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“Great zoo for kids and families”

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
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Tampa TRIO Pass with Attractions: Aquarium Zoo and Museum
Ranked #8 of 196 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
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great zoo for kids and families”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

I enjoyed our visit to Lowry Park Zoo so much! We took six children between the ages of 6 months to 9yrs old, and they loved it. I loved how the zoo is divided by regions; we went to Asia and then Africa. Africa was my favorite exhibit; beautiful! The water area for children is fun but a bit simple. My nieces and nephews loved the log water ride, it was fun. This zoo is great for children.

The only thing I didn't like were that some of the enclousures for the animals seemed too small or poorly kept.

Overall, we had a wonderful time and would go again.

Visited April 2013
Thank Judith R
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Lakeland, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

The Tampa zoo is billed as the #1 rated zoo, by Parents Magazine. I am stunned they received that rating. I have been to zoos in many other cities that are much better than the Lowery Park Zoo.

The animal displays are average; the areas that the animals roam are not landscaped well. There is not a great selection of animals to view; they don't even have a lion on display.
The zoo has a kids riding area, but it looks worn. The wooded type boardwalk, where you stroll to see some of the animal exhibits, is also quite worn and is in poor shape. The zoo needs a major upgrade.

Visited September 2012
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Well worth the Trip!”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

We decided to make the drive from Orlando to Tampa to visit this zoo and we are very glad that we did. Children ages 14,13 & 9 all loved the zoo. The staff was super friendly and very knowledgeble. The entire zoo can be seen in about 4 hours which fit our schedule perfectly!

Visited March 2013
Thank Denny219
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“If You Have Kids”
Reviewed April 20, 2013 via mobile

Great, easy, fun place if you have kids. LOTS of kids here. Loved the location. Easy access to. Nice gardens to view. Great assortment of animals. Best priced gift shop is by sting ray exhibit. Grand kids want to come again. Older people be cautious of all the small kids. In their excitement they tend to run you over.

Visited April 2013
Thank touringbee
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Wheatfield, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“great animals and rides”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

it was a huge zoo with a couple little kids rides. the animals were fun to watch. the rides were cool.

Visited April 2013
Thank jefft23
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