It’s time for some great holiday savings over in Tampa Bay! Florida Aquarium and ZooTampa have combined forces to offer you an amazing two for the price of one experience over on the west coast in beautiful Tampa Bay – its called Tampa’s ZooQuarium and here’s what you need to know….
ZooTampa at Lowry Park has its sights set firmly on conservation – it’s a fun packed visit for families and very educational all at the same time!
The same can be said for The Florida Aquarium which has a similar focus – and some superb under and over water exhibits to surprise and delight visitors!
ZooQuarium tickets include admission to BOTH of these world class attractions and an experience your family will not soon forget.
ZooTampa at Lowry Park
Voted USA Today’s 10Best Zoo Readers Choice Travel Award and 12-time winner of TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award, ZooTampa offers unforgettable adventures for all ages. Enjoy an amazing, lush tropical setting with naturalistic habitats that provide up-close connections with animals from around the world.
Enjoy an amazing, lush tropical setting with naturalistic habitats that provide up-close connections with animals from around the world. Come nose-to-nose with an endangered Florida Panther. Witness life-saving care of majestic manatees in the David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center. Go on a safari ride through Africa. Take a thrilling plunge on Roaring Springs. And so much more!
In addition to offering moments of unforgettable connections, ZooTampa is a champion for wildlife, dedicated to the conservation of endangered and threatened species. Most notably, ZooTampa is home to one of only four manatee rehabilitation centers in the United States, treating over 500 manatees since 1991. We are also the number one facility in the world for the care for sick and injured endangered Florida panthers.
You may also recognize the team and the animals entrusted to their care through the hit NatGeo Wild hit series “Secrets of the Zoo: Tampa”. Now streaming on Disney+, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, the series offers an unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at our award-winning zoo. Already on its third season, the series features an array of compelling stories that highlight the Zoo’s mission to protect and preserve animals, while helping to inspire the next generation of wildlife champions.
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 Garden Grille, take fun photos with the Zootastic photographers, relax at the Mommy Stop or macaw pond, or simply continue on your adventure to one of our 5 continent areas.
Florida is home to a wide variety of exotic animals – including 760 species that exist nowhere else in the world. Here, there are 548 species of plants and animals that are threatened with extinction, including the critically endangered Florida Panther. You can see many of these species, including the Panther and the Manatee, in the Native Florida Wildlife habitat at ZooTampa.
Leopards and tigers and bears, 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.
Swing into Primate World where monkey business is a daily occurrence. See Bornean orangutans, chimpanzees and brilliant-colored mandrills. Catch a glimpse of the tiny squirrel monkeys and many more primates from around the world. The majority of these primates are endangered in the wild. As you visit each one, learn about where they are from and what you might be able to do to protect them.
Follow Zoo Boulevard from the Zoo’s Main Entrance to Carousel Circle where you can ride the Jungle Carousel, or grab a sweet treat from the Sweet Shoppe.
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, including an interactive petting zoo, a water play area, delicious dining and the Tasmanian Tiger Family Roller Coaster.
It’s a jungle in here! See some of the finest natural wildlife at close hand – elephants, zebras, meerkats, white rhinos, cheetahs, pygmy hippos, okapi, African penguins and much more! Guests can stand on the feeding plateau of Safari Africa and get eye-to-eye with the tallest animals in the world – the giraffe. You can also feed the giraffes lettuce, on sale at the feeding station.
ZooTampa also offers some incredible signature backstage animal encounters – make sure you check out what’s available the day you’re going to visit…..
Southern White Rhino Backstage*
Did you know white rhinos can weigh up to 5,000 lbs.? Come experience the massive presence of this animal by getting up-close, and learn amazing facts from those who care for them at ZooTampa! * Children must be age 5 or older to participate in these tours. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult in order to participate in the experience.
African Elephant Backstage*
Experience first-hand how our Animal Care Team utilizes learned behaviors to ensure our African elephants are maintaining optimal health and welfare. Watch a training session, see our state-of-the-art elephant barn, and talk to the professionals about how we care for the largest land animal on earth .* Children must be age 5 or older to participate in these tours. Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult in order to participate in the experience.
The Florida Aquarium
Come see why The Florida Aquarium is rated as a top aquarium in North America!
The Florida Aquarium experience is designed to take you on a journey, starting with a drop of water from one of Florida’s many freshwater springs, all the way out to the open waters of the Florida Keys. Sights include a large simulated wetlands environment located under a tall glass atrium, shallow bays and beaches, and a coral reef ecosystem encompassed in half a million gallons of natural seawater.
Located in the Aquarium’s new Mosaic Exhibit Hall on the 2nd floor, MORPH’D is a highly interactive experience featuring utterly engaging and resilient species with unique adaptations. From the colorful to the camouflaged, from the slightly slimy to the super smooth, each animal in MORPH’D tells a unique story of survival. You’ll learn the shocking truth about electric eels and paddlefish, see through the eyes of a mudskipper or four-eyed fish and discover toxic tales of red cherry shrimp and poison dart frogs.
In the No Bones Zone touch and learn about unusual creatures that have no backbone: anemones, sea cucumbers, sea stars and more!
In Journey to Madagascar, you’ll see lemurs, chameleons, geckos and a colorful Indian Ocean reef. You can even crawl inside a tree full of hissing cockroaches!
Take a hike on Florida’s Wetlands Trail and see alligators, otters and free-flying birds. Invasive pythons live here too!
The secrets of Florida’s coral reefs are revealed – occupants include Stingrays, Porcupine Fish, Sand Tiger Sharks, Barracudas, Green SeaTurtles, Moray Eels , Nurse Sharks & Lion Fish.
Some undersea creatures are hard to spot – seahorses, dwarf seahorses and pipefish live in a miniature world all of their own. See how their camouflage helps them sneak up on prey and hide from predators. The Florida Aquarium successfully breeds dwarf seahorses. Keep an eye out for their babies; they are even tinier than the adults!
At Waves of Wonder check out some very amusing Clown Fish, cool jawfish, several varieties of jellies & learn what makes an Octopus one of the oceans most fascinating creatures.
Moon Bay is a unique experience where guests may touch moon jellies (more commonly called jellyfish) and learn about these creatures that have existed for over 500 million years.
Over at The Splash Pad children 11 years of age and under can experience fantastic fun in the kids’ outdoor play zone with both wet and dry play elements! The zero-depth water area features water dump buckets, spray zones and a designated water play area for toddlers.
The Wild Dolphin Cruise departs twice daily from The Florida Aquarium (weather permitting.) This 75- minute cruise includes an informative tour and an opportunity to spot wild dolphins aboard the 72-foot, powered catamaran, the Bay Spirit II.
Get up-close to our animals with a SeaTREK Experience! Walk underwater side-by-side with many types of sea life including reef fishes, rays, a loggerhead sea turtle, bonnethead sharks and much more. This experience is designed for non-divers age 10 or older. Aquarium admission is included for all in-water experience participants. Just bring a swimsuit, towel and shower items but you must book SeaTREK in advance.