Explore The Zoo

Manatee Circle

Manatee Circle

The fun begins as soon as you step foot through the Zoo's Main Entrance! Visit the Main Free-Flight Aviary just inside, or splash around in the Manatee Fountains. You can also grab a bite to eat at Macaw’s Landing, check out the fun photos taken by our Zootastic photographers, symbolically adopt an animal at Nature's Kingdom Gift Shop, or simply continue on your adventure to one of our 5 realms.

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Manatee Circle

  • Macaw Flyover — Happening daily! Learn More
  • Dining at Macaw's Landing Cafe — Perfect for a fuel up before your WILD day!
    Getting here early? Breakfast is served until 10:30 AM.
  • Main Aviary
  • Nature's Kingdom Gift Shop & Wheelchair Rentals
  • Iconic Manatee Statue & Fountains
  • Expedition Photo
  • Tours & Guest Services Kiosk — Go ahead, ask us anything!

Macaw Flyover

Macaw Flyover

Macaws flying over guests as they look up and watch in amazement

Macaw Flyover

Don't look down or you might miss our famous Macaw Flyover! Guests will see our flock of colorful macaws as they fly over the entrance, around Manatee Circle, stopping for a photo op, and then heading back up the path into the Florida realm. It’s an experience you won’t forget!


FLORIDA

NEW! Florida Wilds

Florida

The new immersive area features more spacious habitats for native species so they can thrive, while also providing engaging moments of diversion and education for guests of all ages.

Families can enjoy unobstructed and sprawling views of the ruler of the realm, the endangered Florida panther! As one of the top facilities in the world for the rehabilitation of these majestic animals, ZooTampa is home to three resident panthers who were unable to return to the wild due to permanent injuries. These beautiful animals were given a second chance to live a healthy and long life in the Zoo’s care and be important ambassadors for their species.

Many other rescued animals also make their home in the new Florida Wilds, including black bears, owls, and skunks. Additionally, ZooTampa has expanded its participation in the Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s Species Survival Program for the critically endangered red wolf. The Zoo is now home to two females with the hope that they will pair up with the males and help increase red wolf numbers with the ultimate goal of being reintroduced to the wild.

While awe-inspiring and entertaining, Florida Wilds also aims to educate guests on environmental conservation. The area has interpretative signage, including rookery towers that provide tips for Floridians on how to safely live alongside the many species that share our state’s diverse ecosystem. Daily chats with animal experts also take place in the new area with the goal of educating guests of all ages on how they can join ZooTampa in its mission protect and preserve wildlife and wild places for future generations to enjoy.

  • David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center
  • Florida Boardwalk
  • Manatee Mangrove
  • Key West Deck
  • Saunders Conservation Theater
  • Bald Eagle Overlook Gift Shop
  • Manatees, red wolves, river otters, exotic reptiles, American bald eagles, Florida panthers*, black bears*, sandhill cranes*, skunks*, American alligators*, and so much more!

David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center

David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center

Zookeepers tend to a rehabbing manatee at ZooTampa's manatee critical care center

David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center

The Zoo’s David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center is the first non-profit, acute care facility of its kind specifically dedicated to critical care for wild manatees, and one of just four contracted federally permitted manatee rehabilitation centers in the US.

Since 1991, the manatee care and veterinary team have treated over 500 manatees with the majority reintroduced back to Florida waters.


Roaring Springs

Children must be at least 36" tall. Children between 36" and 42" tall must be accompanied by a companion 14 or older.

Experience a hidden part of Florida! Grab the whole family, board a boat and take a ride along a crystal clear spring to the thrill of a three-story splashdown on Roaring Springs presented by Pinch a Penny! Plus, enjoy play areas for the kids and mosey on down the Florida Boardwalk.

roaring springs

Roaring Springs

  • Roaring Springs Family Water Adventure — Presented by Pinch A Penny
  • Lookout Landing Splash Zone
  • Kids play areas
  • Awesome Austin's Face Painting & Caricatures

Presented by

Logo for our sponsor Pinch-a-Penny


Aviaries

Aviaries

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Aviaries

Main Aviary

This large free-flight aviary is located at the front of the zoo in Manatee Circle.  Look closely and you'll see our resident sloth hanging out there too!

Lorikeet Landing

Located in the Asia realm, you can walk in this free-flight aviary and meet some of the most beautiful birds in the world. Plus, for a small fee you can even feed them!

Sulawesi Aviary

Also located in Asia along the boardwalk, this aviary features amazing birds from Southeast Asia.

Hornbill Aviary

Located in Africa, this large habitat for some of the coolest birds in Africa is near the Beer & Wine Garden.

Florida Aviary

The Florida Aviary is located in Florida Wilds by the American alligator and Florida Panther habitats. If you continue along the boardwalk you will also find the flamingo and owl habitats close by!


