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Virginia Zoo
3500 Granby Street
Norfolk
VA
23504
Tel: 757 441 2374

Directions

The Virginia Zoo is located at 3500 Granby Street, Norfolk, Virginia 23504 (adjacent to Lafayette Park). From Rt. 64/Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel (Peninsula) Exit Granby Street (Route 460) and proceed for about five miles The Zoo is on the left. From Rt. 44/I-264 West (Virginia Beach) Take I-264 West to downtown Norfolk. Exit City Hall Avenue, turn right onto St. Paul's Boulevard. St. Paul's Boulevard merges into Monticello Avenue.

Where are we going today?

Meet elephants, lions, kangaroos, meerkats and more. Kids can go nose to nose with entertaining prairie dogs in their interactive habitat with viewing bubbles. Visit our traditional Virginia Barnyard for an up close view of friendly goats, cows and more. Explore snakes, lizards, frogs and more in the Reptile House and be entertained by playful monkeys. Families will appreciate the beautiful gardens and open spaces that are perfect for running and playing. Don't miss any of the perfect photo ops - including our popular rhino and tortoise statues that kids love to climb and our 'history' cage where you can get a picture of your family acting like monkeys! Join us on Tuesdays at 11am for 'Zoo Tales,' a story time for preschoolers and parents that includes some of our animal friends. Zoo Tales is included with admission; times and date may be subject to change.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$11
  • Children$9
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

10am to 5pm. Open daily except major winter holidays.

Teachers corner

Classes are available for children age 12 months to 7 years old Our dedicated education department offers exciting programs for teachers and families to help children discover the world’s wild side. Details are available online at www.viriginiazoo.org in our Education section. .

I'm Hungry!

Food and beverages available at on-site restaurant, kiosks, soda vending machines and Gift Shop..

Healthy Eating!

Zoo restaurant offers fresh salads, veggie burgers and other dietary options..

Any Top Tips?

On sunny days, you’ll be glad you brought sunscreen, not to mention a towel to dry off with after you’ve played in our zero depth water feature. Please keep in mind that no outside food or drinks are allowed in the Zoo..

Need a little extra help?

Wide pathways, ADA compliant train. Wheelchairs available for rental from Gift Shop..

Can I get one of those?

Zoo-related toys, gifts and apparel..

What people are saying?

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    Not a huge zoo but it has as much character and wonder as San Diego Zoo does. Their new exhibits make it easier to spot the animals while observing them in a more natural setting. Couldn't rate it any higher.

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    We go there as a family(4) all the time. My 4year old loves it. The train is short, but informative and the money goes to getting new animals. They are remodeling the farm yard part. It should be ready this summer. I can't remember what new exhibit they are getting soon, but they mentioned it last week when we were there. There are 2 tigers and 2 lions. Different kinds of primates and reptiles. Adorable red pandas and giraffes. It's not the biggest or the best, but it's nice. The butterfly and rose gardens are wonderful when in season. :) Also...Read More

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    I always rate zoos on the space they give to elephants. These are huge migrating mammals and they are stuck in such a small enclosure! I would not recommend due to how sad it makes me to see the small animal enclosures :(

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    Not the largest zoo but the layout and flow is great and makes walking the zoo quite pleasant. Our favorite zoo we have been too and we even decided to become members. Beautiful zoo and all the animals appear to be well cared for and are easily viewable from different sides and angles. Our kids love the train ride that goes around the zoo as well.

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    So lacking in customer accommodations and way overpriced. Still, it's the only game in town.

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by Sammie Ramstad

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We go there as a family(4) all the time. My 4year old loves it. The train is short, but informative and the money goes to getting new animals. They are remodeling the farm yard part. It should be ready this summer. I can't remember what new exhibit they are getting soon, but they mentioned it last week when we were there. There are 2 tigers and 2 lions. Different kinds of primates and reptiles. Adorable red pandas and giraffes. It's not the biggest or the best, but it's nice. The butterfly and rose gardens are wonderful when in season. :) Also the they a Halloween festival that was super fun.

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