Tampa Zoo And Other Family Activities

lion resting in shade

Looking to take a day trip up I-75 to Tampa with the kids? Sounds like a fun time! As you probably already know, ZooTampa at Lowry Park makes for an exciting excursion for families from Sarasota, Tampa and beyond. Plus, ZooTampa has a bevy of events on the calendar at all times, so there’s always something to do. And if that isn’t enough to keep everyone entertained, the Tampa-lovers here at Cox Mazda have some other family activities we highly recommend!

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

ZooTampa’s at Lowry Park’s mission is simple: they strive to rescue, rehabilitate, and care for animals. The byproduct? Exceptional experiences for visitors! Emphasizing endangered and vulnerable species, ZooTampa’s wildlife habitats are enhanced through random animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, and other unforgettable happenings.

Recurring Events

  • Toddler Tuesdays: Story time, games, sing-a-alongs, arts, and animals!
  • Zoo University: Rotating educational events hosted by the zoo. Subjects include recycling dos and don’ts, food waste and biodigesters, and sustainable transportation.
  • Yoga in the Wild: In September, rejuvenate your body and mind with Yoga in the Wild. Beginners and advanced yogis alike are welcome.

Ongoing Adventures

  • African Elephant Backstage
  • African Penguin Backstage
  • Aldabra Tortoise Encounter
  • Indian Rhino Feeding
  • And more!

Glazer Children’s Museum

Glazer Children’s Museum in Tampa is a nonprofit organization that endeavors to create a bright future for the community fueled by imagination. The museum combines play and education to foster an interactive learning environment. Highlights include the ArtSmart room, which encourages painting and dancing; the Cruiseship, which allows kids to become sailors and search for treasure; and the Engineers’ Workshop, which appeals to the little inventors in your life.

Busch Gardens

This 335-acre theme park is an African-themed and one of the biggest attractions in the area. The nine rollercoasters on the premises ensure adventure, assuming that’s your sort of thing. The Tigris is Florida’s tallest launch roller coaster and boasts a 150-foot skyward surge, and the Cobra’s Curse has a 70-foot vertical lift brings riders face-to-face with a 30,000-pound snake king! Busch Gardens also has 200 species of animals for those adverse to going upside down at high speeds. From rhinos to sloths and cheetahs, animal lovers won’t be bored at Busch Gardens!

Reach Out to Cox Mazda, Your Adventure Experts!

We love selling Mazda cars, but we know quite a bit about fun activities for the family around the Bradenton, Palmetto, and Tampa areas. If you’re looking for a new way to spend your weekend, feel free to contact us to hear some more suggestions. We’d love to tell you about our favorite fall activities in Bradenton. Or if you’re looking for a new family ride to take on trips to Tampa, come by to test drive a Mazda CX-3 SUV or Mazda3 4-Door Sedan.

Want to get away from the kids for once? Check out our date night ideas in Tampa!

More from Cox Mazda


    When you need a stylish and savvy SUV for your daily drives through Sarasota, then you’re likely curious about the Mazda CX-5. After all, it offers the comfort, connectivity, and convenience you need for your everyday drives through Sarasota. But does the new Mazda CX-5 towing capacity offer the power you need? Our team at…

  • 2020 MAZDA CX-9 Towing Capacity

    When you’re looking for advanced capability without sacrificing efficiency, then you’ll likely be curious about the new Mazda CX-9. While it offers impressive efficiency, it can help you tow a substantial amount! Whether you’re bringing along a boat or a tent trailer to your destination, the 2020 Mazda CX-9 towing capacity and additional features can…


    Drivers from Sarasota to Brandon are excited about the upscale features and impressive performance of the Mazda CX-5. But just what is the 2020 Mazda CX-5 gas mileage? Our team at Cox Mazda is ready to help you learn more about how a new Mazda CX-5 can help you spend less time at the gas station…

Saved Vehicles ×


You don't have any saved vehicles!

Look for this link on your favorites:


Once you've saved some vehicles, you can view them here at any time.

Contact Us ×


(941) 749-2790

Call Now


(941) 749-2701

Call Now


(941) 749-2727

Call Now

3101 CORTEZ ROAD WEST • Bradenton, FL 34207

Get Directions

Today's Hours:

Open Today! Sales: 8am-8pm

Open Today! Service: 7am-5:30pm

Cox Mazda

3101 CORTEZ ROAD WEST Bradenton, FL

Phone: (941) 749-2790



Phone: (941) 749-2790

3101 CORTEZ ROAD WEST Bradenton, FL


Phone: (941) 749-2701

3101 CORTEZ ROAD WEST Bradenton, FL
27.4618091 -82.5926101
Cox Mazda 27.4618091, -82.5926101.