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.
The zoo was very clean. If you have little kids they are going to love the zoo. Teenagers might get board but other wise it is well worth the money. When I was there in Jan. 2006 there was a bay elephant that you could see that was neat and the zoo said until 2008 they are going to keep adding on to the zoo.
Took my 2 year old daughter while on vacation. We had a wonderful time. There was so much too see and the zoo animals were great.
We feed some of the animals and played in the manatiee fountain as well as the water play area.
This will definately be a frequented place when we visit Tampa again.
So we arrived at 11:30am on a Sunday on a holiday weekend. (4th of July) 3 adults, 1 3-year-old child and a senior. Cost 90 dollars to get through the door. Big signs, PLEASE DO NOT BRING IN BEVERAGES OR FOOD. It was 103 degrees. Got inside, water cost 2 dollars a bottle. Saw a few empty cages and a bird. Not an exotic bird, just a Florida white long legged bird. Then we stopped for lunch. 9 dollars for a pre-made salad with no dressing. I ordered a 9 dollar chicken sandwich from what appeared to be a depressed teenager who did not want to be working. It smelled like Alpo, so I exchanged it for the salad. Then off to see some goats. Oh and an alpaca that bites. We did get to feed the stingrays. Only 2 dollars for a shrimp and a little guppy sized fish. Next it rained, no the zoos fault. But they closed all the exhibits because of the rain. Now, this is southern tropical Florida. It rains here, a lot. My daughter had fun playing in the rain, it was the only time she had fun. I was actually happy during the rain, it was at least entertaining. After the rain we saw some sleeping monkeys and a puddle (they told us there was a hippo in the puddle, but it never came out. None of the zoo staff seemed to know if any of the exhibits were going to re-open. Very few did re-open. We were also able to feed a giraffe, only 3 bucks. 3 bucks to feed the animal for the zoo. Farmers should get in on this. COME FEED MY COWS, ONLY 5 BUCKS. I wonder how much they would have charged me to help clean out a cage or 2. So yeah, a few German Shepards, er, I mean wolves. 2 sleeping bears and some ducks and we were done. All in all, entrance fees to the zoo 90 bucks, getting to eat Alpo and feed animals, another 50 bucks. Getting to be ignored buy an inattentive zoo staff taking care of crappy exhibits...Priceless.
I loved this zoo.....and so did my 2 year old son. He loved the Petting Zoo area. And the giraffes. You get so close they were breathing on us! Love that. Also the best manatee exhibit I've seen in Tampa.
small but still mighty, a very relaxing and friendly place to be. staff were great, i was even taken for a behind the scenes tour of the zoo, where ordinarily, only staff would be allowed. a lot of the locals were great, fountains were great.
Very relaxing! I love the extra-large aviary that you walk through. It has tons of exotic birds. Another aviary has lorikeets that you can feed and petting the stingrays was exciting. I've been to this zoo time and time again and never get bored. They recently opened a special children's area with petting zoo and water-play. Buy a family pass(very reasonable & good at other zoos) This zoo does NOT have a boat ride(Tampa Aquarium has this)
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