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Lowry Park Zoo – Creatures Of The Night

Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo – Creatures Of The Night is a brand new experience for the season. This is a fun and non-frightening celebration of Halloween.  Fridays and Saturdays, Oct 7 through the 29th. It’s included with an all-day admission ticket or pay $19.95 after 4pm. 

Lowry Park Zoo – Creatures Of The Night

Lowry Park Zoo - Creatures Of The Night

You will love this and so will your kids. You can visit scare zones, or encounter animals, or maybe dance the night away at a ghoulish party. Lowry Park says no horror or gore, just startles and scares.

Asia, Africa, and Primate worlds are now illuminated for night viewing. You’ll see animals lurking till 10pm., or shudder at the creepy, crawlies at the eerie canal. You can stop by Wolf Haven Village to scout for passing werewolves; or the Slither Swamp to check out the reptiles (don’t hang around too long); and for the littlest ones in the family, there’s a fall harvest with friendly farm animals.

Lowry Park Zoo - Creatures Of The Night

Photos courtesy of Lowry Park Zoo.

Dining at the Zoo includes seasonal items like pumpkin parfaits. Or older adventurers can visit the new beer garden.

Lowry Park Zoo – Creatures Of The Night has some rules.

***In particular, these items are prohibited: toy weapons, face masks, face paint, wigs, or costumes for anyone 12 or over.

I’m sure you know where the Lowry Park Zoo is but just in case, here’s a map.

Finally, This event is brought to you as a courtesy by Toni Weidman and the Weidman Team using information found online. Please contact the Zoo (website is above) for further information or questions. And have a great time when you go.

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Lowry Park Zoo – Creatures Of The Night

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Tampa Lowry Park Zoo Sunset Celebration

Tampa Lowry Park Zoo Sunset Celebration is a whole new way to celebrate summer at the Zoo.  Enjoy the sunset over the park and see wild animals after dark, have dinner at the Zoo. Sounds like a perfect date night.

Tampa Lowry Park Zoo Sunset Celebration.

In particular, illuminated entertainment,  end of the night musical tributes and a laser light show cap off the evening.  

When are the Sunset Celebrations? Fridays and Saturdays from July 8 – August 6. until 10 pm.
Members of Lowry Park Zoo have free admittance to Sunset Celebration. After 4 pm tickets are $19.95; valid on that date only.

At the present time, Single day admission tickets are $29.95 for adults, children 3-1 $22.95, children 2 and under are free. You can save $2.00 per ticket when you purchase on-line here.

With this in mind, how do you find the Zoo if you’re new to the area.  You can find directions here.
You can contact the zoo at 813-935-8553.

Tampa Lowry Park Zoo Sunset Celebration

In addition, get to know the Clouded Leopard Cubs Aiya and Shigu, born on February 29. Consequently, they are Animal ambassadors-in- training teaching visitors the needs and perils of this beautiful but rare animal.

“The Zoo has won many awards for conservation work. To support that work, the Zoo is equipped with unique, state-of-the-art facilities.  The David A. Straz, Jr. Manatee Hospital is the only nonprofit facility of its kind in the world, and our veterinary hospital is the first in a zoo to receive accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association.”(courtesy of the Lowry Park Zoo).

Learn more about the Zoo conservation initiatives.

Volunteer At The Zoo

Finally, a volunteer program can put you in the action at the Zoo.  Volunteers must be 15 years old, must complete a Volunteer Application, also a Release of Liability. Broken down by age, Adult Volunteers are 21+, student volunteers are 15+. 

In fact, I hope you take the time to visit Tampa Lowry Park Zoo. It is a fantastic place to take the kids and there is always something special going on.

Toni Weidman
Broker-associate
Florida Luxury, Trinity
727-237-0083

Tampa Lowry Park Zoo Sunset Celebration

What To Do In Tampa FL

What To Do In Tampa FL

What To Do In Tampa FLWhat To Do In Tampa FL when it’s raining.  Take a look at a past blue sky day. We are so used to our blue sky that we kind of take it for granted so when a gray day comes along there is always lots of moaning and groaning; especially on a weekend.

 

The sky is usually gloriously blue and it’s that way most of the time in Florida so don’t let today’s gray sky scare you. And there are lots of things to do inside.

What To Do In Tampa FL

We were at the University of Tampa when I took these pictures; it’s such a beautiful place to wander around in. I love to go there in December for the Christmas Stroll. Come on down to see Tampa and be sure to stop at some of the beautiful places.

The Tampa Bay History Center is at 801 Old Water  St., (813)228-0097. The Columbia Cafe is in the lobby.  Adults are $12.95; Seniors $10.95; Students $10.95, Children 4-12 $7.95; 3 and under Free. Open daily 10 am to 5 pm. The intersection of Old Water St. and Channelside Dr. will be closed for construction Aug. 10 – Sept. 30, 2015. Please allow extra travel time for your visit.

Tampa Firefighters Museum at 720 Zack Street. The building served as headquarters for the Tampa Fire Dept. until 1974 when the operation was moved across the street. The building presided over the 63 year transformation from horse-drawn apparatus to diesel-powered rescue and firefighting vehicles. A group of citizens began a 10 year project to raise the funds for the restoration of the building in order to preserve the history of the firefighters of Tampa, FL.

Founded by cigar manufacturers in the 1880’s, Ybor City is located northeast of downtown Tampa.  It was populated by immigrants from Spain, Cuba, and Italy and is one of Tampa’s historic neighborhoods and is a National Historic Landmark district. Here’s a link to the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce.

