While in Tampa one of the best places to take the kids is the Lowry Park Zoo!
  My kids are big animal lovers,  Anthony loves to learn all the facts about each kind of animal while the twins just fall in love with all of them, so this zoo was a great experience for us.
 
This was the first time I had ever visited the Lowry Park Zoo and I was very impressed.  The zoo was very clean, they had a wide variety of animals that were very visible in their habitats and the zoo also offered other activities to keep the kids entertained. 

The summer months can get excruciatingly hot in Florida especially if your not from here, so we arrived at the zoo right when it opened so we could finish most of the walking before the hottest part of the day.
  Once walking through the main entrance we headed to the left and went through each of the 6 animal habitat areas, Asian Gardens, Florida Wildlife Center, Primate World, Safari Africa, Ituri Forest and Wallaroo Station.  This ended up being a perfect plan because when we finally arrived in the Wallaroo Station area we were starting to get very hot and tired.  However this area cooled us off quick with a water spray park and some mechanical rides.

The zoo has a petting area with farm animals, an area to touch sting rays and numerous feeding activities at different habitats.

The kids loved all the animals but each had a favorite.  Aidan Loved the Chimpanzees, Lilly thought the elephants were the cutest, and Anthony was excited to learn about rhino’s.

One of the coolest rides that really sets the Lowry Park Zoo apart from other zoo’s we’ve been to was the Expedition Africa Guided Safari.
The safari is a guided tour aboard a 2 carted jeep, through the back area of the “Safari Africa” section of the zoo.

Ready to Visit?
Admission is currently $32.95 for adults and $24.95 for children.  Which includes Pay For The Day, Come Back The Rest Of The Year
For those local to Tampa, this is an awesome deal because it means you will not only get to enjoy the zoo for the rest of 2017, but you will also get to take advantage of the amazing holiday events that The Lowry Park Zoo offers.  Such as “Creatures of the Night” and “Christmas in the Wild”

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While the Pay for the Day ticket is a great deal, if you have a large family, like we do, I suggest becoming a zoo member.  There are several membership choices to choose from, for us the Family Plus Guest membership was the best.  This meant for $159 my husband, 3 children, myself, and a guest could visit anytime for a full 12 months.  The memberships also include seasonal events.

Getting there:
1101 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is definitely a must see when in the Tampa Bay area!

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13 Comments on Top Tips for Visiting Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

  1. Kung Phoo
    July 16, 2014 at 6:43 pm (3 years ago)

    We like visiting the zoos, we do not do it often enough and we are close them a few.. Your family looked like that had an amazing time!

  2. Ourfamilyworld
    July 16, 2014 at 7:18 pm (3 years ago)

    What a lovely zoo experience. That chimpanzee cracked me up with the towel. Love your pics

  3. Liz Mays
    July 16, 2014 at 8:19 pm (3 years ago)

    That's definitely a bonus that there was a safari there. That's a fun zoo extra!

  4. Andi Wiener
    July 16, 2014 at 9:17 pm (3 years ago)

    looks like everybody had a LOT of fun…. 😀

  5. Dawn @ Pin-n-tell.com
    July 16, 2014 at 10:14 pm (3 years ago)

    How fun! Looks like the kiddos had a blast 🙂 I haven't been to a zoo in forever.. thanks for sharing!

  6. Menucha Citron
    July 16, 2014 at 11:24 pm (3 years ago)

    I love those penguins 😛 Especially in the summer…. !

  7. Yona Williams
    July 16, 2014 at 11:29 pm (3 years ago)

    I've been to this zoo before when I visited St. Pete, and I had fun. I took some really nice pictures of the giraffes there.

  8. LifeAsAConvert
    July 17, 2014 at 12:23 am (3 years ago)

    We haven't been to the zoo all year. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  9. Chrissy Mazzocchi
    July 17, 2014 at 12:29 am (3 years ago)

    I am close to this Zoo living in Central Fl. I will have to take the kids there when it's not so humid out 🙂

  10. mommyatozblog.com
    July 17, 2014 at 4:55 am (3 years ago)

    Wow, this zoo looks great. I especially like the water park area. What a great way to cool down!

  11. Esther
    July 17, 2014 at 10:28 pm (3 years ago)

    This looks like a really entertaining Zoo! Looks like they had a lot of fun! My girls love the Zoo!

  12. Tiffany
    July 17, 2014 at 10:44 pm (3 years ago)

    I love going to the zoo. Will have to fit in a few more visits before the weather gets cold.

  13. Maggie King
    July 18, 2014 at 12:02 am (3 years ago)

    I love the zoo where we live! Looks like you had a lot of fun!