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Birthday Parties

Everyone can have a wild birthday at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo!

Adults can celebrate their birthdays at the Zoo too! Click HERE for more information.

General Guidelines

Ask your guests to arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled party time. This will ensure they arrive on time. Your instructor will meet your guests and escort them to the party room.

The Zoo does not provide a birthday cake or food. You may bring your own birthday cake and/or food to your 1.5-hour party in the Zoo School. When the party is over we ask that you bring the gifts and leftover food/cake to your car.



If you want to give goodie bags to your guests this must be done when you exit the Zoo. This is for the safety of the animals.

There is a $150.00 non-refundable deposit to hold your date and time (deposit is applied towards your final payment).

Full payment is required 2 weeks in advance. If payment is not received by this time your party will be cancelled.

Advance notification of participants is required. If on the day of the party, your number of participants goes over the pre-determined amount, the next price range will apply.

Birthday Parties

A birthday party at the Zoo is an event your friends, like elephants, will never forget!

Parties are scheduled Saturdays and Sundays from 10-11:30 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.

Included In Party:

Animal Encounter

Private animal demonstration with 3 to 4 of our Animal Ambassadors.

Admission into the Zoo

Upon completion of the party all participants are welcome to enjoy the Zoo. Operating hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Room rental at the Zoo School for 1.5 hours which includes time for play on the playground area or self-instructed activities in the room in the case of inclement weather. You may also open presents if you choose.

Party Room Decorations

water & lemonade

Party Supplies

candles, paper plates, forks, spoons, napkins & cups

Time for play on the playground area or self-instructed activities in the room in the case of inclement weather. You may also open presents if you choose.

Zoo Gift
A gift for the birthday child.

Free Downloaded Invitation
Sent via e-mail


Party Favors
Each child attending the party will receive a voucher for a complimentary goat feeding in the Petting Zoo for daytime parties and glow necklaces for ZooBoo and Wild Wonderland parties.

For more information and to organize your party, call (813) 935-8552 ext. 268.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What kinds of animals are available for the "animal encounter"?

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 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.

2. Can the children 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 the children touch it.

3. How much does the party cost?
The cost of the party is based upon how many people will be attending (adults and children ages 3 & older COMBINED). See the table above for a full list of rates.


Head count includes children and adults. Children 2 and under are free.

Up to 10 participants: $230.00
11-20 participants: $300.00
21-30 participants: $370.00
31-40 participants: $510.00
41-50 participants: $580.00
51-60 participants: $650.00

Head count includes children and adults.
Children 2 and under are free.

Up to 10 participants: $260.00
11-20 participants: $330.00
21-30 participants: $400.00
31-40 participants: $540.00
41-50 participants: $610.00
51-60 participants: $680.00
Birthday Party Add-Ons

Face Painting
Add some extra color and charm to your party with a face painting artist. Let the kids’ imagination run wild with designs including beautiful butterflies, scary monsters, exotic animals and more!

1-20 children: $175
21-40 children: $250
41-60 children: $300
*$50 fee if cancelled 2 weeks or less before the party date

Let us take one thing off your plate as you plan your birthday party…the food! Just let us know how many, what topping and we’ll bring the pizza to your party hassle- and worry-free! Each large, 14” pizza is cut into 10 slices and will feed 4-5 people.

$10 per large, 1-topping pizza

Did you have a WILD birthday party at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo?

Let us know how we did!
Please click HERE to fill out a short survey about your experience.
Thank you.
Fun for kids of all ages, slumber parties offer an exciting new perspective on Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Perfect for birthdays, special occasion gatherings, school groups, scouts, clubs and organizations. Themes are adjusted to be age appropriate for your group.

Sleepovers include:

  • Up-close encounters with animals
  • Behind-the-scenes tour
  • Pizza snack & light breakfast
  • Theme - specific activities/crafts

Program Information:

• Ages 5 through adult
• $35 per participant (1 free chaperone per 10 participants)
• Minimum of 15 participants or flat rate of $525
• Schedule 1 month in advance.


Extend Your Stay:

Extend your visit and stay the day after your sleepover at the Zoo! Enjoy a guided in-Zoo tour from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and then your group may spend the rest of the day in the Zoo on their own.

Additional fee: $10 per child & $14 per adult.

For more information and to schedule a sleepover, call (813) 935-8552 ext. 268.


African Safari
Take a nighttime safari through dense forests and wide-open savannas to discover some of the animals of this mysterious continent.

Manatee Rescue
Join the Zoo’s efforts to help save the manatees. Learn about our unique rescue facilities and spend the night side by side with our incredible gentle giants in the air conditioned Manatee Building.

Nocturnal Adventures
Experience life as an animal of the night! Find out who comes out when the sun goes down as you stalk and slither your way through the Zoo to see nocturnal animals in action.

Rainforest Adventures
Did you know rainforests are home to over half the species of plants and animals in the world? Trek through the Zoo to meet some of the inhabitants of this diverse and delicate ecosystem and join the quest to save this important resource.

Want the sleepover experience without having to stay the night? Try our Twilight Tours!

Experience the Zoo after the sun goes down. Bring your flashlight for the best view as you enjoy a guided hike through the Zoo, go behind-the-scenes to see the workings of our world class manatee hospital, and have an up-close encounter with some of our Animal Ambassadors. Your evening will also include a pizza snack and soda.

Program Information:

• Ages 5 through adult
• 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
• $20 per adult, $15 per child
• Minimum of 10 participants or flat rate of $150
• Minors must be accompanied by a paying adult.
• Schedule 2 weeks in advance.


For more information and to schedule a Twilight Tour, call (813) 935-8552 ext. 268.



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