Roaring Springs at Zoo Tampa
The Roaring Springs Boat ride is scheduled to open on Saturday, June 9th and thanks to Zoo Member preview, I got a chance to ride it! Here are a few things to keep in mind and expect as you plan your day at Zoo Tampa.
What is Roaring Springs
Roaring Springs is the newest section of Zoo Tampa. Located just to the left of the Carousel is Roaring Springs. As you walk in you can see the new water coaster and plenty of activities for families. There is a small schoolhouse with desks and a wooden house with swings and rocking chairs for children to play with. You can also quench your thirst with both spirited and non-spirited beverages and grab a snack at one of the food trucks.
Roaring Springs makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time to a simple time. We didn’t take the time to shop, but there was an adorable general store with several items to purchase.
My favorite instagram worthy wall is located just beside the food truck. The phrase “Hey Y’all” is perfect for the vibes this section of the zoo gives.
Roaring Springs Ride Restrictions
The boat ride is fast moving and sure to cool guests off in a hurry – perfect for a summer day! Guests must be at least 36 inches to ride this ride. Guests between 36 and 42 inches must be accompanied by an adult. Although this is a water attraction you will need to wear a shirt and shoes.
Things to Consider about the Roaring Springs attraction
Will guests get wet?
Can I watch my family on the ride?
If you want to get wet, you can watch from Lookout Landing.
In order to stay dry, you can watch from either the stairs or right next to the exit of the ride has excellent viewing area.
Where can I store my phone or other items I want to keep dry?
There are lockers and also small cubbies at the exit of the ride, ask an employee for assistance.
Roaring Springs, Food Recommendations
There are a couple of options for food inside the newly opened Roaring Springs. My personal favorite was the fish tacos and the Churro Ice Cream Sandwich!
The Fish Tacos were quite flavorful and I loved the crunch of the coleslaw.
The Churro ice cream sandwich was so good, we actually had to order a second for our family to share!