"Lowry Park Zoo" Lowry Park Zoo Tip by ZenGator
Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa: 12 reviews and 28 photos
***Update: Lowry Park was recently named the best zoo for children in the USA!***
Busch Gardens is Tampa's premier attraction (which is why it's featured on about 42 VT pages). But if you're going just for the animals, you might consider skipping Busch altogether and visit the Lowry Park Zoo instead. It's probably the best zoo in Florida, and it's less crowded and *much* cheaper than Busch Gardens.
As you might expect, a good number of the zoo's animals are native to Florida. There are sting rays (which you can pet) along with manatees and Florida panthers and alligators (which you can't), among many others.
Lowry Park Zoo also houses creatures from around the world. They have chimps and baboons and lemurs and orangutans and komodo dragons and rhinos and tigers and a bunch of other assorted animals. An area featuring Australian animals opened a couple years ago and a huge expansion on Africa opened in the spring of 2004, so there's plenty to see. (The African area was not exactly completed and was somewhat disappointing when it first opened, but other phases will be ready soon.)
All animals are housed in relatively natural habitats for their comfort and your viewing pleasure.
Bring a swimsuit for your kids if it's warm; there are two water splashing areas that are great for cooling off. There are also camel rides, pony rides, a merry-go-round, a skyride, and assorted other activities for children of all ages.
The zoo is good for a good 3 to 5 hours of family fun. We're members and go all the time but still enjoy it.
Directions: Lowry Park Zoo is on the corner of Sligh Ave. and North Blvd about 1 mile west of I-275
Phone: +1 813-935-8552
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