Primates

Primates

Swing into Primate World where monkey business is our specialty. The majority of the primates you will find here are endangered in the wild. As you visit and learn more about each, you will find out what you can do to protect them.

Orangutan mom holding her baby

Primates

  • Bornean orangutans
  • Colobus monkeys
  • Lemurs
  • Mandrills
  • Guenons
  • Hamadryas baboons
  • Rango Snacks

Asia

Asia

Get up close to the many rare and endangered animals in the Asian Gardens, including the Malayan tiger, sun bear, and Indian rhino.

Asian Gardens

  • Lorikeet Aviary & Feeding Experience
  • Indian Rhino Feeding Signature Encounter
  • Sulawesi Aviary
  • Malayan tigers
  • Sun bear
  • Komodo dragons
  • Malayan tapirs
  • Indian rhinos
  • Gharials, and more!
  • ZooVentures Theater
Casey the sun bear hangs out in a hammock

AFRICA

Africa

Get up-close and personal with some of the world's largest, rarest, and most impressive animals, including African elephants, giraffes, shoebills, zebras, white rhinos, painted dogs, okapi, pygmy hippos, and more! Dine at Safari Pizza Co., or relax with a cold drink at our Beer & Wine Garden. There's good reason Africa is one of the most popular spots in the zoo!

An adult African painted dog and pup

AFRICA

  • Expedition Wild Africa Safari Ride
  • Aldabra Tortoise Encounter
  • White Rhino Backstage Encounter
  • Giraffe Backstage Encounter
  • Partners in Preservation Tour
  • Dining options including: Safari Pizza Company, Tamanis, and our Beer & Wine Garden
  • Elephants, giraffes, Southern white rhinos, okapi, red river hogs, Maribou storks, Von Der Decken Hornbills, pygmy hippos, African painted dogs, and more!

Expedition Wild Africa Safari Ride

Expedition Africa Safari Tram Ride

Expedition Wild Africa Safari Ride

Weekdays from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PMWeekends from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PMChildren under 56" must be accompanied by an adult.
Calling all prospective research interns! Join the Habari Preserve team and learn all about the amazing animals that call this preserve home. Founder of the preserve Professor Ron Treadway and ZooTampa research assistants will lead your orientation tour aboard our brand new open air expedition vehicles, where you'll learn how we're working hard to continue our mission to save wildlife in wild places. Don't miss your chance to be one of the first to experience Expedition Wild Africa and join the team!

Our Expedition Wild Africa vehicle is being serviced this week and there may be certain times of the day where we are unable to accommodate guests with accessibility needs as we normally would. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Partners in Preservation Tour

Monday–Friday at 3:30 PM

Go behind the scenes and discover how ZooTampa works with international organizations, other zoos and aquariums, and our community to protect wildlife. Get a closer look at our clouded leopards and learn how to make choices that have a positive impact on animals at home and around the world!

Meet at the penguin habitat to begin your tour. Each tour lasts 20–25 minutes and accommodates up to 15 guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Expedition Wild Africa Safari Ride

Wallaroo

Wallaroo

G'day, mates! Fancy a walk-about with a wallaby? Or a close encounter with a koala? Then take a stroll through Tampa's own land down under, Wallaroo Station. This Australia-themed family area provides hours of enjoyment and discovery for even the littlest adventurers.

Queensland koala

Wallaroo

  • Splash Pad
  • Frosty® Cart by Wendy's®
  • Mommy Stop & Family Restrooms
  • Overland Express Train
  • Boomer's Flyin' Bananas
  • Boomer's Cafe
  • Dino Down Under Gift Shop
  • Mining Experience
  • Koalas, bats, wallabies, emus, and more!
  • Tasmanian Tiger Coaster
  • The Koala Clubhouse Playground
  • Wallaroo Barnyard - Open Daily from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Carousel Circle

Carousel Circle

Children under 42" must be accompanied by an adult or supervising companion 14 years or older.
Follow Zoo Boulevard from the Zoo's Main Entrance to the Carousel Circle where you can ride the The Carousel—included in your admission, grab a sweet treat or hot dog, play games & win prizes, all before you continue on to Wallaroo, Africa, or Roaring Springs.

Carousel Circle

  • The Carousel
  • Boardwalk Treats
  • Boardwalk Dogs
  • Games & retail
  • African penguins
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Rides

Rides

tiger roller coaster at zootampa

Rides

  • Expedition Wild Africa Safari Ride
  • Roaring Springs Presented by Pinch A Penny -- a family friendly water adventure featuring a thrilling three-story splashdown!
  • Boomer's Flyin' Bananas
  • Overland Express Train
  • The Carousel
  • Tasmanian Tiger Coaster