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Best Day to Visit Tampa Zoo | Easily Explained

In this page we'll go over the best day to visit ZooTampa, the best time of the day to visit, the best season to visit & even an underrated season to visit along with reasons why.

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Best Day to Visit

The best days to visit ZooTampa at Lowry Park are Monday-Wednesday. In general, almost all weekdays are always great options, as the park historically holds lower crowds in this timeframe.

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Out of state visitors usually arrive on Thursdays, stay for the weekend, and then leave on a Monday. Additionally, most of the locals are in school or working during the weekdays!

By going to the parks on Monday-Wednesday, you'll be able to avoid most of the crowds that can fill up the park quickly.

This means less waiting in lines, and more experiencing the actual park.

Best Time of Day to Visit

As soon as the park opens! ZooTampa normally opens at 9:30 am. Ideally you'd arrive 20-30 minutes before opening.

Most zoos take a few hours to fill up, and this gives you the perfect chance to head straight to your favorite exhibits and rides while dealing with minimal crowds.

Double check the ZooTampa hours prior to planning your visit.

Best Season to Visit

Spring can be a great season to visit due to the cooler weather and lighter crowds. Ideally in May, right before any holidays such as spring break and memorial day weekend.


This will allow you to avoid having to deal with the spring breakers, while still taking advantage of all of the perks that the season provides.

Underrated Season to Visit

Fall is a very underrated season to visit as the summer weather has cooled off, and so has the humidity.

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The ideal time to visit during fall is in November prior to Thanksgiving (ZooTampa is closed on Thanksgiving so plan accordingly).

The Halloween crowds will have ended, and the Thanksgiving crowd will not have started yet. It's the perfect 'down-time' to visit the park as it's traditionally one of the slower times of the year.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does it Take to Walk Through the Tampa Zoo?

On average, plan for 3 hours to be able to walk through the entire zoo. It may be longer if you're traveling with a family and/or decide to eat at the zoo, but 3 hours is a safe bet.

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