It's $5 day at the zoo Sunday
Load up the kids and get to the Lowry Park Zoo early on Sunday because the $5 Day at the Zoo deal only comes along a couple times a year and it’s hugely popular. The crowds are often three times their usual size because everyone gets in for $5 — instead of the usual $23.95 adult admission — on Sunday starting at 9:30 a.m. You still have to pay for extra for some rides and experiences, like feeding a giraffe or riding a camel that can cost $1 to $5 each.
You get lots of exotic animals, from penguins to tigers to manatees, but the kids can also have fun in the splash play area (wear water shoes).
What I have done is give each kid a set amount, $5-$10, and let them choose how to spend it. That usually ends up being one or two rides and one hand-feeding of a giraffe and then we move on to the exhibits. Even on a busy day like this you can see whatever you want, but prepare to be patient while waiting for the crowds to move on.
On our last visit there on a $5 day, the parking lot filled up so we had to park a couple blocks away and hoof it. When we got caught in a rainstorm going back to the car later, it made some of us think paying full price is worth it sometimes.
Lowry Park Zoo, is at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Phone: (813) 935-8552.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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