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An Insider's Guide To Dinos Alive!

Mar 01, 2017

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They’re baaack! For the first time in 65 million years, dinosaurs have taken over Tampa Bay and are roaming the Zoo every day! Get up-close and personal with varying species of dinosaurs that move, roar and interact with you. Check out these tricero-tips to make your visit dino-mite!


1. Miss the Crowds
Get to the Zoo early for optimal parking, less lines and minimal crowd! Let your mini-paleontologist soak in all the dinos with no hassle.

2. Meet "Priscilla"
A juvenile T-Rex is randomly roaming the perimeter of Prehistoric Park - be on your toes, she may surprise you! 

3. A Carnivore and Omnivore's Delight

The Grille formerly known as "Garden Grille" is now the "Dino Grille" - presented by Coca Cola Beverages Florida. Satisfy your cretaceous cravings with a brand new menu just for Dinos Alive! featuring the Meteor Meatloaf, T-Rex-a-Dilla, and a Jurassic Feast that will feed an entire ravenous family! 
(BONUS TIP: Members receive a discount on dining - nom nom nom!)


4. Nose-to-Horn Encounter
Get an up-close, unforgettable experience with a Greater one-horned rhino, commonly known as an Indian Rhino - a rare species vulnerable to extinction. During this once-in-a-lifetime experience, guests will feed and learn about this incredible species. A Zoo photographer will capture this interaction, don’t forget to use #tlpz!
(BONUS TIP: Book in advance to ensure your spot)
(EXTRA BONUS TIP: Zoo members receive a discount on the encounter - score!)


5. Pterodactyls Backpacks, Dino Night Lights, and T-Rex Slippers? Yes, please!
Visit the Outpost, our brand-new gift shop - with dino-themed EVERYTHING, you'll find the perfect gift for the paleontologist protege in your family! 
(BONUS TIP: Members receive a discount on retail purchase - woo hoo!)

6. Green Screen Fun! 

Make sure you stop by the Expedition Photo green screen at the entrance of Dinos Alive! The crazier and more animated your poses the better! You'll be roaring with laughter when you pick up your photos at the end of your adventure!


7. Birds are dinosaurs....Whaaaat?
The daily Bird of Prey show is revamped just for Dinos Alive! Learn how these birds are the closest living relative to dinosaurs. And watch your head as these birds fly right over you!

8. Fossil Fun 
Mini-Paleontologists will be living the dream with fun activities like a fossil dig, a build-a-saurus area and a Dino Discovery Theatre! We also have REAL dinosaur fossils and artifacts in the paleontologist tent - woah. 

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9. Extended Hours = More Dino Fun! 

The Zoo will be open for extended hours in March and April, visit the homepage for daily times! 

10. Feast with the Beasts

Your taste buds are about to go WILD! Feast with the Beasts is an all-new beer, wine, spirits & food festival. Indulge in unlimited samplings from the hottest restaurants in Tampa Bay and enjoy beverages from open bars. Feasters get exclusive access to Dinos Alive! The Feast commences April 1-2, purchase tickets here!
(BONUS TIP: Zoo members get a special deal on Feast with the Beasts tickets - take me to the Feast!)


11. MEGA TIP:  Come Back Again and Again
It would take more than one day to fully experience Dinos Alive! Zoo members have unlimited access with NO blockout dates! 

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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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