Plan My Zoo Day

Buy Your Tickets

Skip the line and buy your tickets online! Visit FREE through the end of 2023 with a Pay for a Day, Visit All Year ticket! Or become a Member and get UNLIMITED admission for one year!


Unlimited Admission for 12 Full Months

Fun for Everyone!
  • FREE preferred parking based on availability
  • Member-only events
  • Discounts on dining, shopping, Signature Encounters, and more!
  • Early access to ZooTampa’s summer camp registration
  • FREE beer sample during Member Happy Hour from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM at the Beer & Wine Garden
  • $5 discount on Adult and Child admission
  • Discounted admission to over 150 zoos & aquariums!

1 Member
Choice of 1 Guest Each Visit


2 Members
Choice of 1 Guest Each Visit

2 Members
Choice of 2 Guests Each Visit

Family – BEST VALUE!

4 Members*
Choice of 2 Guests Each Visit
*Add additional Members $50 each
Buy Now, Get 12 Full Unlimited Months

Pay for a day

Free Admission for the rest of 2023

An Amazing Value!

 Offer only valid with full price admission. Not valid with any other discounts. Some blockout dates apply. Click here for blockout dates, to purchase a Blockout Upgrade, and other FAQ.

AGES 12 +
AGES 3 – 11
Buy Now, Get the Rest of 2023 Free
— OR —

Purchase Online in AdvancE. Save $3 on Single Day Ticket*

* Valid for only one day admission. Not valid with any other discounts.

Upgrade Your Day

Add amazing moments to your day at ZooTampa with our unforgettable signature animal encounters. Reserve your spot today — spaces are limited.

Signature Encounters

Wildlife Explorer Quest Powered by TRAKID

Adventure is closer than you think

Become a Wildlife Explorer and learn all about your favorite animals in a unique way. With the Wildlife Explorer Compass, kids become heroic explorers on this family-friendly expedition through the Zoo.
  • Before you arrive, download the TRAKID app on your phone before your visit. The TRAKID app is required to participate in this experience. Get it on Google Play or Download it from the Apple App Store.
  • When you arrive at the Zoo please visit the Tours & Guest Services Kiosk located inside the Zoo near Manatee Circle to pick up your Wildlife Explorer Compass and begin your Wildlife Explorer Quest!
  • Your Wildlife Explorer Compass can be picked up at any time during the day in which it is reserved, between 9:30am and 4:00pm.
  • When you finish your Quest, please return your Wildlife Explorer Compass to the Tours & Guest Services Kiosk.
  • Wildlife Explorer Quest is recommended for ages 4 & up.
Plan My Zoo Day - ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Complete Your Adventure

Throughout the day, join our animal care team for special chats, mingles, and shows which provide a fascinating look at amazing species from around the world.

Wildlife Connections

All Wildlife Connections are included with addmission
  • 9:30 AM – Wildlife Connection @ Manatee Circle
  • 9:45 AM – Gharial Crocodile Chat @ Manatee Circle
  • 10:30 AM – Macaw Flyover @ Manatee Circle
  • 11:00 AM – Wildlife Connection @ Bugtopia
  • 11:00 AM – Penguin Chat @ near entrance to Africa
  • 11:30 AM – Florida Wildlife Chat @ Florida Wilds, Florida
  • 12:00 PM – Wildlife Connection @ ZooVentures Theater, Florida
  • 12:30 PM – Orangutan Chat @ Primates
  • 1:30 PM – Wildlife Connection @ ZooVentures Theater, Florida
  • 1:45 PM – Giraffe Chat @ Giraffe Habitat, Africa
  • 2:00 PM – Macaw Flyover @ Manatee Circle
  • 2:30 PM – Wildlife Connection @ Africa
  • 3:30 PM – Shoebill Chat @ Africa
  • 3:30 PM – Florida Wildlife Chat @ Florida Wilds, Florida
  • 3:30 PM – Partners in Preservation Tour @ Penguin Habitat
  • 4:00 PM – Wildlife Connection @ Manatee Circle
Find places to eat, attractions, & animals on our Explore the Zoo page.

Know Before You Go

Hours of Operation

9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
7 days a week

Holiday Hours Extended Spring Break Hours: 9:30 AM – 7:00 PM Spring Break 3/11-3/19 and on weekends (except April 1) through April 30

Saturday, April 1: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM for Karamu

Thursday, Nov 23: Closed for Thanksgiving

Saturday, Dec 24: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM for Christmas Eve

Sunday, Dec 25: Closed for Christmas Day


1101 W. Sligh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33604

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Plan your day, upload your tickets, or get step-by-step directions throughout the park with our app!

Have Questions?

Visit our FAQ page

Signature Encounters Requirements & Guidelines

  • ZooTampa admission is required to participate in Signature Encounters. Purchase admission tickets here.
  • ALL guests on Signature Encounters, including children (except those 2 and under where permitted), parents, guardians, care givers, etc. MUST have an Encounter Ticket.
  • AGE REQUIREMENTS VARY BY ENCOUNTER. Please see encounter details to ensure that all members of your party meet the requirements.
  • White Rhino and Elephant encounters utilize a vehicle for guest transportation. Please contact Guest Services if you need accommodations for vehicle loading.
  • Service animals are restricted from entering the Koala, Giant Tortoise, and African Penguin encounter areas. For accessibility resources go here.
  • Tour components are subject to change without notice due to animal, weather, or staff needs.
  • Encounters are only refundable 48 hours prior to your scheduled encounter. For refund inquiries, please contact Guest Services via email or call us at (813) 935-8552 ext 0.

Please review our booking tips before continuing

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, 2023 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?

For a limited time, new Pay for a Day, Rest of Year Free tickets are valid from the day of purchase until 12/31/2023 Pay for a Day, Rest of Year Free tickets which were purchased prior to October 1st, 2022 are valid until 12/31/2022.

What are the blockout dates?

3/11/23 – 3/19/23
11/24/23 – 11/26/23
12/26/23 – 12/31/23

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.