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“Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo”

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
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$32.95*
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Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Admission
Ranked #8 of 197 things to do in Tampa
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is home to more than 1300 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. Guests 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. Love manatees? The Zoo is the only place in Tampa where guests can see Florida manatees year round. At the David A. Straz Jr. Manatee Hospital, the Zoo’s veterinary and animal-care staff treat sick, injured and orphaned manatees, and return them to the wild after rehabilitation. The Zoo also cares for the most diverse group of Florida wildlife anywhere, and has won numerous awards for animal preservation.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed May 22, 2012

we went in jan of i think2010. it was the coldest day of that yr. we bout froze to death. but had friends in town and they wanted to go and already had the tickets. so we went froze but still enjoyed it and made the most of the cold that day. once the sun came out it got lots warmer but before taht it was cold. also wear walking shoes. lots of walking. and it's also pretty much so ALL wheelchair accessible... i grew up with vising lowry park every friday night with my daddy. then through the yrs it got bigger and more fun... i remember the chimps then were Joey and Suzy. he was the spitter and smoker suzy was easy go lucky. seemed very sweet.. then the elephant there at that time in the 60's her name was Shenia ( i'm sure spelled wrong)

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Reviewed May 21, 2012

We have had annual passes for years. With passes you don't feel like you have to do an 8 hour day to get your monies worth. We like to stop in for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. It's also a plus that the rides are now included with the passes.

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Reviewed May 19, 2012

We had a fun visit to the Zoo and our grandson loved all the animals. He took his first camel ride & had a blast. He was so excited as he went to each area to see the animals.

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Reviewed May 19, 2012

My wife and I recently took our two boys, 3 and 6, to Lowry Park Zoo while visting nearby Sarasota (not a bad drive, by the way). We could not have been more impressed.

We had originally planned to go to Busch Gardens, but found that it was going to cost us nearly $350 for four of us for the day. Lowry Park was about a 1/4 of that amount (less if you have reciprocal privileges via a zoo at home), and still offers both rides and animal attractions.

This is the zoo that all others should model themselves after. I don't want to ruin any surprises, but suffice it to say that lunch was a sit-down affair overlooking a "savanna" with giraffes, elephants, and zebras--and was inexpensive, healthy, delicious, and relaxing (as was the beer we ordered with it).

The rides probably wouldn't keep older kids happy for long--but were more than enough to keep our guys happy. And, the animal attractions are absolutely top rate. They have a primate selection that would be the envy of some much larger zoos.

At the time of the writing of this review, Lowry Park Zoo is rated the 12th best attraction in Tampa. Really? It's tough to imagine 11 sites more worthy.

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Reviewed May 18, 2012 via mobile

Small and cute. Love the many pettIng areas. Great place for small kids. Great tree shaded parking, but tricky to get there.

Thank LaBva27
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