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Nov 09, 2017

ROARING SPRINGS SPLASHES INTO TAMPA'S LOWRY PARK ZOO

Families will discover a hidden part of Florida full of wildlife and thrilling adventure

Following an exciting, record year full of new unforgettable natural connections, signature animal encounters, and entertaining seasonal events, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is now excited to announce the zoo’s most thrilling expansion to date with the launch of Roaring Springs – a wild, new water adventure, presented by Pinch A Penny.

Roaring Springs will allow guests of all ages to discover a hidden part of Florida full of unexpected adventure and thrills. Explorers will board a boat and gently drift along a crystal-clear spring surrounded by native landscape and wildlife. The journey takes a sudden turn when the elevation drops. Guests will feel a rush of adrenaline as they experience a 3-story splashdown. The less adventurous can also revel in a rip-roaring splash on the Canopy Walk overseeing the attraction.

Roaring Springs will replace the former flume ride with a bigger and better water ride adventure for families to enjoy – a welcome and refreshing escape for the entire family from the Florida heat. The attraction is also the Zoo’s largest expansion in ten years.

The journey continues as guests get back to nature and see a hidden part of Florida that remains untouched - a Florida that requires no filter. The area will combine old Florida charm with a nod to the original Florida cracker way of life. Explorers will catch a glimpse of black bears, alligators, panthers, Key deer and other native species as they trek along the winding Florida Trail. Along with the water ride, the Zoo’s Florida region will receive new, fresh upgrades expanding the Zoo’s capacity to provide vital care, rescue and rehabilitation to threatened native wildlife throughout the state.

 “Part of our mission is to create exceptional, personalized experiences that connect people with wildlife and each other in fun, immersive ways,” said the Zoo’s CEO, Joe Couceiro. “Roaring Springs will provide a thrill for guests while the future expansion of the Florida Region improves the Zoo’s capacity to care and protect Florida Wildlife. With these enhancements, the evolution of the Zoo continues and I am proud to lead the Zoo into the future.”

In addition to Roaring Springs, in 2018 the Zoo will also feature various fun seasonal events as well as new up-close animal encounters and signature behind the scenes experiences.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo will continue to offer tremendous values on Zoo Memberships, featuring unique free guest privileges on Individual, Dual or Family memberships. Memberships offer unlimited admissions to the Zoo and all seasonal events for 12 full months from date of purchase, free preferred parking, discounts on dining, shopping, tours, and education programs, and free or discounted admissions to over 150 zoos and aquariums in the USA. 

The Zoo will also be bringing back the very popular “Pay-for-a-Day and Get-Rest-of-Year-Free” offer. For the price of a single-day adult or child admission, guests can come back to visit free as often as they wish through Dec. 31, 2018. Guests who buy early will get the rest of 2017 and all of 2018 FREE.  All for the price of a single day admission - $34.95 adults and $25.95 children (ages 3-11).  Some blockout dates apply.

Guests who purchase memberships or admissions to the Zoo are helping to support the zoo’s mission to protect and preserve wildlife. For more information on ticket pricing and benefits visit the website at tlpz.org/tickets.  

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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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