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
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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!
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Kyla1098
Clarksburg, WV125 contributions
The only negative I have to say is there is so much circling around and you're not entirely sure if you've seen it all. The app is very helpful but you have to make sure you click all the right things to check the animals off the list. We went on a hot day that turned to rain. Some animals weren't out that's to be expected. Some animals though were just impossible to see or get good angles because of their enclosure. The is some cover from the rain but few and far between. Food and drink is reasonably priced. They do have some unusual zoo animals like Okapi and Shoebill Storks that are only in a few zoos in all of the United States. It is worth a look. If you're into doing other things in Tampa look at the City Pass it saved a ton of money.
Written June 20, 2022
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Ellyn S
Westerly, RI22 contributions
I thought the price of this zoo for the day was high at $40 a person. I understand we are in the area of high priced attractions but this is more than twice the price of the zoo in our state. It is a decent sized zoo. It was a cool day and there were not a lot of people at the zoo. A lot of areas weren't open for snacks or food. We found a place to get a burger in the children's zoo area and it was $10 a burger or $7 for a hot dog. Once again, a bit pricey. The upside is once you purchase the ticket you can come back all year as many times as you want. Great if you live local but not if you are visiting from another state. There are some great exhibits. The manatees were wonderful and I expect some of the high cost is going to help care for animals that the zoo is rehabilitating. The best part of our day was watching the rhinos. Two of them had stand off going on, staring each other down and literally drawing a line in the sand. When the baby rhino was attacked by one of the larger rhinos all hell broke loose and there was lots of running around, chasing. one ran into the fence ( it's very strong) and you could really see the power of these animals. Seeing this was worth the entrance fee. I also saw some animals I had never seen before, and that was enjoyable. The Florida panther, the African painted dog, okapi are all animals I had never seen before.
Written January 22, 2020
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ScubaDave16
Highland, IN904 contributions
OK, I don’t know where the people leaving negative reviews went, but it probably wasn’t the same zoo I visited.

We went on a Tuesday and it really wasn’t very crowded. Masks were required in close contact areas.

The zoo is pretty well laid out and the maps were pretty good.

The animal enclosures were clean and the animals looked healthy.

The displays were informative and there were few if any unlabeled enclosures.

There were a number of keepers/handlers around and they were happy to answer questions.

The manatee display was awesome. We arrived as they were feeding them and got a great show.

The stingrays were cool even though we didnt feed them.

Most of the animals were out and about, but some of the big cats and the bear were sleeping.

We spent most of the day there from maybe 10 until 4PM.

Yes, the food is a little pricey, but not really that bad. Besides, the money goes to support the animals.

The only bad thing was that the tram was broken down the afternoon we were there.

I would highly recommend spending a day here if you are in the area and enjoy animals.
Written February 16, 2021
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Peter K
Land O Lakes, FL10 contributions
Family
Not good. Grandparents purchased season tickets so as to take 3+ year old granddaughter. Banana ride is broken. Train ride now requires minimum 40" height and adults no longer allowed. Besides the merry-go-round ( which does not last but for a few minutes) there is very little to do to keep a granddaughter entertained. Animals to see.. of course. But, most young kids still need a mixture of fun rides and animal viewing. Wish they would have posted that kiddy rides are usually broken and existing rides have new requirements. The playground is no different than just about any other...we could have taken her to any local park for free!! No doubt as kids get older, they will be more inclined to take rides suited for them and viewing animals with more interest. As far as young kids go... not so entertaining. Wish we could get our money back.
Written October 1, 2021
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jkzoo
Mansfield, OH896 contributions
$43 per person admission seems off the charts - I realize they had some promotions where you pay full price for one day and can go for free the rest of the year but that is of no use if you are from out of state and just visiting. Luckily we had a membership to an Ohio zoo and could get in for half price, which still competes with the highest priced zoos in Ohio. ITs a decent zoo but was expecting San Diego level at that price. Orangutans are the best part of it.
Written May 9, 2021
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Cheryl Bers
1 contribution
At the $39.95 price of admission, per individual, I would think more actual animals could be acquired. Allow an open "avoid the line" concept to purchase online tickets for the day of (I was on the website at 12:19 only to learn the cutoff was 12:00 to purchase a $3.00 savings.

Lower the admission price since a lot of exhibits were closed due to COVID; however, didn't understand why these exhibits were closed anyway; mask wearing and being outdoors; I did not bring any children, but $27.00 for a child to enter is also ridiculous.

There was only 1 bear, 2 tigers (they say the 2nd one was inside); no lions, 2 elephants, 1 giraffe, no apes nor chimps, only small hardly visible monkeys, 1 panther, 2 alligators (in FLORIDA? should have been crawling with them!)

I will note on the positive, the aquarium was explicit-it was indoor and NOT closed so why were other indoor or walk-thru areas? There was a marine biologist student available to answer questions about the medical holding tanks, which are remarkable for the care of marine animals that become injured.

The grounds themselves all natural habitats for the animals, if there were some to put in them..but very impressive with the boardwalks, rock formations and waterfalls throughout the park.

