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2024 is the Year of More at ZooTampa!

No visit to ZooTampa at Lowry Park is ever the same, and in 2024 (the year of more), we have some very fun and exciting things to amaze, educate and entertain the whole family in unique ways.

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Prehistoric Predators

Don’t miss this limited-time special event taking place through mid-April. Come face to face with giant animatronic ferocious predators of the past. Animals not seen for centuries like the dire wolf from the ice age or an allosaurus from the Mesozoic age come to life only at ZooTampa. While enjoying the amazing creatures that roamed the earth long ago, guests of all ages will also learn the important role predators play in our ecosystem and how they relate to species of this century.

The Year of more at ZooTampa Prehistoric Predators
Prehistoric Predators at ZooTampa

Stingray Shores

The new interactive habitat features the opportunity to touch and feed graceful stingrays. Guests also have the unique opportunity to get into the water and be immersed in the aquatic world of stingrays during an unforgettable Signature Encounter experience that connects guests with these amazing species like never before.

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Stingray Shores at ZooTampa rendering.


The completely re-imagined family area includes a new ride, Aussie Trek presented by Outback, which will feature opportunities for parents and their kids to go on a safari and learn about the unique wildlife of the land down under. The area, which will open March 2024, will have an expanded splash pad and dry play area presented by Bank of America and more opportunities for up-close animal connections with the addition of a wallaby Signature Encounter. Additionally, new food and beverage locations, the Outpost Grab N Go Market and the Boomerang Bar will offer guests an array of delicious drinks and food options.

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Australia rendering at ZooTampa

David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center expansion

As one of only two critical care centers in the United States able to care for orphaned manatees, ZooTampa is expanding its capacity with the addition of two 16,500-gallon treatment areas for the direst (and smallest) patients.

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The David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center

The Year of More at ZooTampa!

Want more adventure? Add amazing moments to your day at ZooTampa with one of our unforgettable Signature Animal Encounters. From behind-the-scenes tours with incredible species like penguins and manatees to interactive experiences with giraffes and rhinos, it’s the best way to create lasting memories and connect with wildlife.

The best way to visit the Zoo is with a membership. Starting at $119 for the year, our four different membership options provide the best value and the opportunity to return again and again for unforgettable adventures with amazing animals! Plus, all memberships offer the flexibility to bring your choice of guest(s) and many more great benefits!

As one of USA Today’s top ten zoos in the United States, ZooTampa is Tampa Bay’s destination for families to come together, be entertained and connect with each other and wildlife. Visit for details.

The year of more at ZooTampa Stingray Shores
Stingray Shores stingray encounter at ZooTampa

*Presented by ZooTampa | Originally published in February 2024 of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine