Enjoy the Best Events At ZooTampa At Lowry Park

Enjoy the Best Events at ZooTampa

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Are you in Tampa and looking for unique things to do to fill your days… or nights? Then look no further than ZooTampa At Lowry Park. The zoo connects visitors with wildlife and hosts all sorts of fun events where you can learn more about conservation efforts and what the day-to-day running of the zoo looks like. 

ZooTampa At Lowry Park is one of the most visited zoos in the southeastern United States. They work hard to make sure their enclosures are well-suited to their animals and their conservation efforts are robust. So supporting them is also a great cause! 

Participating in zoo events is a fun way to meet a community of people who love animals and care about the wild as much as you do! If you are looking for something interesting to do in this Tampa zoo, then don’t miss out on these activities!

Photo by ZooTampa

Prehistoric Predators

Step back in time to see incredible ancient creatures at ZooTampa’s Prehistoric Predators event. From January 13 to April 14, discover 15 animatronic animals that once ruled our planet.

Learn about creatures like the allosaurus and deinonychus, which haven’t been seen for centuries. Find out how these ancient predators connect to modern animals and understand their crucial role in today’s ecosystem.

All ages can enjoy this limited-time event and gain insights into the fascinating world of Earth’s prehistoric past.


Get ready for the wildest night of the year: Zoobrews, which promises unlimited free-flowing drinks and bites from local restaurants and vendors. There will be live music and games, and guests will have access to the exhibits all night. If you want to see the zoo in a whole new light, then you can’t miss this event!

This is one of the most popular events hosted by the zoo so hurry up and get your tickets because they sell out fast!

ZooBrews falls on April 6, 2024. This year’s festivities start at 7:30 PM for general admission! This is an adults-only event, so be advised that no one under 21 will be admitted. If you are the designated driver or don’t plan on drinking, you can also get a discount – just let the event staff know.

Photo by ZooTampa

Conservation Connections

ZooTampa focuses on a new conservation effort each month, sharing educational activities in the park and on our social media.

Here are the upcoming activities for the following days:

  • January 20, 2024: National Bird Day
  • February 17, 2024: National Hippo Day
  • March 16, 2024: Save the Florida Panther Day
  • April 20, 2024: Earth Day (Party for the Planet)
  • May 18, 2024: World Koala Day
  • June 15, 2024: World Ocean’s Day
  • July 20, 2024: American Zoo Day
  • August 17, 2024: World Elephant Day
  • November 16, 2024: Manatee Awareness Month
  • December 21, 2024: World Wildlife Conservation Day

Karamu Gala

Have you ever wanted to fraternize with animals while wearing your black-tie best? Then this event is for you. Karamu is a fundraising gala for the benefit of the animals at the zoo. You can enjoy top-tier food and entertainment all while knowing that your money is going to a great cause. 

Get ready for a night of wild encounters, great food, and dancing! Single tickets go for $1000. The Karamu Gala is on February 10, 2024 so grab tickets while you still can!

Photo by ZooTampa

Eggstravaganza Presented By Kinder Joy

Go on a zoo-wide easter egg hunt from April! The whole zoo will have eggs hidden near various enclosures and participants who find them all win a prize. This is primarily a family event, so if you have little ones in tow this would be a great added activity for them!

Eggs Marks The Spot is the zoo-wide scavenger hunt. There is also Ready, Set, Eggstravaganza, a members-only area where the littlest zoo-lovers are given additional gifts and surprises. 

Breakfast With the Animals

Who needs regular brunch when you can make it exotic? Have breakfast on the wild side with rainforest animals like macaws, tomistomas, and more. Not only do you get to get up close and personal with the animals, but you also get to learn a little more about their care and rehabilitation from the zoo staff. The ticket price of $110 ($85 for members) includes a ticket for the zoo for the day. 

Photo by ZooTampa

Breakfast (And Painting) With Elephants

August 20, 2022, and August 27, 2022

8:00 – 9:30

Elephants are incredibly smart and need to be kept entertained, join the trainer as the zoo’s African elephant learns to paint! Have a light breakfast and enjoy a little time before the zoo officially opens

Day of Discovery

ZooTampa, with support from C.A.R.D. at the University of South Florida, presents a Day of Discovery sponsored by the Lowry Murphey Family Foundation Inc. Specifically designed for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families, this morning event features unique activities, animal encounters, and learning opportunities, including access to the Prehistoric Predators area.

Doors open, February 3, 2024, at 8:00 AM for neurodiverse individuals and their families, concluding at 9:30 AM just before the Zoo’s regular hours. Tickets, priced at $5 (or $8 at the gate on the event day), are available until 9:00 AM.

Photo by ZooTampa

Toddler Tuesdays

If you have kids, then this is an activity you shouldn’t miss. The first Tuesday of every month is toddler Tuesday, with special stuff for the little ones to enjoy themselves. Toddler Tuesday takes your little one on adventures through the alphabet every week, focusing on a new letter and how it relates to wildlife or animal care. (“H” is for Handler, “P” is for Parrot, etc.)

The following is the schedule for the year to come:

  • January 9, 2024: Become Best Buds with the Brilliant Letter B
  • February 3, 2024: Hang out with the Heroic Letter H and Hear about Herbivorous Hippos to celebrate World Hippo Day
  • March 12, 2024: Navigate the Night with the Nifty Letter N
  • April 9, 2024: Play along with the Practically Perfect Letter P
  • May 14, 2024: Quiz the Quirky Letter Q
  • June 11, 2024: Wiggle With the Wonderful Letter W
  • July 9, 2024: Yippee! Let’s eXplore the Zany Letters X, Y, and Z
  • August 13, 2024: Dance with the Dashing and Dazzling Letter D
  • September 10, 2024: Laugh along with the Loveable Letter L
  • October 8, 2024: Surprise the Spectacular Letter S
  • November 12, 2024: Meet the Marvelous Letter M
  • December 10, 2024: Tag along with The Terrific Letter T
Photo by ZooTampa

The Holiday Season

The holidays are spectacular at ZooTampa At Lowry Park. There are events for Halloween, Christmas, and to ring in the New Year especially for the little ones.

Creatures Of The Night

A Halloween spooktacular but with a wild twist! Creatures Of The Night features entertainment from illusionists, haunted houses, and more. The night is jam-packed with activities for kids of all ages, such as a hay bale maze and a roving magician with a lovely assistant. 

Even the beer garden will be transformed into a Voodoo Bar for the season. Check back a little closer to October for more details about 2022’s event. Don’t miss this Halloween extravaganza at the zoo!

Christmas In The Wild

Christmas in the Wild is the yearly light show that ZooTampa At Lowry Park puts up. It’s an enchanting display of Christmas lights plus an elf dance party and an appearance from the big man himself, Santa! It’s all about family fun during the holidays at ZooTampa!

ZooTampa’s New Year Celebration

Celebrate New Year at ZooTampa at Lowry Park in the Africa Circle. Experience hourly countdowns from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM with festive food, a live DJ, activities for kids, and giveaways.

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