Lowry Park Zoological Garden, Tampa, Florida

1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, Florida 33604

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Located at 1101 West Sligh Avenue, the Lowry Park Zoo is one of the premier zoo and wildlife preserves in the State of Florida. If you're an animal lover or interested in Florida's natural history, this family attraction in Tampa is a must-see attraction. This zoo boasts Manatees, which are native to the area, other regional species and wildlife from around the world. Your kids can spend the day staring down cottonmouths and exotic frogs, feeding Lorikeets, or splashing through the Manatee fountains. Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa also features rides, shows and several interactive exhibits.

The zoological gardens features eight different sections that are orginized according to continent or animal family. A few names to know before you go are, Safari Africa, Asian Gardens or Wallaroo Station, which features Australian themed exhibits, Florida Boardwalk, Primate World and Birds of Prey. One thing that sets this zoo apart is the impressive collection of Florida-based species, like River Otters, American Alligators and Key Deer. Your family can also enjoy rides, including a merry go round, pony and camel rides and a mini-rollercoaster. If your kids like a little thrill, check out Lowry Park Zoo's Gator Falls ride, a 30-foot log ride that drops over the albino alligator pit. Every ride except the pony rides are included with admission.

Zoo tickets cost around $25 for adults and $20 for kids, and younger kids can get in for free. There's free parking at the zoo as well, or you can get there on Tampa's HART Bus, Routes 41 and 45, and there are many kid-friendly hotels nearby Lowry Park Zoo as well if you want a short drive or walk. Lowry Park Zoo's hours are from 9:30am until 5:00pm every day of the week. In fact, the zoo only closes on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

If you're looking to save some money on your family trip plans in Tampa , you can buy a Tampa Bay CityPass for around $100 that includes tickets to Lowry Park Zoo, Busch Gardens Tampa, the Florida Aquarium, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and either Chihuly Collection or the Museum of Science and Industry. The zoo also includes a variety of different restaurants with fair ranging from $3 to as much as $25 per person.

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Address: 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, Florida 33604

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Phone: 813-935-8552
URL: http://www.lowryparkzoo.com/
Hours: Mon-Sun 9:30 am - 5 pm
Price: Adults: $23.95, Seniors: $21.95, Children (3-11): $18.95, Children under 2: free

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  • Visited: April 2010
  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2013
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Nice zoo in Tampa Florida

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Take advantage of the Friends of the Zoo program when you buy an annual pass at your local zoo.

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Fun at the Zoo!

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- Bring a towel and swimsuit/extra clothes if your child is going to playing the splash areas. - Bring bottled water to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen, because it is often sunny and there are not a lot of shaded areas to rest. - Bring cash (ones) for the mold-a-rama machines. They are $2 each.

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