Zoos in BRISTOL with kids

It’s animal time in Bristol, Virginia and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Bristol because this The Old Dominion State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Flying Flowers Butterfly House

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    (64 miles) Wytheville

    All things butterflies at this butterfly house, with programs, walks, and a fun experience for kids to walk through these colorful creatures

  • Western North Carolina Nature Center

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    (72 miles) Asheville

    The WNC Nature Center is Asheville's Zoo and Wildlife Park! Providing a one-of-a-kind adventure where guests can experience animals & plants native to the Southern Appalachian region. Featuring over ...

  • Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo

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    (93 miles) Sevierville

    Over 600 animals from over 130 species are waiting for you to visit them at this unique Rainforest Zoo - with plenty of family fun to be had in Tennessee!

  • Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies

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    (96 miles) Gatlinburg

    Ripleys Aquarium of the Smokies is literally teaming with life – our 10,000 exotic sea creatures comprise more than 350 individual species.

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  • Bounce Bristol

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    (2 miles) Bristol

    Bounce Bristol is an indoor family entertainment center for children up to 12 years old. We have inflatables, host parties, and have a great snack bar featuring Domino's Pizza. Parents are always ...

  • Leaping Lizards Family Entertainment Center

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    (21 miles) Kingsport

    Super Clean, safe place for your kids to come and have a blast while getting tons of exercise. 25 foot shark, 40X20 foot obstacle course, bubble gum machine bouncer and lots more! 5 party rooms ...

  • Ashevilles Fun Depot

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    (74 miles) Asheville

    Multi-level Laser Tag, 18 hole indoor mini-golf, a 24-foot climbing wall, soft play area, batting cages, and our newest attractions, multi-level outdoor go-cart track, indoor go-kart track, bumber ...

  • Mountain Play Lodge

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    (79 miles) Arden

    Kids can play, imagine, climb and stay active at this fun and colorful indoor play center.

  • Elk Knob State Park

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    (33 miles) Todd

    Elk Knob State Park is one of the newest additions to the North Carolina state parks system.

  • Beech Mountain

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    (33 miles) Beech Mountain

    Come play a mile up! At 5,506 feet our town has many fun things to do! Come try out our free sledding hill, go ice skating, snow tubing, try skiing or snowboarding, or enjoy a delicious cup of hot ...

  • Berwind Lake Wildife Management Area

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    (56 miles) Warriormine

    Berwind Lake WMA, in McDowell County, is one of the larger Wildlife Management Areas in West Virginia, containing approximately 18,000 acres of rugged mountain terrain common to the southern portion ...

  • Big Walker Lookout

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    (62 miles) Wytheville

    The oldest privately owned scenic attraction in Virginia, this spot gives you one of the most amazing views of the Appalachian Mountains you will ever see!

  • Lake James State Park

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    (62 miles) Nebo

    Tucked away in rolling hills at the base of Linville Gorge is Lake James, a 6,510-acre lake with more than 150 miles of shoreline. This impressive waterway is the centerpiece of Lake James State ...

  • Stone Mountain State Park

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    (66 miles) Roaring Gap

    Stone Mountain is not immediately visible upon entering the park that bears its name, but this magnificent 600-foot granite dome is well worth the wait.

  • South Mountains State Park

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    (75 miles) Connelly Springs

    Nestled deep in the woods, South Mountains State Park is the perfect place to enjoy nature. Here you can see a majestic mountain range peeking out from the gently rolling landscape of the piedmont.

  • North Carolina Arboretum

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    (79 miles) Asheville

    One of the most beautiful natural settings in the United States - also offers a wide range of activities for visitors of all ages. Stop by the Information Desk at the Baker Exhibit Center to pick up ...

  • Chimney Rock Park

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    (80 miles) Chimney Rock

    This is the perfect place to reconnect with nature and spend time with family and friends. The Park, located 25 miles southeast of Asheville, North Carolina, offers the best of the mountains in one ...

  • Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area

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    (87 miles) Lenore

    Laurel Lake Wildlife Management Area, a 12, 851 acre area, is located seven miles northeast of Lenore, West Virginia.

  • Chief Logan State Park

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    (91 miles) Logan

    This 4,000-acre park is one of the most visited in the state park system. The park features a 25-site campground, outdoor amphitheater, and wildlife center. The recreation enthusiast can enjoy miles ...

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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    (98 miles) Gatlinburg

    Explore that beautiful feat of nature that lies between the border of Tennessee and North Carolina - the Great Smoky Mountains! True family adventure out in the most visited national park in the ...

  • Wetlands Water Park

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    (27 miles) Jonesborough

    Offers an interactive kids' leisure pool with loads of fun features and a zero depth wading area for babies, plus lazy river and 3 flume slides at 80, 100 and 200 feet high!

  • Dollywood's Splash Country

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    (93 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Over 23 water slides, thrills and adventures to be had at Dollywood's Splash Country! Family fun with a SPLASH for all!

  • La Zoom ComedyTours

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    (72 miles) Asheville

    A Comedy Show on Wheels! A side-splitting odyssey to the city's favourite neighborhoods and landmarks spells quirky fun for both first-time visitors and long time residents.

  • Hubbs Corn Maze

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    (20 miles) Clinton

    Great Fall family fun with a professionally designed and cut 10+ acre corn maze, laser tag, giant slides, jump pillow, barrel train, live entertainment, haunted trail, 100' trackless train, hay ...

  • Adventure Ranch

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    (75 miles) Morristown

    Adventure Ranch is an active farm entertainment venue located on the picturesque Great Smoky Farm in Morristown, TN. Located at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Adventure Ranch has been called ...

  • Catawba Science Center

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    (76 miles) Hickory

    Changing lives and inspiring wonder through science and learning. Stunning planetarium, amazing, aquariums and interactive exhibits galore.

  • Ghost Town In The Sky

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    (90 miles) Maggie Valley

    A unique amusement park in North Carolina great for the family! With staged gunfights, shows, live music, food, and rides fit for the youngest buckaroo to the bravest outlaw!

  • Hannah's Maze of Mirrors Pigeon Forge

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    (94 miles) Pigeon Forge

    Transport into a modern day fairytale and try and make your way out of a challenging mirror maze!

  • Castle of Chaos

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    (94 miles) Pigeon Forge

    A scary, fun adventure awaits at this combination of a ride, 3D film and video game all in one!

  • The Gatlinburg Space Needle

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    (96 miles) Gatlinburg

    The Gatlinburg Space Needle is an all steel observation tower served by two elevators with a capacity of 20 persons each. Ride our safe and comfortable glass elevators over 400’ to observation ...

  • Tweetsie Railroad

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    (42 miles) Blowing Rock

    Tweetsie Railroad is one of North Carolina's premium theme park with a Wild West and rail theme - with TONS of kids and family fun for your day out!

  • Dollywood

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    (93 miles) Pigeon Forge

    With a theme park, water park and resort, this one of a kind day out in the Smoky Mountains makes for a great family adventure! On it's 125 you won't find the Hollywood sign - just Dollywood!

  • Gray Line Trolley Tours of Asheville

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    (72 miles) Asheville

    Discover what Asheville’s has to offer on a Gray Line RED Trolley Tour! Locals and visitors alike are sure to enjoy the fully narrated journey, highlighting the history, homes, and hot-spots of the ...

  • Rocky Mount Living HIstory Museum

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    (15 miles) Piney Flats

    Tour and explore recreated buildings with costumed characters and authentic contents, plus museum, heirloom garden, crafts demonstrations and regular events.

  • Hands On Regional Museum

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    (21 miles) Johnson City

    Offers over 20 permanent, interactive exhibits which provide fun and learning for all ages. Facilities include equipped roleplay settings, creative and constructive zones, physical play areas and ...