free. Daytime admission includes unlimited amusement rides. Parking is free.
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“Great Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

Spent a day there this summer and what a wonderful place!! My kids (11 and 7) loved it.....so many things for them to do. We have been to 10 different zoos in the past several years and this one is a definate must visit!! Enjoy.

Visited July 2013
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“Small Town Zoo”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

Easy acces. Decent parking. Some exhibits are decent. We've been to the Philadelphia Zoo,Lincoln Park Zoo, St. Louis Zoo, and Phoenix Park Zoo in Dublin, Ireland. Lowry Park Zoo markets itself as a world class zoo, but it falls short-way short. They just don't have anything that sets them apart from any other local zoo. The best exhibit is the interactive aviary.

For citizens of the Tampa Bay Area it works. I wouldn't drive more than 50 miles to see it. That would be a waste of time. Perhaps the animals are more animated in the winter.

Visited June 2013
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Casselberry, Florida
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“Nice zoo but some improvements could be made”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We are members at two other zoos so got into the zoo at half price, so price wasn't an issue for us. There were a number of animal exhibit shows but I wish they were planned so guests could go from one to another easily without backtracking all over the zoo. We decided to stroll the zoo and not wear outselves out by getting to the shows (and we love animal shows). We happened to be at the penguins for the morning feeding and that was very well done; the keeper was very informative and the penguins were adorable. We saw more birds of all varieties here than at any other zoo and that was a treat for us. The baby elephants and rhinos were fun to see; the exhibit space for these looked very spacious. However the giraffe viewing area seemed to be limited only to those who paid to feed them. The platform was very small. Many people in line just gave up and walked away. We're used to the Brevard Zoo where the platform is huge and guests can get up close to the giraffes without having to pay for feeding. This was a disappointment. We had fun watching the orangutans getting some fruit enrichment from a keeper. The biggest problem for us was the deplorable conditions at the manatee viewing area. We've seen the manatee area at SeaWorld and know how clean it can be kept. However the water here was so dirty and mucky and you could barely see the manatees at the underwater viewing areas. The hospital area tanks looked horrible. One staff said that this area was paid for by some outside grant, but that shouldn't excuse the conditions for these magnificent creatures. We got to the zoo when it opened on a Tuesday and were ready for lunch around noon, but nothing was open except for the main cafe at the entrance. The cafe by Africa didn't open for 30 minutes when we got there, so we didn't eat until almost two when we were famished and ready to leave.

Visited October 2013
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“A very upclose encounter”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Tampa's Zoo is unllike any I've ever been to, and I'm not sure if I like it not. While you get very upclose to the animals and get to see them like never before, I can't help but think that they should be in large enclosures. Regardless, it is a great experience, especially the giraffes.

Visited November 2012
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“Great little zoo”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Lowry Park Zoo is a great little zoo, well worth a visit if you are in the area. We live just north of Tampa, and regularly visited the zoo (even more often when the kids were younger. A terrific variety of animals, exotic and local. A real bargain too!

Visited April 2013
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