Not a good value for the $40.00 admission, wish I could say so.
Written July 17, 2020
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Hello, We apologize for your unsatisfactory experience at ZooTampa and appreciate your honest comments. We have fortunately been able to open up all of our habitats that had unfortunately been closed to COVID 19 and are operating at 100%. Some of our animals would be naturally solitary in the wild, with the exception of mating seasons, such as our bears, tigers and Florida panthers so we are unable to have them out on the main habitat at the same time. We also let the animals have the choice of going to their outside habitat or not. We do have 7 elephants, 3 giraffes and 5 alligators but they may have not been visible at the time. We thank you very much for the kind comments about our biology interns and our manatee critical care center. As well as our horticulture design. We will be sure to pass on these on to the team!
Written August 17, 2020
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theflyingkeiths
Charlotte, NC44 contributions
Family
Most people now only review places based on their “Covid safety” and not let others know about the actual experience. Annoying and unnecessary. Yes the zoo allows you to go maskless when outdoors as it should be. Thank you ZooTampa.
My family has gotten more picky with activities as our kids have gotten older but we all enjoyed this zoo. We saw lots of animals, my youngest loved the rides that were open, and we felt like our money was well spent. I am giving it a 4 due to several things closed and the food was pretty expensive as typical theme park food is.
Written March 8, 2021
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C. Frederick
7 contributions
We have been watching the television series “The Zoo” and “Secrets of the Zoo” so when we planned a vacation to Florida we wanted to see the Tampa Zoo for ourselves. We were impressed by how clean the grounds were kept – people were always making sure any little bits of trash were picked up quickly. The animals seemed well cared for and content, and any interactions I saw with zoo staff reinforced the attachments between the staff and their charges. We were a bit disappointed that the Florida exhibits were mostly closed, but our timing was just unfortunate. Our only complaint was that when we did our giraffe meet and greet, we were sent up with a family of five, including three children (so seven people in total) and most of the focus was on the children’s experience. We could have been sent up with one other couple right behind us, making a group of four, and would have preferred that smaller group interaction, since we paid the same price as everyone else and wanted the same quality of interaction. As well, the first two or three groups to interact were given lots of time but later groups (including ours) were being somewhat rushed, some activities eliminated and sessions shortened, which was disappointing after seeing the experiences of the groups in front of us. Perhaps fewer people should be booked for each session…
Written March 16, 2020
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Charlestontourist58
Yardville, NJ312 contributions
We visited Zoo Tampa on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. Our first issue is that we parked in the handicap lot and ushered by 89 year old mother to the entrance gate to find out we had to walk way down the front entrance area, around the flower box dividers and back up the sloop to the admission box. There was a fence right there with a gate that I was about to open for mom to slide through so she would not have to make the hike. A staff member stopped us and told us we had to do the walk. Got my knickers in a bunch right off the bat. Look you, you will open this gate and let her through or I'll call management. We went through. Oh yeah, there was NO ONE in line! Paid the very steep price and went in to rent a wheelchair. Ouch. This posed problems all day long as the paths have large cracks in them or repaired areas or water drainage dips that the wheelchair front wheels would get caught in. Three times mom almost ended up face first on the ground. Stroller wheels handled the pit falls better. A VERY steep sloop going into and out of Africa. Almost lost mom on the momentum from the pitch of the slope. Next we noticed that all the little kiosks and most food stands were closed. Then we ran into two places we could not go through due to repairs and one place ( ZooVenture) that was closed even though they handed us a schedule for the day and the shows were supposed to be there. Kids rides and petting zoo rotated being open so if you were not there at the right time no rides for the kids. The petting zoo has 3 goats to pet. The lady in the Lorikeets feeding was overly obnoxious considering we had 4 adults for 2 kids and NO ONE else was in the area. AND the finial kickers is the opinion machine at the exit deleted all my sons information he entered. Guess they only take good stuff.
Ok, good stuff. Our 6 & 2.5 year olds had a great time. We too enjoyed our day and appreciate all they do here for the animal conservation etc. But we just felt the price should be discounted in off season when the shops are closed, exhibits are closed for repair and don't hand out the days schedule until you make closure correction. The staff were all very nice and everything was clean. git hand wash stations after animal touching areas. Just wished things did not appear so...closed as we walked around.
Written February 2, 2020
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Mpcoz
Land O Lakes, FL7 contributions
Family
We went to their Christmas in the Wild event on December 21, and besides checking temperatures at the gate, there was very little, if any safety guidelines in place. No mask requirement unless inside one of their very few indoor spaces, no social distancing enforcement, and there seemed to be no capacity limits whatsoever. What is the point of making a “reservation” if you are going to allow 350 people in every 30 minutes? I understand it is outdoors, but it felt very unsafe. There were people crowding us while not wearing masks, so we decided to leave after about 20 minutes. No refund, no email back from guest services. We have always enjoyed our visits in the past, but they should be ashamed of themselves for operating this way during a pandemic. It felt no different then the same event in years past.
Written December 23, 2020
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ZooTampa at Lowry Park is open:
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