Tampa Bay zoo fans have lots to be proud of. Repeatedly voted the number one zoo in the country by Parents magazine, the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL provides numerous hands-on experiences and cage-free interaction opportunities for visitors.
They are also heavily involved in conservation efforts for a number of animal species. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the zoo in Tampa yet, here are four great reasons to do so.
WHY SHOULD YOU VISIT THE LOWRY PARK ZOO IN TAMPA, FL?
The Lowry Park Zoo’s annual pass program.
The annual pass prices at the Lowry Park Zoo offer one of the best values I’ve ever run across when it comes to annual passes in general. For $45, you get a year’s worth of unlimited access to the zoo in Tampa, unlimited rides at the Lowry Park Zoo and discounted admission to more than 150 reciprocal zoos and aquariums in the United States, Mexico and Canada. You also get free admission to MOSI and the Florida Aquarium during the annual “Swaptember” event, and discounted tickets to special events, birthday parties and children’s camps.
Phenomenal photo ops are also available at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.
Bald eagles, open-air aviaries, up-close and personal giraffe encounters and cage-free primates galore are just some of the reasons the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa is a photographer’s paradise. You can also get down with some easy-access imagery of emus, goats, lemurs, meerkats and penguins. All before lunch. After that, you can hit the Florida Boardwalk section to see their selection of local wildlife, or head to the Asian garden exhibit to check out rhinos, white tigers and several other animals chances are you may not have even heard of. My point? If you’re looking to add to your photography portfolio without paying big bucks for an international safari, the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa is a great place to do just that.
The manatee hospital at the Lowry Park Zoo.
These gentle giants are in constant peril from boat propellers and other dangers. When they become injured, the manatee hospital the zoo has on site is one of the few resources available for their treatment and rehabilitation. Roughly a million dollars is donated by the zoo every year to support the hospital’s efforts, and numerous educational talks and children’s sleepovers are held near the exhibit to promote awareness. The manatee hospital isn’t the only such program going on at the zoo. Here’s another resource on the wildlife conservation efforts at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo written by the folks over at Places Around Florida.
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is designed with visitors in mind as well as animals.
If you’re looking to make it a family day across generations, then you’ll find the Lowry Park Zoo well equipped. Multiple restrooms, conveniently-located water fountains, and seating benches placed at regular intervals make for a visit comfortable enough to spend the whole day. There are also a number of spray fountains you can let junior take his shoes off and jump around in when the weather heats up. Hungry? There are numerous places to grab a bite, including a family-style restaurant with windows overlooking the zebras, giraffes and elephants. For javaholics, there’s also a Starbucks.
As you can see, the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa has something for everyone. And with all of the hands-on opportunities offered to the children such as goat petting, llama cuddling, and manta ray feeding, this is definitely a zoo that your kids will want to return to again and again, making the annual pass an investment of even greater value. My husband and I have enjoyed our membership time and again, on our own with camera in tow, and with guests. It’s definitely a fun place to hang out and enjoy the animal kingdom.
Getting there: The Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL is at 1101 West Sligh Avenue. Phone: 813-935-8552
Photo(s): Trek Hound
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