ZooTampa at Lowry Park
The mission of the Zoo is “to connect people with the living earth.” We strive to do so by operating the Zoo in accordance with the highest professional standards of conservation, education, research and recreation, and by serving as a resource for the community regarding conservation and environmental matters affecting animals and habitats, both locally and throughout the world. Growing to what now encompasses 56 acres of naturalistic animal exhibits in a lush, tropical garden setting, the Zoo offers popular educational programming and fun recreational amenities, for which it has won accolades as one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos.
The Zoo emphasizes endangered, threatened and vulnerable species from climates similar to that of the Tampa Bay region, with park areas devoted to Asia, Africa, Australia and Florida. Additional areas exhibit primates and birds. Exhibits balance support for the maximum well-being of the animals with the importance of the guest experience in relation to our mission. Keeper talks, animal encounters, behind-the-scene tours, and other special experiences expand the Zoo’s opportunities to promote a connection to the living earth.
Creatures of the Night Creatures of the Night returns even spookier than last year, for ghouls and goblins of all ages! Hoot, howl and hang out as the Zoo transforms into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure for the whole family. Creatures emerge at dusk with startling surprises around every corner. No horror or gore, just fun frights for all!
Christmas in the Wild The Zoo is brimming with holiday cheer as Christmas in the Wild returns with even more twinkling lights and jolly surprises! Experience wild and wonderful nights. Enjoy seasonal treats, enchanting entertainment and a 50-foot animated Christmas tree! Best of all, visit Santa in his Tree Top Lodge and marvel at the magic of wildlife at night.
Noon Year’s Eve Ring in the New Year with the whole family as the Event Yard transforms into a giant New Year's party! Enjoy festivities like interactive entertainment, a rockin' DJ, a countdown to the NOON year with a kid-friendly toast and more!
Hours of Operation: Open seven days a week, except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving, from 9:30am to 5 pm. Parking is free.
Driving Directions: Take I-275 to Exit #48 (Sligh Ave.) and turn west. Just 10-15 minutes from downtown Tampa, Channelside, Ybor City Tampa International Airport and Raymond James Stadium.