Disclosure: I received zoo tickets in exchange for this post. All opinions are mine.
Last week the kids and I trekked to Florida to visit my mother and her husband. I knew that we should hit some fun sites when we were visiting that I grew up going to and Lowry Park Zoo was on the top of the list. Parents Magazine rated Lowry Park the #1 zoo in the U.S. and they have definitely changed since I was a little girl.
The manatee statue at the entrance brought back memories that I was excited to share with my kids. We decided to just wing it with the animal exhibits and started our journey to the left. Can you name all the animals in our pics?
Pay just $3 to get up and personal feeding the Giraffe. This is such a bargain coming from living in CA. Mason and Kenzie both didn't scream or get frightened. I highly suggest this at least once a visit :)
After checking out the hippos, we waited about 25 minutes before hopping on the guided tour to get up and close to the animals. This was really fun for the kids and they were able to see the elephant mama and baby.
We then headed to the petting area and Kenzie took a brush from the bin and started petting away!
The carousel was a hit with the different jungle animals as was the ice cream cone. It's nice because it wasn't too crowded toward the end of the afternoon and Kenzie was able to ride about 4x in a row.
Since Mason was napping, Kenzie and I decided to check out the manatees, stingrays, giant turtles and alligators!
During our visit, the Sea Lion Splash! exhibit was open (until May 31, 2014) and we enjoyed a fun show....after bounce house fun, of course. Although Kenzie was excited to visit with the sea lions and take a photo, when the actual time came for the pic, she and Mason both started bawling so guess who got contact with sea lion wetness?
water play area last so the kiddos would have fun and get tired. This was the highlight for them and they didn't want to leave!
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.
Open every day except for Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
The Zoo may close due to inclement weather or other circumstances.
1101 West Sligh AvenueTampa, FL 33604-5958