Getting to the Zoo is Easy!
The Zoo is conveniently located off Exit #48 on I-275, in the Tampa Bay area and is easily accessible by private and public transportation.
- From the East (Orlando & Atlantic Coast): Take I-4 West to I-275 North, Exit 48 (Sligh Ave).
- From the North: Take I-75 South to I-275 South, Exit 48 (Sligh Ave).
- From the South: Take I-75 North to I-4 West to I-275 North, Exit 48 (Sligh Ave).
- From the West (Gulf Beaches): Take I-275 North, Exit 48 (Sligh Ave).
- GET DIRECTIONS
1101 West Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604-5958
The Zoo is serviced by HART Bus Routes 41 and 45.
SPECIAL NEEDS & ASSISTANCE
The Zoo’s Visitor Service staff is pleased to assist guests requiring special assistance to ensure an enjoyable experience. Please contact a supervisor in advance of your visit by email or at 813-935-8552 ext. 250.
The Zoo’s pathways, facilities and exhibits are designed to provide all visitors an enjoyable experience. Our front parking lot, entryway and walkways are enhanced to provide easy navigation for all of our guests.
All of the Zoo’s restaurants have wheelchair-accessible entrances. Family restrooms, which accommodate wheelchairs or companions, are located adjacent to the Garden Grille restaurant (near the front gate), Wallaroo Station and the Safari Africa plaza.
Reserved spaces are available for disabled guests in the front lot, with ramp accessibility to the main entrance. On days of peak visitation, when the designated spaces are full, Zoo parking lot security will try to assist vehicles carrying disabled guests.
WHEELCHAIRS & EVCs
A limited quantity of manual wheelchairs and ECVs are available for rent inside the Zoo on a first come, first served basis. Due to the popularity of these rentals, we are unable to guarantee availability or reserve equipment. Rental fee plus a held photo ID as a deposit are required to rent a manual or electric wheelchair. Personal wheelchairs or ECVs are welcome inside the Zoo.
To ensure that every child can enjoy the water play areas, the Zoo has aqua chairs (waterproof wheelchairs) available free of charge.
- Non-Motorized Wheelchair $10.00 per day
- ECVs (Motorized Wheelchairs) $25.00 per day
- Aqua Chairs (Waterproof Wheelchairs) Free
The Zoo offers the rental of strollers on a first come, first served basis. Due to the popularity of our rentals, we are unable to guarantee availability and/or reserve equipment.
Rental fee plus a held photo ID as a deposit are required to rent a stroller.
- Single Strollers $8.56 per day
- Double Strollers $10.70 per day
The Zoo has established a partnership with the Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD) at USF to improve our capacity to serve children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities. As a result, the Zoo has been designated an “autism friendly business.”
The Zoo has visual aids and “tool-kits” available at the front gate, which contain supplies and small toys, which can be borrowed at the guest’s request for assistance.
We are happy to provide an Autism-friendly version of the Zoo map. Please see any front gate ticket window for a copy or print below and plan at home before your visit.
We are pleased to offer “Scripted Stories” to assist with your Zoo Visit. The social experience stories are to help parents, teachers and other caregivers prepare guests with autism for their visit to the Zoo. The stories help to minimize sensory issues they may encounter or difficulties understanding rules and unexpected experiences. It is suggested that you review the stories prior to the visit to the zoo. The story booklets are available at the Zoo, just ask a staff member for details.
The Zoo welcomes trained service animals, provided that the animals remain properly leashed and controlled. For the health and safety of the Zoo’s animals, personal pets are not permitted. The Zoo does not offer pet boarding facilities.
Please click here for the Zoo's complete Service Animal Policy.
With at least two weeks advance notice, a Sign Language interpreter may be available to enhance your visit to the Zoo. To inquire about scheduling an interpreter, please contact Guest Services via email or call 813-935-8552 and press zero (0) to reach a representative.
Gluten-free menu options are also available at Zoo restaurants upon request. Please ask a Food and Beverage team member for assistance.