There are animal mingles and chats happening throughout the day, and you can get up-close with some of your favorites like the Indian rhino, Aldabra tortoise, African penguin, African elephant, and even a Southern white rhino.

The encounters are definitely Instagram-worthy and an experience you & your little ones will never forget!

You can even get close to the animals on Expedition Africa, a behind-the-scenes safari experience through Safari Africa. On the tram, you’ll catch glimpses of Patas monkeys, Maribou stork, Okapi, and more! The best part? It’s included with your admission and runs regularly throughout the day!

It’s easy to see why the Zoo has been named one of the country’s most family-friendly zoos. The new water adventure, Roaring Springs, just opened and it’s a blast! There’s an entire town built around the three-story drop that includes a country store and diner, with great space for the kiddos to run around! Even the real little ones can get soaked on “Lookout Landing” as they watch the boats go by underneath them. Just outside of Roaring Springs is Wallaroo, which has several child-friendly rides and a splash pad for kids of all ages- don’t forget your bathing suit!

Of course- you can’t forget the petting Zoo! The area has several goats to feed and brushes for those who want to give the goats a little extra love. Whether it’s petting the goats, getting soaked at Roaring Springs, or experiencing the animal encounter of a lifetime- there’s something for the whole family at ZooTampa.

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