Hillsborough County Employee Appreciation Salute

Special Offer for Hillsborough County and City of Tampa Employees

JUNE 1ST – August 31ST, 2023

In appreciation of our county and city employees’ dedicated service, ZooTampa is proud to offer complimentary admission to Hillsborough County Government and City of Tampa team members whose contributions every day help our community. From the first responders who keep us safe to the sanitation employees who keep our street and parks beautiful, we salute the almost 10,000 team members of our great county and city. Join us for a day full of up-close animal encounters and outdoor adventures for the whole family. This special offer is valid for one (1) complimentary admission for the employee , plus a 25% discount for up to three (3) additional guests.

To redeem this offer, please visit the ticket windows at the Zoo entrance with employee ID. Valid for one visit during the promotional period.


  • 911 Agency

  • Administration

  • Affordable Housing

  • Aging Services

  • Americans With Disabilities

  • Attorney’s Office

  • Board of County Commissioners

  • Building & Construction Services Division

  • Children’s Board

  • Children Services

  • Clerk of the Circuit Court

  • Code Enforcement

  • Communications & Digital Media Services

  • Conservation & Environmental Lands

  • Consumer and Veterans Services

  • Customer Service & Support

  • Development Services

  • Economic Development

  • Emergency Management

  • Enterprise Solutions and Quality Assurance

  • Facilities Management

  • Fire Rescue

  • Fleet Management

  • Geospatial Services

  • Government Relations and Strategic Services

  • Head Start

  • Health Care Services

  • Homeless Services

  • Human Resources

  • Information Technology Department

  • Internal Auditors

  • Library Services

  • Managed Document Services

  • Management and Budget

  • Medical Examiner

  • Pet Resources

  • Procurement

  • Public Utilities

  • Public Works

  • Real Estate Services

  • Recreation & Neighborhood Parks

  • Risk Management & Safety Division

  • Social Services

  • Solid Waste Division

  • Sunshine Line

  • Tax Collector’s Office

  • Water Resources


  • Convention Center & Tourism
  • City Clerk
  • Contract Administration
  • Tampa Fire Rescue
  • Tampa Police Department
  • Revenue & Finance
  • Legal
  • Internal Audit
  • Communications
  • Mayor’s Office
  • Chief of Staff’s Office
  • Human Resources
  • Purchasing
  • Technology & Innovation
  • Community Redevelopment
  • City Council
  • Development & Economic Opportunity
  • Development & Growth Management
  • City Planning
  • Economic Opportunity
  • Neighborhood & Community Affairs
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Equal Business Opportunity
  • Community Engagement
  • Neighborhood Enhancement
  • Arts & Cultural Affairs
  • Mobility and Infrastructure
  • Wastewater
  • Water, Sold Waste
  • Logistics & Asset Management
  • Waste to Energy
  • Tax Collector’s Office

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Please review our booking tips before continuing

1. Please make one field trip per reservation order. Complete one and start a new one if you have multiple days you are booking.

2. Headcount can be approximate. Please include children and adults in your headcount. Please do not include pass holders in your headcount for a ticket.

3. On the ticket page, choose the correct grade level (to the left of your screen) to receive the correct chaperone ratio.

4. On the ticket page, when on the calendar section, the number of tickets available will appear in the top right corner for each particular day. Tickets available include children and adults. If you have more people than tickets available, please choose another day.

5. Anyone that is ordering lunch, even pass holders and adults that receive free chaperone tickets, do need to pay for a lunch IF they are ordering one. Free chaperone tickets and pass holders are for admission only.

Boxed lunch orders must be received 5 business days prior to your field trip arrival. Groups will be responsible for all boxed lunches that were confirmed at that time.

6. Payment does not need to be paid at the time of registration. Choose the pay upon arrival option if you would like one person to pay for your entire trip on the day of your visit.

7. The prices of adult and children’s tickets are different.

8. You will receive a confirmation number and confirmation letter via email when your trip is confirmed. If you do not, please contact Jamie.Elkington@Zootampa.org right away.

