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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to host an event?

The cost to host an event and/or party is based on how many people will be attending, what type of menu you select, and a variety of other details. Please contact our event planning team to help you prepare a budget.

What other events can I have at the zoo?

From social and corporate events to weddings, birthday parties, Quinceañeras and bar/bat mitzvahs, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is a unique location for events with our rustic nature and décor that stand out from the rest. Where else can your guests have an unobstructed view looking out onto the African Savana, home to our giraffes, zebras and elephants while enjoying a private party? Located just minutes from Downtown Tampa, the Zoo is easily accessible from I-275 and near many hotels in the area. Expect beautiful, natural settings with views of animals and fountains, and climate-controlled indoor facilities.

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has the experience and space to host a wide variety of events, including:

What is included in a Room Rental Fee?

  • Tables
  • Chairs
  • Glassware, Flatware, and China
  • Standard Linen Tablecloths and Napkins

Some special events, such as weddings, include additional services. Please contact the event planning team at (813) 935-5662 ext. 421 for more details.

Is there a food and beverage minimum?

No, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo does not require a food and beverage minimum for room rentals.

What is required to secure a date?

Typically, a $200.00 Save the Date Deposit is required to secure the room and date. Once a contract is submitted, a 50% deposit is required with the returned signed contract. The $200 Save the Date Deposit is then applied to the balance due.

Kids’ birthday parties require a $150 Save the Date Deposit which is applied to the balance due.

Does Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo offer direct billing?

No, all events must be paid in full one week prior to the event start date. Kids’ birthday parties require payment two weeks in advance.

Can I provide my own florist, entertainment, props, etc.?

Yes, you can bring in your own resources. We are happy to provide you with contact information for vendors that we have worked with on past events, or you can work with your own.

For Kids’ Birthday Parties held in the Zoo School, you are welcome to bring in your own food and cake. For the safety of our animals, outside food cannot be brought into the Zoo itself after the event.

For events held inside the Zoo, our professional catering team will provide the food and beverages.

What kinds of animals are available for the "animal encounter" during birthday parties?

We have a wide variety of Animal Ambassadors from our ZooVentures collection that may be available for your birthday party. These include reptiles and amphibians such as snakes, skinks, and turtles. We also have a variety of birds, such as parrots and owls, as well as a variety of mammals, such as a rabbit, an armadillo, and an opossum. We are unable to guarantee any individual animal. Please note that animals, like people, sometimes have a bad day and on these days they will not be available for parties.

Can the children and guests hold the animals?

No, the instructor is the only person who can hold the animals. They will, however, let everyone see it up close and depending on the animal, let children touch it.

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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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