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“Small, but awesome”

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
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Ranked #9 of 197 things to do in Tampa
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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 April 2, 2014

For a smaller zoo, they had a ton of animals! Exhibits are extremely well done. Plan on spending the entire day there to see all they have to offer.

Thank Aranthorn
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Reviewed April 1, 2014

There's a sign at the entrance stating that you can't bring in your own food...I don't know if its enforced, but it would be wise to sneak in your own food. First disapointment - "Starbucks" coffee place only had non-dairy creamer. Ugh. Second disapointment - restaurant overlooking giraffes was booked for a private party. So, we went in to the gloomy cafeteria next to it. (You can actually bring your food outside at least) Only choices were tacos, pizza and ceasar salad. Not even any premade sandwiches or soups on offer. So we got the tacos and pizza. The chicken in the tacos was off - we had to pick it out. The pizza was not finished by my husband or son who are normally big eaters and not fussy. Third disappointment...my husband was still hungry when we left the zoo so he went into the market near the entrance...and came out empty handed because nothing looked good. We weren't expecting gourmet food, just decent food. The Florida Aquarium has the right idea - had a pina colada and a jerk chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries there a few days later.

The zoo itself is well laid out. The habitats are a good size but well placed one next to the other so you don't have to walk far between them. The Africa section is particularly great with several species together and an opportunity to feed the giraffes. Most habitats use rocks or moats instead of fences, making it easier to get good photos.
There were about 5 or 6 animals missing from their habitats with no signs....i just wish a sign would be put up so you don't spend time searching for a non-existant animal. The manatee exhibit was a bit disappoointing because the windows were really dirty so it was tough to see. It may just have been a bad time though.
If you like animals you'll have fun, just bring your own food. Also, be prepared for lots of toy vending machines and mini-gift shops at the entrances to many indoor animals.

Thank summersault88
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Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

Loved the manatee rescue hospital and the giraffe feeding. Lots of animals to choose from. Don't miss the bird flight in the morning :). Stopped on a whim while we were in the area. Initially thought the price was high, but really enjoyed how much you got to interact with the animals.

Thank Kimberly M
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Reviewed March 30, 2014

Went to the zoo today Sunday, March 30 and had a great day.lovely zoo, many nice attractions, lots of shade. Dont go hungry though. Main restaurant at the African section was closed for a private party and no notices telling you that. Lots of people looking for an alternative. Stood in line for 1/2 hour then no table and chairs. Not impressed. Certainly not good with hungry kids and families. Bougainvilia.

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Reviewed March 26, 2014

Went about 10am on a Tuesday right after rain so there weren't many people luckily. Animals were active. Park seemed to need some attention, but they did have a few exhibits under construction. As two adults, we only spent 2 hours there. Better time for little children.

Thank SunFunSun
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