TOURS WITH TINYSAURUS REX: LOWRY PARK ZOO
Images and Text By Clair Flaherty
Hey there, guys and gals! It’s Tinysaurus Rex again. Today’s tour will take you to the Lowry Park Zoo, located in Tampa, FL. Zoos are a great place for people and dinos from all walks of life and of all ages. Let’s take a look around!
The front walkway of the zoo is a canopy of awesome. The music that plays gives you the feeling of being a big game hunter, entering the jungle. You know right away that this place is going to be great.
Once you get inside the zoo, the first thing you’ll come across is a really cool manatee statue. The zoo also has manatees further into the zoo with hilarious, musician-themed names like “Buoyance” and “Pinellas Ice”. If that doesn’t make you want to visit the zoo right now, I honestly don’t know what will.
To the right of the manatee statue, you’ll find the aviary. This place is essentially an all-you-can-eat buffet for dinos. There are birds absolutely everywhere, and if you get there early enough, you can see the handlers feeding all the birds little dishes of fish.
Right around the corner, there is an entire section of the zoo dedicated to things kids like, called Wallaroo Station! There are wallabies, emus, dingos, bats and a petting zoo full of goats and horses! There is also a small restaurant here. Sadly, they don’t serve goat. Apparently, kids prefer French fries.
Outside of the kid’s section is a merry-go-round. Now, the Internet has much debate as to whether there is a difference between the term “merry-go-round” and “carousel”, but there doesn’t seem to be a consensus. Some say that one has a mix of many animals, while the other has only horses. Others say that one turns clockwise, while the other turns counter-clockwise. None of these claims seem to have any factual support. (And that was your random, slightly unrelated rant of the day!)
Continuing around the zoo, you’ll come across a variety of animals. Some of my favorites were the meerkats, the penguins and the cheetah! However, if for some reason you can only go to see one animal in the whole zoo, I highly recommend the giraffes. Not only can you see them wandering around looking all kinds of majestic, but you can feed them lettuce! YAY! This was seriously the best experience of my entire life. I essentially kissed a giraffe. I’m pretty sure we’re dating now.
To commemorate your visit to the zoo, you can take pictures at one of the designated picture spots or buy something from one of the gift shops! There are also a few statues aside from the manatee statue up front that you can take pictures with. I chose to hang out in the gift shops to escape from the Florida heat. There were figurines, gemstones and stuffed animals. There was even a bin of toy alligators that agreed to be in my new barbershop quartet.
Keep in mind that this is just a brief overview of all the awesome stuff you can do at the Lowry Park Zoo. Every March, the zoo even holds an event called Dino-Nites, which is full of gigantic animatronic dinosaurs that freaking glow in the dark! So, if you can’t see everything in one visit, you can totally come back again to see the rest.
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