November 10, 2017

Roaring Springs Splashes Into Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

Following an exciting record year full of new unforgettable natural connections, signature experiences, and entertaining seasonal events, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is excited to announce the Zoo’s most thrilling expansion to date with the launch of Roaring Springs – a wild, new water adventure, presented by Pinch A Penny.

Roaring Springs will allow guests of all ages to discover a hidden part of Florida full of adventure and thrills. Explorers will board a boat and gently drift along a crystal-clear spring, surrounded by native landscape and wildlife. The journey takes a sudden turn when the elevation drops. Guests will feel a rush of adrenaline as they experience a 3-story splashdown. The less adventurous can revel in a rip-roaring splash on the Canopy Walk, overseeing the attraction.

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Roaring Springs will replace the former flume ride with a bigger and better water ride adventure for families to enjoy – a welcome and refreshing escape from the Florida heat. The attraction is also the Zoo’s largest expansion in ten years.

The journey continues as guests get back to nature and see a hidden part of Florida that remains untouched – a Florida that requires no filter. The area will combine Florida charm with a nod to the original Florida cracker way of life. Explorers will catch a glimpse of black bears, alligators, panthers, Key deer and other native species as they trek along the winding Florida Trail. Along with the water ride, the Zoo’s Florida region will receive new upgrades expanding the Zoo’s capacity to provide care, rescue and rehabilitation to threatened wildlife.

“Part of our mission is to create exceptional, personalized experiences that connect people with wildlife and each other in fun, immersive ways,” said the Zoo’s CEO, Joe Couceiro. “Roaring Springs will provide a thrill for guests while the future expansion of the Florida Region improves the Zoo’s capacity to care for and protect Florida Wildlife. With these enhancements, the evolution of the Zoo continues and I am proud to lead the Zoo into the future.”

In addition to Roaring Springs, the Zoo will feature various fun seasonal events, new up-close animal encounters and signature experiences. Guests who purchase memberships or admissions are helping support the Zoo’s mission to protect and preserve wildlife. For information, visit