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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, take fun photos with the 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 presented by Spirit Airlines — Happening daily! Learn More
  • Dining at Macaw's Landing Cafe — Perfect for a fuel up before your WILD day!
  • Main Aviary — Pro tip: the sloths are most active in the mornings
  • 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 presented by Spirit Airlines! 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!

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FLORIDA

Florida

The Florida Boardwalk & Manatee Mangrove is home to a wide variety of exotic animals, some rare and threatened with extinction —  including the critically endangered Florida panther. You can see many of these species, including the panther, manatees and black bears, here in the Native Florida Wildlife habitat at ZooTampa.

florida panther looking up at zootampa

Florida

  • David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center
  • Florida Boardwalk
  • Manatee Mangrove
  • Key West Deck
  • Stingray Bay Touch Experience & Gift Shop
  • Manatees, red wolves, Florida panthers, black bears, sandhill cranes, skunks, river otters, American alligators, American bald eagles, and so much more!

David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center

David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center

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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 400 manatees with more than 230 of those reintroduced into Florida waters.


Conservation Tails Walkabout

Conservation Tails Walkabout

A tiger gets a routine medical checkup by Doctor Lauren Smith at the Catherine Lowry Straz Veterinary Hospital at ZooTampa

Conservation Tails Walkabout

Conservation Tails Walkabout

Join us for this 15-20 minute walk and talk to hear wild stories of wildlife conservation! Learn about the rescue and rehabilitation of our Florida Boardwalk residents and amazing conservation efforts of manatees, panthers & more!

Every Day at 2:30 pm

Meet at Manatee Overlook on the Florida Boardwalk 10 minutes before the scheduled tour time. No reservations needed.


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.


Wild School of Training

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Wild School of Training

  • Get up close and learn about amazing animals at the ZooVenture Theater
  • 11:30 am Daily

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.

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Primates

  • Bornean orangutans,  Colobus monkeys, lemurs, mandrills, guenons, and many more!
  • Rango Snacks

Asia

Asia

Leopards and tigers and rhinos, oh my! Get up close to the many rare and endangered animals in the Asian Gardens. Watch as the tigers explore the water's edge. Observe the Indian rhinos at play, then come across the Clouded leopards and all their spots.

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Asian Gardens

  • Lorikeet Aviary & Feeding Experience
  • Indian Rhino Feeding Encounter
  • Sulawesi Aviary
  • Malayan tigers, sun bear, Komodo dragons, Malayan tapirs, Indian rhinos, clouded leopards, warty pigs, gharials, and more!

AFRICA

Africa

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

okapi resting at zootampa

AFRICA

  • Expedition Africa Safari Tram Ride
  • Aldabra Tortoise Encounter
  • White Rhino Backstage Encounter
  • Giraffe Meet & Greet — Learn about our amazing giraffes during a training session where YOU are the assistant!
  • 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 Africa Safari Tram Ride

Expedition Africa Safari Tram Ride

Take a ride on the Expedition Africa safari tram that winds its way behind the scenes and through Africa, even going through habitats—included FREE with your admission.

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Expedition Africa Safari Tram Ride

  • Enjoy a guided safari tour through Africa. Climb aboard the custom-made safari vehicle for a 15-minute long narrated ride
  • The open-air tram offers a behind-the-scenes view of dozens of animals, including the Zoo’s African elephant herd, okapis, African painted dogs and more.
  • At this time face masks are required during our Expedition Africa Safari Tram Ride & while in the tram queue line.
  • The last run for the Tram Ride is at 2:30pm.

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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.

A photo of a girl and other children splashing around enjoying the Wallaroo Splash Pad at ZooTampa

Wallaroo

  • Splash Pad
  • Mommy Stop & Family Restrooms
  • Overland Express Train
  • Lil' Joey's Caravan
  • Boomer's Flyin' Bananas
  • Boomer's Cafe
  • Koalas, bats*, wallabies, emus, and more!
  • Tasmanian Tiger Coaster *
  • The Koala Clubhouse Playground *
  • Wallaroo Petting Zoo & Pony Barn *

* Temporarily closed during our modified operations


Roaring Springs

Roaring Springs

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 spalshdown on Roaring Springs presented by Pinch a Penny! Plus enjoy play areas for the kids, food & drinks at Joe's Diner, and then 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
  • Retail shop

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Carousel Circle

Carousel Circle

Follow Zoo Boulevard from the Zoo's Main Entrance to the Carousel Circle where you can ride the Jungle 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.

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Carousel Circle

  • Jungle Carousel
  • Sweet Shoppe
  • Hot dogs
  • Games & mining
  • Face painting
  • African Penguin Encounter

Rides

Rides

tiger roller coaster at zootampa

Rides

  • 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
  • Lil' Joey's Caravan
  • Expedition Africa Safari Tram Ride
  • Tasmanian Tiger Coaster *

* Temporarily closed during our modified operations