We were only going to stay the morning but we got there shortly after opening and stayed until just before closing. You easily can spend a whole day there and not be bored at all. Around every corner there is something wonderful to discover.
It was a toss up between the Florida Aquarium and this zoo to go to while here. After looking on the internet we decided that with FREE parking and more things to do at the Lowry Park Zoo, the zoo would be our choice. I am sure the aqaurium is wonderful but I am so happy we chose this zoo. It is also part of the Association of Zoo's and Aquariums so we got into this amazing zoo at 1/2 price with our membership to The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens.. We loved it so much that we felt like we ripped them off by paying half price! Regular admission is adults $23.95, children 3-11 $18.95, and kids under 3 are FREE. (we paid 1/2 of those prices) Did I mention this zoo also offers FREE PARKING?!!
This is the best laid out zoo I have ever been to in any county I have visited zoos in.
|The zoo is also a manatee hospital|
|Sierra demonstarting that this snapping turtle is waiting for food to swim |
by his mouth and then he will snap shut!
An area with frogs and snakes with a listening centre. Press the buttons to hear what the frog you are looking at sounds like,
And a huge sting ray tank which you can pay to feed them but we only put our hands in the water and had many sting ray swim close by us. The girls were both pretty good at using only 2 fingers to touch them. They are surprisingly squishy feeling!
After an inital ride on the coaster with Daddy Sierra was ready to ride over and over and over again all by herself.
|Aayla wanted to try it too but she was terrified and |
even though she wanted to go again...we said no!
The free 15 minute train ride took you through alot of the pens and very close to the back parts of others.
Or go to the play place right beside the water play area
You can pay to feed a few different animals throughout the park...for $1 you can feed Linda the Lama as she walks around the park but Sierra just got a picture beside her, you can feed the giraffes for $3 but we did that in Arizona at Out of the Wild so we didn't do that. We weren't going to pay $2 to feed the birds but they don't pay any attention to you when you walk through their habitat if you don't...so we paid $2 for a liquid drink for the birds and had huge success.
|Aayla was so happy to be able to ride. When Sierra goes to her lessons|
Aayla always cries that she wants a turn!
We had an amazing day and we KNOW you will too!
Ohh and we picked up a new pet at the zoo...I hope they don't mind we borrowed a grasshopper (perhaps a locust) for a few days. It's the biggest grasshopper I have ever seen! We are pleased to introduce to you...Hoppy! Yes Hoppy the second!