Zoos in CHESAPEAKE with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Chesapeake 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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  • Virginia Zoo

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    (8 miles) Norfolk

    Meet over 350 amazing animals. Take a ride on the Zoo train. Explore gorgeous gardens or splash in fountains on pretty days. A fairytale family day.

  • Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

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    (17 miles) Virginia Beach

    Check out our hundreds of hands-on exhibits, outdoor aviary, nature trail, and marshlands. Plus you won't want to miss the 3D IMAX Theater. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're ...

  • Bear Path Acres

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    (41 miles) Franklin

    An animal sanctuary with native wildlife, exotics from all over the world, plus reptiles and farm animals. You can feed the horses, sheep, llama, and goats, pet the rabbits and play with the ferrets!

  • North Carolina Aquarium Roanoke Island

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    (67 miles) Manteo

    An underwater adventure with native North Carolina creatures. Kids can enjoy this underwater adventure on Roanoke Island, with the largest shark collection in the state!

  • Metro Richmond Zoo

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    (92 miles) Moseley

    Hop aboard the Safari Train and take a fifteen minute ride into the African Savannah. Get up close and personal with free-ranging animals while receiving a guided tour.

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  • Rebounderz Newport News

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    (28 miles) Newport News

    A super fun and bouncy experience for anyone 3 and up!

  • Beyond Bricks

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    (43 miles) Williamsburg

    It's playtime! Kids can create, play and explore in this indoor creative playroom perfect for infants to 12 years.

  • Bounce House Williamsburg

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    (45 miles) Williamsburg

    We have over 30,000 square feet of indoor playground with bounce houses, obstacle courses, Go-Karts, Bungee Bounce, concession, and private party rooms for the birthday boy or girl. We are the ...

  • The Playroom

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    (72 miles) Chester

    A fun and entertaining indoor play center for toddlers and children up to 10 years old - filled with creativity and fun!

  • Romp n Roll West End

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    (93 miles) Glen Allen

    Kids' Classes, Camps, and Birthday Parties for the Six and Under Crowd!

  • Chesapeake Arboretum

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    (3 miles) Chesapeake

    Visit 48 acres of nature's classroom at this Chesapeake Arboretum, with gardens, trails, and amazing nature to explore!

  • Chesapeake City Park

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    (3 miles) Chesapeake

    90 acres of nature for families, with open space and reforested pine trees. Great park space within the city of Chesapeake, with playgrounds, skate park and activities for all!

  • Great Bridge Lock Park

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    (4 miles) Chesapeake

    A 19 acre park surrounded by a canal and river, with playground and picnics too. A great spot in nature in Chesapeake

  • Mount Trashmore Park

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    (10 miles) Virginia Beach

    An environmentally friendly park with playgrounds and a skate park, that was created on a former land fill site! A popular Virginia Beach attraction for all ages!

  • Norfolk Botanical Garden

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    (10 miles) Norfolk

    A beautiful and colourful 155-acres with thousands of plants of display, as well as a number of diverse gardens, including a children's garden

  • Northwest River Park

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    (15 miles) Chesapeake

    A beautiful 763 acre park and campground in Chesapeake, with year round nature fun including hiking, fishing and boating!

  • First Landing State Park

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    (17 miles) Virginia Beach

    Visit the site of that infamous first landing of the colonists in 1607 - also Virginia's most visited state park!

  • Grommet Island Park

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    (18 miles) Virginia Beach

    A beautiful outdoor beach playground in Virginia with 100% accessible oceanfront park!

  • Dismal Swamp State Park

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    (18 miles) South Mills

    A historic and wild experience for the family at this lush swamp filled with wildlife, hiking trails, and kayaking. An incredibly North Carolina wonder!

  • Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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    (18 miles) Suffolk

    Visit the largest intact remains of an incredible habitat that once covered over 1 million acres. Hiking, biking, wildlife, fishing and amazing Virginia wilderness!

  • Beaverdam Park

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    (46 miles) Gloucester

    Gloucester's largest park (1340 acres) is located in the central part of the county and surrounds a 635-acre lake. Beaverdam Park is open 7 days a week year-round and only closes on Christmas Day and ...

  • Jockeys Ridge State Park

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    (66 miles) Nags Head

    There are many reasons why millions of people visit Jockey's Ridge State Park. Some come to see the tallest sand dune on the Atlantic coast; others come for the spectacular sunsets.

  • Pettigrew State Park

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    (68 miles) Creswell

    With more than 1,300 acres of land around Lake Phelps and more than 3,000 acres along the Scuppernong River, with an additional 16,600 acres of water, Pettigrew State Park is an ideal blend of ...

  • Pocahontas State Park

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    (83 miles) Chesterfield

    A beautiful Virginia State Park with outdoor fun - with hiking, camping, boating and picnicking. Even an aquatic center!

  • Maymont

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    (84 miles) Richmond

    Maymont is home to many native Virginia animals including mammals, reptiles, birds, amphibians and fish. Hundreds of animals, representing more than 100 species, reside within Maymont's groundsat the ...

  • Goose Creek State Park

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    (95 miles) Washington

    Giant, old oaks draped in Spanish moss welcome you to this special world where broad, lazy Goose Creek joins the Pamlico River.

  • Medoc Mountain State Park

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    (95 miles) Hollister

    Should the humdrum of nine-to-five leave you with the urge to travel and explore, head to Medoc Mountain State Park. A pleasurable excursion awaits just a 1.5 hour drive from the Research Triangle.

  • Ocean Breeze Waterpark

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    (17 miles) Virginia Beach

    A family friendly Caribbean water park in Virginia Beach, with over 30 slides, rides and attractions! Make that SPLASH!

  • Water Country USA

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    (39 miles) Williamsburg

    Water fun in Williamsburg with this super cool water park, with interactive river adventures, geysers, and pools all set to a 50s and 60th surf theme! Let's surf safari in Virginia!

  • Chesapeake Planetarium

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    (4 miles) Chesapeake

    Public programs available at this fascinating planetarium, where kids can learn all about the wonders of space from Chesapeake!

  • Hunt Club Petting Farm

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    (15 miles) Virginia Beach

    Hunt Club Farm is a 23 acre family-owned farm in the heart of Virginia Beach - just 5 miles from the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Provides Agricultural based education and entertainment for the local ...

  • Captain Jacks Pirate Ship Adventures

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    (18 miles) Virginia Beach

    Arrrr...family adventures on the high seas with Captain Jack's Pirate Ship Adventures! Get out and search for treasure on their pirate ship tours complete with water cannons - swashbuckling!

  • Pirate's Cove Williamsburg

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    (43 miles) Williamsburg

    Putt your way through an 18th century pirate themed mini golf course in Williamsburg! Great family fun for those buccaneers in the family!

  • Swaders Sports Park

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    (68 miles) Prince George

    Go-karts, mini golf, laser tag, batting cages, driving range, arcade, Rt. 66 bowling, birthday parties & banquet center! Its Playtime!!!

  • Jeannettes Pier

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    (71 miles) Nags Head

    Fishing, families and fun....all at Jeannette's Pier on the beautiful North Carolina coast. A fun day for kids to explore the coast, the beaches and the ocean!