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Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is transforming into a world of winter wonder for our brand new Christmas in the Wild event! For 19 delightful nights, enjoy a merry and memorable evening with this unique, but traditional holiday event in the special setting of the Zoo at night. From the sights of stunning lights, the seasonal smells of holiday treats, the excitement of festive entertainment and the magic of wildlife at night, Christmas in the Wild will offer guests of all ages a uniquely immersive holiday experience.


Coming in 2017: Indulge in this all-new dine around event featuring wildly delicious cuisine paired with refreshing drinks and live entertainment.


Grab the whole family and step back in time to the Jurassic and Cretaceous Eras and share in the fun surrounded by life size animatronic dinosaurs. Guests can transport and immerse themselves in another time, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth.  Get up-close and personal with varying species of dinosaurs to take pictures, learn fun facts about how they lived, and maybe acquire a better appreciation of how we can help save present-day species of wildlife from extinction. Feast with Dino-sized food and drinks, or just enjoy this larger than life experience with the entire family.


For family time, or perhaps a date night; see the Zoo in a whole new light on select evenings at our Sunset Celebration! Stroll the Zoo as the sun sets and enjoy the wildlife, discover special experiences in scenic areas throughout the park - including live music performed by talented bands and a wide-range of roving entertainment. Relax at a secluded beer & wine garden, revel in our martini & sushi lounge, or just delight in this unique setting with varying and distinctive dining and refreshment offerings. Each fun-filled summer night will be topped off with a dazzling light show finale.


Creatures of the Night returns with a bigger and better event series for ghouls and goblins of all ages! Hoot, howl and hangout as the Zoo transforms into an eerie and immersive Halloween adventure for the whole family. Creatures and characters of a different variety emerge at dusk with spooky surprises around every corner. “A Halloween event that doubles as a date night.” There is no horror or gore, just spooks and startles for one and all!

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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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