Outside Food & Drinks Policy

ZooTampa at Lowry Park offers a variety of delicious food for guests at several restaurants and concession stands throughout, but we understand that guests may need to bring outside food for special dietary needs. Acceptable and prohibited food items are listed below. For the convenience of our guests, there is a picnic area located outside the park near the main parking lot.

 Acceptable Items
  • Bottled water (max 20oz bottle, sealed) one per guest
  • Small snacks for young children
  • Baby food/baby formula
  • Soft-sided insulated bags no larger than 8.5” wide x 6” high x 6” deep (limit one per child)
  • Pre-purchased empty ZooTampa souvenir cups
  • Any food required for medical purposes and medically-indicated nutritional supplements
 Prohibited Items
  • Prepared or packaged food or meals
  • Alcohol
  • Glass or any open containers or water bottles filled with beverages
  • Hard-sided coolers of any size
  • Soft-sided coolers larger than 8.5” wide x 6” high x 6” deep
  • Suitcases and soft-sided bags with wheels larger than 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high

Prohibited Items

For the safety of our animals, guests and employees, the following items are not permitted to be brought into ZooTampa:

  • Any type of explosive or weapon 
  • Knives or other sharp objects
  • Pepper spray
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Marijuana
  • Illegal drugs
  • Straws
  • Clothing likely to create a danger or disturbance
  • Any hazardous items or materials

The following items are also prohibited to avoid blocking of walkways and/or trip hazards:

  • Segways
  • Hover boards
  • Two-wheeled scooters
  • Self-balancing electric vehicles
  • Shoes with wheels
  • Drones
  • Hard-sided coolers of any size
  • Soft-sided coolers larger than 8.5” wide x 6” high x 6” deep
  • Suitcases and soft-sided bags with wheels larger than 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high

Please leave any unnecessary articles secured within your vehicle to expedite your entry into the park.

We reserve the right to deny entry to anyone not observing Zoo Rules.

Pay For A Day Tickets

With a new Pay For A Day, Rest of Year Free ticket – for a limited time – you get unlimited admission through December 31, 2024 including access to our seasonal event series. Some blockout dates apply — see below for details. Not valid with any other discounts.

When does my Pay For A Day ticket expire?

Pay for a Day Get the Rest of the Year Free tickets purchased in October, November, or December of 2023, are valid from the day of purchase until 12/31/2024. Any Pay For a Day Get the Rest of the Year Free tickets purchased prior to October 1, 2023 expire on 12/31/2023.

What are the blockout dates?

11/24/23 – 11/26/23
12/26/23 – 12/31/23
3/9/24 – 3/17/24
11/24/24 – 11/26/24
12/26/24 – 12/31/24

Blockout dates apply to admission before 4:00 PM on the above dates.

Can I purchase a Pay For A Day ticket on a blockout date?

Yes! You can purchase a Pay for a Day, Rest of Year Free ticket for first-time use on a listed blockout date and have full access to the park on that day. Blockout dates apply to repeat visitation.

Can I use my Pay For A Day ticket on blockout dates? If you already have your Pay for a Day, Rest of Year Free ticket and wish to visit during a listed blockout date, please stop by the Zoo’s ticketing windows for alternate options:
  1. During blockout periods, Pay For A Day ticket holders have access to significantly discounted single-day tickets.*
  2. For a limited time from the date of purchase, Pay For A Day tickets can be upgraded to a Zoo Membership (with no blockout dates).
I purchased a Pay For A Day ticket online. How do I get my actual ticket?

Bring a copy of your confirmation (or show the confirmation email on your mobile device) to expedite entry into the Zoo. At your convenience during your visit you can stop by the Tours & Guest Services kiosk located just inside the Zoo to print your physical pass. No need to stand in line at the ticket windows. Walk right in!
Still have questions? Email us or call (813) 935-8552 ext. 0.