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Jun 16, 2017


The 12-night summer event returns new entertainment, animal mingles, family activities, delectable dishes, ice-cold refreshments, light show finale and Dinos after dark.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo turns up the fun again this summer with Sunset Celebration. The 12-night summer event returns new entertainment, animal mingles, family activities, delectable dishes, ice-cold refreshments, light show finale and Dinos after dark. The Zoo will stay open till 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, June 23-July 29.  

Guests will enjoy cooler summer evenings as the sun sets over Tampa’s most unique setting, featuring wildlife in a whole new light. Animal habitats will be illuminated and open throughout the night. Animal encounter kiosks will also bring guests eye-to-eye with numerous animal ambassadors.            

Entertaining activities for the whole family can be found around every corner, including salsa dancers, a steel drum band, an interactive DJ, African drummers and dancers, stilt walkers and an immersive, end of the night “Wild Lights Finale.” Live music at the main stage will feature a band that rotates each weekend. Guests will dance the night away to different genres of music – from pop to soul to country – there’s something for everyone.

As the sky is painted with pinks and purples, guests and African drummers will welcome the sunset with an unforgettable champagne toast at the Zoo’s Savanna Overlook. Guests can purchase champagne and juice for the little ones.

From frozen key lime pops to arepas to funnel cake fries, specialty dining is the highlight of the night. Guests can sample a delightful variety of dining options including bar-b-que, Latin flavors, innovative desserts, and all-American favorites. Keep cool with a variety of refreshments including more than 30 types of beer and wine including Corona and Modelo, frozen drinks and products by Coca-Cola, the Zoo’s beverage partner. Guests can also relax and indulge in impressive charcuterie spreads at our Beer & Wine Garden. Foodies can take advantage of super savings with two different dining plan options to sip and taste – a Couple’s Sampler and a Friends & Family Sampler, available in advance online.

Sunset Celebration is every Friday and Saturday evening, June 23 through July 29, until 10 p.m. Event admission is included free with Zoo Membership, our ’pay for a day, come back all year’ program, or one-day admission on event days. Also, special after 4 p.m. tickets are only $22.95 on event days and are available online or at the front gate. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo gratefully acknowledges the generous sponsors who help make Sunset Celebration possible: Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union, Corona and Modelo. 

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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is featured among the “Top 25 Zoos in the U.S” by TripAdvisor (2015) and “10 Best Zoos in the U.S.” by Trekaroo (2015). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

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