A day at Tampa Lowry Park Zoo!

If you haven't visited the zoo in a while you definitely want to treat your family and yourself to the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo. We had the opportunity to visit this weekend and not only my children, I too had an awesome time. 
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo features 56 acres of lush, natural habitats comprising seven main exhibit areas: Asian Domain, Primate World, Manatee and Aquatic Center, Florida Wildlife Center, Free-Flight Aviary, Wallaroo Station children's zoo, and the new Safari AfricaThe zoo is today ranked the number one zoo in the U.S. (Parents magazine 2009 & Childmagazine 2004) and recognized by the State of Florida as a center for Florida wildlife conservation and biodiversity. The zoo is easy to navigate, clean and the animals are contained in a very natural environment, thus they seem very relaxed and active.

Expedition Africa was just amazing, not only did we see Zebras, Elephants & Rhino's we were able to feed giraffes which was truly a unique experience. Unlike other places i was surprised as to how close we were able to see the animals.The "safari trek" is a must. It is an eighteen minute ride thru the "plains" of Africa with an expert narration about the animals. 
My 5yr old daughter's favorite is the Wallaroo station. You can get on various rides, feed and pet different animals & even ride a horse. Don't forget to bring a change of clothes so the kids can enjoy and cool off in one two water sprinkler area.

I was very impressed with the Manatee and Aquatic Center for their great work and focused efforts on critical care for injured, sick, and orphaned wild manatees. The endangered manatee faces many threats. Humans are responsible for about 30% of all manatee deaths. While boat collisions remain the leading single cause, manatees are also killed or injured when they meet with poachers, become entangled in or ingest fishing gear, get caught in flood gates and canal locks or lose habitats to development or pollution. Cold weather also claims many manatees, which are susceptible to pneumonia. Red tide has also been known to kill this animal. 

We spent a good hour in this exhibit, the environment is very relaxing and simply watching these creatures go about their day is simply amazing. Did you know Manatees spend 6 to 8 hours each day feeding? You can see them in action on the picture below. So cool.
As much as I wanted to skip the reptile exhibit my kids were not having it! I am not too crazy about snakes or frogs but I am glad I didn't skip it and can really say I enjoyed seeing all the exotic looking frogs and spiders 
Now on to the highlight of our visit.. The Sea Lion Exhibit! It was not only entertaining but very informative. All 4 of my kids were in complete awe and admiration of these smart, playful animals. Charge is $2 in addition to your Zoo admission to visit the special Sea Lion compound. Dedicated to education and conservation, the exhibit helps connect the importance of preserving our environment, which impacts on all living things. After each presentation, a limited number of guests have the opportunity to have their photos taken with the sea lion stars for an additional fee*. There is nothing quite like touching a sea lion’s coat or feeling its whiskers brush your face. Truly, one of a kind experience.

Don't miss it, The Sea Lion Exhibit will only be at The Lowry Park Zoo until May 31, 2014!!
We had an amazing day at the Tampa Lowry Park Zoo so much, we will definitely be buying an annual pass to visit anytime we like.

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We were provided complimentary admission for the purpose of review, but all words and opinions are 100% my own