One of the finest zoological parks in North America and one of the best mid-sized zoos in the country, this zoo features over ... More
Lowry Park Zoo
One of the finest zoological parks in North America and one of the best mid-sized zoos in the country, this zoo features over 2,000 animals, including rare and endangered species, housed in surroundings similar to their natural habitat.
Only about 10% of the animals where in thier cages for us to see and they looked sick to us, just laying around almost not moving. Most of the consession stands were closed and the entertainment was closed. We were there at about 11:00 on a Monday morning. Our two year old grandson was so disappointed and so were we. I think our money should be refunded but I know they will never do that. There rides are to expensive and they charge for two year olds. The machines you get tokens from cheat you.
Don't waste your time or money going there.
there was nothing i didn't like. We had the most fun and so did the grandchildren. It was on a warm day we got there at opening. Walked around enjoying all the animals and seeing the fish through the tanks that the little ones could see in how the fish were swimming then we got to this place where there was water and boy did they really have fun but they really enjoyed it the most on the way out at the fountains that shot up. We never laughed so hard as we did watching the little ones play in the water. It was better than going to the beach. Can't wait till around march or april to go again and the flowers are just beautiful also. It was one great experience. I have never been to disney world but i think i rather just go here.great for all ages! Lots of animals and some rides and other activities fort he children. Just awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
Love the Zoo - some suggestions for an even better experience
By A Yahoo Contributor, 11/20/07
This zoo is a wonderful place. In comparison to other zoo's across the country, we have a winner here in Tampa.
The staff is friendly and the grounds are clean. My grandchildren LOVE it every time they come to visit. They truly look forward to it! My husband and I do as well, which is why we buy a season pass and a guest pass every year.
Upon this visit during Thanksgiving week, there were a few things that seemed a bit off and I felt compelled to share them with you...
We love the penguin feeding...It's listed on the 'show' list each day. Our grandkids loved it, but we found it hard to hear the young lady feeding. She really needs some type of wireless microphone so that she can be heard and so that questions from the crowd can be heard by others when she answers them.
The area where the Penguin Beach is, is very busy and even with a small crowd, it's difficult to hear.
It's Thanksgiving week...The wait at the camel ride was 25 minutes. There was only one camel riding at the time. We were 3rd in line and waited 25 minutes. When I inquired about why one of the other 2 camels wasn't riding, the young lady (Jessica) said, when we're busy, we get the other one going. The line behind us was at least 7 strong. It would seem to me that if the camels are available and healthy enough to ride, that it would make sense to not have kids waiting that long. Many people walked away after waiting so long. Seems as though you are losing money with the model you are currently using.
This time around, I noticed that the concessions were rather expensive. ex. A souvenier popcorn container costs $6.00 plus tax and $3.21 to refill.
I recognize that concessions are a profit center however in comparison to Bush Gardens, where the souvenier popcorn container is twice the size and costs less with a refill under $2.00, the zoo prices felt a little like I was being price gauged!
Again, please let me reiterate how much we love our zoo. My hope is that my feedback will make it an even better experience.
I don't often get to Florida, but first visited Lowry Park Zoo in 2001 with my family. The children and I have been back again in 2004 and my husband and I plan to go in Sept '07. Looks as though there are many more features to the zoo that have been built and improved, so looking very much forward to the visit.
My husband and I agreed that this is one of the best zoos we have been to (best mid-size for sure). He and I grew up going to the National Zoo and Baltimore Aquarium and have gone to Philly, San Diego, Pittsburgh, and Denver zoos within the past few years.
Specifically, we liked:
1. It is compact, flat, and easy to walk. Exhibit entrances were well planned and everything comes back to a central location.
2. You seem really close to the animals (and I don't mean the "experiences" we chose not to pay for). My son had a manatee "kiss" the glass where his hand was and we could really, really smell the rhinos.
3. The open-air feel (for the primate and bird sections in particular).
4. We have never been to a zoo that had such a high percentage of BABIES! Chimp, elephant, warthog, orangatang just to name a few - all so cute!
5. The fountains and play areas were very cool (literally) and the food/drink prices are reasonable for a zoo.
What we didn't like:
1. We are Pittsburgh zoo members so we got in free, but it would have cost $17/adult and $12.50 for our son! That is a very hefy zoo pricetag, but you do get a full afternoon of fun and we understand animals cost a lot to house.
2. There are "extra" experiences you can pay for like carnival-type rides, animal feeding, etc. We aren't into that, but then again, we just didn't do them.
if you live in the area the annual pass is the way to go best value and come back as often as u like.
always great to watch all the babies grow and their habits change.just a fun thing to do if your bored.
I have been going to Lowry Park Zoo since the 60's and have watch it almost die and now grow to what it is today. I have taken my children there since they were born 1999 and have still watched it grow in that short time. I am very happy and ipressed with the direction Lowry Park has taken. Even when you grow out of the rides, you can still enjoy walking around and looking at the animals and having a liesurely time. The fact that the are a wild life sanctuary is reason enough to support Lowry Park so that they may continue growing. I am glad you are still around.
This is a fantastic place to go with little ones. We saw a wide variety of animals. I came here specifically to show my 4 yr. old the manatee, we were not dissappointed. My 21 mos. old loved touching the stingrays. It was a hot day and alot of the animals were seeking shade and very well hidden. The "monkey style" animals looked like piles of fur lying in their pens. But can't blame them I had to sit in the shade myself. Only things I didn't like were 1)The rides should have been included for the price we paid to get in. 2)Way too many $2 plastic animal vending machines. 3)Lots of places to spend $2 to feed the animals. When you've got small kids these things can add up. Liked the fact you could re-enter the park with a stamp. We went to McD's for lunch.(much cheaper)
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