See Dinos at Lowry Park Zoo through May 1, 2011

Brachiosaurus - Source: Lowry Park Zoo

Brachiosaurus - DinoQuest at Lowry Park Zoo through May 1, 2011

I totally dig dinosaurs (remember my visit to Dinosaur World in Plant City, Fla., this past  January? ) so I’m so excited I’ll be checking out the DinoQuest exhibit at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo later this month. The TBEX Central Florida Chapter is holding the meeting at the zoo and hosting the group and from what I’ve been reading, this is a Jurassic journey – but without man-eating giant lizards.

This outdoor exhibit is both educational and engaging with lifelike, life-size dinosaurs on display through May 1, 2011. The display, presented by floridacentral Credit Union, features interactive, multisensory, robotic dinosaurs complete with sound and movement. I can only imagine the exhibit is just like a slice of fictitious Jurassic Park.

Some of the dinos on display include Brachiosaurus, Quetzalocoatlus, and Tyrannosaurus. Included in DinoQuest is the activity area where visitors can visit the “I Dig It” dig site to search for fossils,  race down a “Velocity-Raptor” inflatable slide, and control an interactive robot. Can you say cool????

“At Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, guests can discover how animals were different 200 million years ago, how dinosaurs adapted and thrived for millions of years, and why they went extinct,” said Craig Pugh, executive director and CEO in a statement. “These lifelike replicas will be outside in a lakeside forest setting – unlike any prior dinosaur or dragon destination exhibit we have hosted before. Guests can also learn which present-day animals have dinosaur ancestors or shared characteristics.”

DinoQuest is open daily at 10 a.m. and every Friday and Saturday night through April 30 between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. (with the exception of April 16). On Dino Nites provides access to free Zoo rides.

Waterfall - DinoQuest at Lowry Park Zoo though May 1, 2011

Waterfall - DinoQuest at Lowry Park Zoo through May 1, 2011

Admission into DinoQuest is $4  per person (children 2-years-old and younger are free) in addition to Lowry Park Zoo admission. Dino Nites admission is $9.95 per person (2 and under are free). Zoo Pass members receive free admission into Dino Nites. Planning multiple visits to DinoQuest? Then maybe the Dino Discovery Club pass is for you at just $15 per person, it provides unlimited day and Dino Nites admission.

Stay tuned for a review of my visit later this month.

On display through May 1, 2011
Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
1101 W. Sligh Ave.
Tampa, Fla. 33604

Images Source: Lowry Park Zoo


Author: Solo Travel Girl Admin

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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