While we won't quite agree that it's cool in the evening, it's definitely cooler than it is in the daytime, particularly if there's been an afternoon shower. That makes Friday an excellent time to go to Lowry Park Zoo. The Summer Safari Event, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., offers live entertainment while you visit your favorite critters. There will also be a Birds of Prey show at 7, a Reptile Encounter show at 7:30, and all restaurants, gift shops and beer/wine stands will be open.
Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. $7 adult, $5 for ages 3-11, free for children 2 and younger; members free. Call (813) 935-8552.