On May 11, 2002 Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo introduced Wallaroo Station, a 4.5 acre Australian-themed family area, where thousands of families with young children have enjoyed an interactive Australian adventure. The hands-on, family-friendly features helped the Zoo secure top honors from two national parenting magazines: Parents, “10 Best Zoos,” (2009); and Child, “The 10 Best Zoos for Kids” (2004).
Earlier this week I took the kids to enjoy the newly remodeled Wallaroo Station. It was even more “Auss-ome” with new animals and upgraded amenities for both kids and parents to enjoy.
We’ve only been once before, but we noticed there were more water features in “The Billabong” splash ground. That was out primary reason for visitng. It gets so hot in Florida, and what better way to cool off than sitting in the shade while the little ones play.
Next door is Boomer’s Cafe: tons of seating available for parents with an expanded dining area with additional seats and shade canopies next to the water play area. Parents can sit and relax while keeping an eye on their kids playing nearby. The cafe is redesigned with “grab and go” food and beverage options, which makes grabbing lunch a breeze.
And for me the most exciting renovation was the new Mommy Center with baby-friendly features like cozy cushioned chairs, ottomans, and even a vending machine for baby necessities! The best part: it is completely shaded with fans! It’s a nice, open way to give moms a comfortable place to tend to their children without isolating them from all the fun.
There are a bunch of new animal to enjoy including a female Queensland koala named “Ceduna” (a mate for our male “Heathcliff”), “Bushland Birds” habitat with feathered friends and Fiji-banded iguanas, ponies on parade, and a goat show. We didn’t visit many animals as the water park wore us out, but the petting zoo is conveniently located close by so after changing we spent some time with the goats.
There are also completely new midway games and activities that include the NEW Lil Joey’s Caravan, Tasmanian Tiger Family Roller Coaster, Boomer’s Flyin’ Bananas, Outback Bumper Boats, and the Overland Express Kiddie Train. My oldest was too tall for some, and my youngest was too small to ride most. However, luckily they still wanted to ride the carousel twice before we were on our way.
We have plans to visit the zoo again this summer. There is just so much to in the kid area alone, it’s hard to pass up an afternoon of fun at Lowry Park Zoo. And now you can enjoy the Savings! Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo has offered to give my readers $3 off Zoo Admission! Click here to redeem.
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is operated by the Lowry Park Zoological Society, an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization committed to excellence in education, conservation and research. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and has been rated No. 1 by Parents magazine, “10 Best Zoos,” (2009) and Child magazine, “The 10 Best Zoos for Kids” (2004). The Zoo is located at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue in Tampa, one mile west of I-275 (exit 48) and is open seven days a week, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Parking is free. Visit www.LowryParkZoo.org or call (813) 935-8552 for information. Also find the Zoo on Facebook and Twitter.
Disclaimer: I received admission into the theme park above for free in exchange for my honest post based on my experience at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and Wallaroo Station. All stories and opinions are 100% my own. I shall not tell lies!