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Hey #Tampa Visit the new Wallaroo Station at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo and get a discount

Receive a $3 discount!

See my review here!

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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 year, Wallaroo Station temporarily closed for remodeling – the first significant updating of this award-winning attraction in its 13 year history. Newly re-opened for spring, guests to the “new Wallaroo” can expect this Aussie area to be even more “Auss-ome” with new animals and upgraded amenities, including:

* a female Queensland koala named “Ceduna” (a mate for our male “Heathcliff”);

* “Bushland Birds” habitat with feathered friends and Fiji-banded iguanas;

* more water features in “The Billabong” splash ground;

* redesigned cafe with “grab and go” food and beverage;

* expanded dining area with additional seats and shade canopies;

* a new nursing mothers area with baby-friendly features;

* a new and fun ride for young children – Lil’ Joeys Caravan;

* new midway games and activities;

* ponies on parade (twice daily) and a goat show; and

* livestock training demonstrations with ponies and llamas.

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EXPLORE

Take a trip to the “Land of Oz” and visit a variety of animals of Australia and its neighbors including koala, wallabies, cockatoos, emu, singing dogs and flying fox bats. Help welcome the newest Aussie additions – a female Queensland koala named “Ceduna,” colorful birds and Fiji-banded iguanas, and take a walkabout with the wallabies in their walk-thru exhibit. The petting area features a herd of friendly goats that children can brush, pet and feed. Adjacent to the petting area, families can step into a barn that houses Haflinger horses and llamas. Don’t miss the new daily pony parade, goat show and livestock training demonstrations!

PLAY

The newly upgraded “Billabong” water play area takes kids “down under” to an interactive splash zone with in-ground fountains and free standing water features. Try your hand at new midway games with the chance to win prizes and souvenirs, or go mining for gems and fossils at the new Hopper’s Mining Company.

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RIDE

Children can take a spin on one of five fun rides: the NEW Lil Joey’s Caravan, Tasmanian Tiger Family Roller Coaster, Overland Express Kiddie Train, Boomer’s Flyin’ Bananas and Outback Bumper Boats.

REFRESH

Parents can enjoy added shade while their little joeys cool off in the water play area. Next door is Boomer’s Cafe, a redesigned grab-and-go restaurant offering a variety of freshly prepared foods and drinks. A “mommy center,” designed for nursing mothers, provides shade and privacy for infants and caregivers.

About Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

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.

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Zoominations Chinese Lantern and Light Festival at Tampa Lowry Park Zoo

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When I saw the advertisement of Zoominations, I was immediately drawn to it and was memorized by the lights. I NEEDED to go see this light festival. The festival is showing until May. I found a way to see it cheaper than the gate price. I wouldn’t be “Freebie Chick” if I saw it at full price right? I saw a deal on Livingsocial, buy 1 Adult and 1 Youth ticket for $24.95. It’s like buy one get one free.

If you want to check to see if they have that deal still (or any deals), you can get a free $10 Deal Bucks if you sign up for Livingsocial here!

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Zoominations has an option to add-on a Asian buffet dinner show with Chinese entertainment for $20 extra per person per ticket.  We did not do the dinner show so we got into Zoominations before dark, around 6:15 PM. The festival was of course lighted, but you couldn’t really tell how beautiful it all was until it got dusk. When it got dark, the festival REALLY begun. The lights popped against the dark black sky. You could see lights everywhere you looked. From Panda bears, to Chinese Dragons, there was a display for everyone to enjoy.

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I walked around the exhibit during the day and then at night. If you watch my video, you can see how most everything looks during the day and then compared at night. My favorite area lit up was the water display, called “Fish Frolic in Lotus Pond”. I also enjoyed the adorable Panda’s! Okay, actually the whole Zomminations was amazing. The pictures and video won’t do it justice. You have to go see this yourself!

There are 30 different kinds of light decorations.  You will get a map to show you the route.  Here are all the different light and lantern displays you can see.

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To see a larger view, just click the picture

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There is also two shows which showcase Chinese acrobats like, juggling, hula hooping, and neck swinging. I doubt those are the correct terminology of these feats, but they all were entertaining.  The showtimes are at 7 and 9 PM in front of the Temple of Heaven.

The only ride that is open is the Carousel ride.  There were no animals to view, although we saw a Anoa watching people walk by.

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At the gate at Tampa Lowry Park Zoo Zoominations prices are as follows:

Adults (12-59) – $24.95
Seniors (60+) – $22.95
Youth (3-11) – $19.95
Children (0-2) – FREE

It’s open from February 28th, 2015 – May 31st, 2015
Sunday – Thursday from 6 -10 PM, Friday and Saturday from 6- 11 PM.

EXTENDED THROUGH JUNE 28
May hours: 6-10PM Sun-Thurs | 6-11PM Fri & Sat
June hours: 7-10PM Wednesdays through Sundays

Remember to check Livingsocial or Groupon first to see if there is a deal out there!  That’s how I got my tickets cheaper!

 

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