Lots to do in Tampa; we’ll cover more next time.

In the meantime, I live on the west coast of Florida; just west of Tampa. If you’re thinking of moving here; give me a call. To search homes in the area of Trinity, New Port Richey, and Tarpon Springs, click here.

Toni Weidman
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What To Do In Tampa FL

Hurricane Hunters -Our Heroes

Hurricane Hunters -Our Heroes. The Hurricane Hunters of Tampa FL have been flying into the eye of the storm since 1944.

We have a storm named Erika heading up our way from Cuba. It doesn’t look like it will be a major problem for us but the one thing I’ve learned living in Florida is that storms are not to be trusted. This one could tilt direction and be on top of us or out in the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll wait and see meantime we have these brave people on the Hurricane Hunters squad out there flying through the storm to check it out.

 Hurricane Hunters -Our HeroesThe 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron AKA: the Hurricane Hunters is still flying into tropical storms and hurricanes. What do they do in there when they fly into the storms? They measure wind, direction, velocity and, most important, barometric pressure inside the storm. Dropping barometric pressure cannot be determined by satellite weather detection; and is an important indicator of the gathering strength of the storm.

Hurricane Hunters -Our Heroes NOAA at MacDill AFB in Tampa uses two P-3s nicknamed Kermit and Miss Piggy and a G IV nicknamed Gonzo. This unit is based at MacDill AFB in Tampa and flies out daily when a storm is threatening.

 

A hurricane reconnaissance or research mission can last from Hurricane Hunters -Our Heroes8–10 hours. Once this data is received and checked by the crew, it is sent to the NOAA for analysis. Crew on board are pilots, navigators, engineers, technicians, and meteorologists

Take a cyberflight on a hurricane hunter from McDill AFB. Click here. All photos courtesy of the Hurricane Hunters website.

I just checked the weather again and it looks like this one is has fizzled but we’ll see. Thanks to the Hurricane Hunters for keeping us “in the know”.

Toni Weidman
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Tampa Zoo Back To School Splash

Tampa Zoo Back To School Splash! August 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A great day for the kids before they head back to school at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Visit the Billabong splash pad in Wallaroo Station where the kids can play games, enjoy snacks, and learn about back-to-school safety and health tips. 

As an extra added bonus, at Tampa Zoo Back To School Splash: with each full-priced adult admission purchased, two kids (ages 3-11) can get into the Zoo for Back to School Splash day. This offer is valid 8/22/15 only.


Tampa Zoo Back To School SplashDid you know you can adopt animals at the zoo? No, not to take home. Look into this symbolic adop tion. Click here for the website.

Come out and visit Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. It’s one of the most fun places in Tampa Bay, and it’s open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week with free parking. The Zoo is located at 1101 West Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604.  Click here for the website. You can sign up for their enewsletter and get a list of upcoming events each month. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo was voted the #1 zoo in America for Kids.  Thanks to Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo for the penquin pic.

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Zoominations Lowry Park Tampa

Zoominations Lowry Park Tampa

What’s Zoominations? It’s a Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights, and the cultural event of the season. Originally scheduled to end this month, it has been extended from June 3rd to June 28th. Wednesdays through Sundays at 7 pm.

Zoominations Lowry Park.

To get more information and see spectacular pictures of Zoominations, and to enjoy the gallery of spectacular photos, click here.

Zoominations Lowry Park Tampa

Don’t miss seeing this incredible display of Chinese Culture. Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo says; “A dazzling exhibition of colossal lanterns sprawling over 26 acres. It’s an unforgettable journey through the ancient Chinese art of lantern sculpture. Wander past giant glowing pandas, zebras and mythical creatures. Marvel at millions of LED lights and lanterns constructed in different styles and materials that range from silk to dinnerware. 

Lowry Park is at 1101 W. Sligh Avenue, Tampa, FL 33604. For directions, click here.

Zoominations Lowry Park Tampa

Photo courtesy of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo  – Zoominations

I can’t wait to see it.

Toni Weidman
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Strawberry Festival Plant City FL 2015

Strawberry Festival Plant City FL. If it’s Spring, it must be Strawberry Festival Time and it started yesterday and runs through March 8, 2015 on N.Lemon St. , Plant City, FL. Florida Strawberry Festival 2015.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-12, under 5 are free. Gates open at 10am and close at 10 pm.  Midway hours vary so be sure to check out their website, if that’s what you are going for, Florida Strawberry Festival 2015  You can read all about the events and schedules here.

Strawberry Festival Plant City FL

A bit of American Festival history, the Strawberry Festival  brings communities together to celebrate the harvest. The event started back in 1930 when the Plant City Lions Club was looking for an event to showcase the abundant strawberry harvest in the area. The Strawberry Festival has become one of the best festivals in the country and  now rates among one of the top 40 Fairs in North America.

Strawberry Festival entertainment gets more interesting every year. You can get tickets to see: John Legend,  Boyz II Men, Alabama, Bobby Vinton, and so many more. Check out the headliners here. And be sure to visit the Hershey Strawberry Tent for great treats. Be sure to enjoy a strawberry shortcake too.

 

Strawberry Festival Plant City FL 2015And, my personal favorite,  don’t forget to get out and cheer for your favorite Robinson’s Racing Pig and Paddling Porker. There are so many events and craft shows going on that you must check out the website, and make time to attend the Florida Strawberry Festival 2015. You will find directions and parking info on the website.

 Photo courtesy of Robinson’s Racing Pigs.

Want to have some Florida fun? Come out to the Strawberry Festival!

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