Zoo Tampa History
When I was growing up, my mom was quite active with various mom-groups and educational groups. As a result, we went on a lot of trips to the Zoo. Zoo Tampa (formerly Lowry Park Zoo) has been around since the 1930’s and has continued to grow ever since. Opening up new sections of the zoo, and providing more opportunities for education. You can read a full history on their website. The newest section of Zoo Tampa, Roaring Springs recently opened and we had the opportunity to explore the section before it opened to the public. Take a look at what it has to offer (including a new ride) on this post.
Zoo Tampa, Exhibits
There are 8 sections in Zoo Tampa with enough activities for your family to spend several hours or even a couple of days exploring!
- Main Entrance
- Florida Wildlife
- Asian Gardens
- Primate World
- Carousel Circle
- Wallaroo Station
- Safari Africa
- NEW Roaring Springs – Read all about it here!
Our family walked most of the zoo but were not able to see everything Zoo Tampa had to offer.
10 Things to Love about Zoo Tampa
You knew that was coming right? As a mom with a background in Early Childhood Education, I like to ensure my children are having positive educational experiences. I want them to have a love of learning from an early age. One way I like to instill that love for learning in them is by fun activities such as the Zoo!
Theme Park Vibes
Zoo Tampa totally gives me “Theme Park Vibes” when I walk through. Perhaps it is that all the rides are included with your park admission (yes, even the new Roaring Springs Water Coaster). Perhaps it’s the signage throughout the park. The reality is, when I walk through Zoo Tampa I feel as though it is an extension of Busch Gardens. It is worth the cost of admission to visit Zoo Tampa!
If you are an outdoor facility in Florida, it’s almost expected that you have a Splash pad. The one thing I loved about the Splash Pad at Zoo Tampa, was that during the majority of the day there is an employee sitting at the splash pad helping keep kids and families safe.
Zoo Tampa had so many adorable walls. All of them worthy and perfect for your next family photo or selfie!
Quality Customer Service
While visiting Zoo Tampa we spoke with so many employees, each of them was so helpful and kind. Any question I had was answered. We even reported an issue of safety concern in the new Roaring Springs section, and it was handled immediately!
Before entering the cue to purchase your tickets, you must go through a bag check. I love this! I understand it can be a hassle when you have several bags and a stroller, but the added level of security is worth every ounce of hassle.
Churro Ice Cream Sandwiches
Let’s be real for a second. Churro’s are amazing – but when you add a heaping scoop of Vanilla Ice cream between two churros… DELICIOUS!
Inside the Children’s Zoo is a little area for parents to take small children from out of the crowds. On the wall is some yoga poses you can do with your children, and there is enough privacy to nurse your baby.
Plenty of Picnic Tables
Bring a lunch and plenty of snacks. There are lots of places to take a little rest and eat!
I know I mentioned this, but all the rides are included with the price of your admission. We could hardly get our girls out of the children’s section of the zoo. It was worth every penny to see them ride the rides over and over again, and listen to the giggles as they enjoyed the ride!
There are a lot of options when buying admission into Zoo Tampa.
You can also check Groupon* for deals on admission.
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