ZooTampa at Lowry Park#10 in Best Things To Do in Tampa
Spanning 60 acres, ZooTampa boasts natural habitats, educational shows and interactive animal encounters, water play areas, and a handful of rides. Here you'll find a variety of animals from around the world, including African elephants, koalas, orangutans, penguins, and tigers, among other species. Plus, for those that didn't spot any animals at Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center, you're in luck; the zoo is home to Florida's only nonprofit acute care manatee hospital, which means it's one of a few places in Florida where you're guaranteed to spot the area's beloved sea cows no matter the season. Other highlights include a carousel and a section dedicated to Florida wildlife.
When you're not marveling at the manatees, you'll have your pick of interactive animal encounters, ranging from feeding an Indian rhino to posing for a photo with koala bears. Recent visitors were generally pleased with the zoo, and especially recommend it for families with young children. They also say zoo employees are friendly and the zoo is well maintained.
ZooTampa is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. When purchased in advance online, one-day tickets for adults cost about $34. Kids between the ages of 3 and 11 get in for about $25 and children younger than 2 enter for free. If you purchased a CityPASS, zoo admission is included. The zoo is located about 5 miles north of downtown Tampa. Parking is free. For more information, visit the zoo's website.
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#1 Tampa Riverwalk
The Riverwalk is a 2.6-mile-long trail which runs along the Hillsborough River in Tampa. Visitors can walk, bike, rollerblade, enjoy public art and access any number of restaurants, stores, parks and playgrounds, bike rental shops and attractions, such as the Florida Aquarium and the Glazer Children's Museum, along the route.
Recent visitors were impressed by how well-maintained and clean the park is and noted that it's an ideal place to catch the sunset. You can access the Riverwalk from any number of places along the river. Visit the Friends of the Riverwalk website for more information and maps.
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