Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

    Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Is One of the Nation's Most Family-Friendly Parks

    By Larry Elliston

    As you walk through the entrance to Lowry Park Zoo, you'll likely find children playing in the iconic manatee fountain beside an aviary housing exotic birds and zookeepers introducing visitors to some of their animal friends — and you'll realize this is a place that strikes a perfect balance between fun, education and preservation. The animals here are from around the world and across Florida. Visit a baby elephant in the back of the park, ride a merry-go-round and a log flume ride and visit one of the most important manatee research and rescue facilities on Florida's west coast. It's often recognized as one of the nation's most family-friendly zoos, and you and your young ones won't leave disappointed.