Zoos in LYNCHBURG with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Lynchburg 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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  • The Natural Bridge Zoo

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    (27 miles) Natural Bridge

    Home of the most complete collection of exotic zoo animals and birds in the state, a breeding and rescue zoo for rare and endangered species. Pet and hug many occupants!

  • Virginia Safari Park

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    (27 miles) Natural Bridge

    Virginia Safari park is Virginia's only Drive-Thru Zoo. A great place to visit to get up close and personal to some of the amazing animals.

  • Mill Mountain Zoo

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    (45 miles) Roanoke

    is home to more than 175 animals including mammals, birds, reptiles and invertebrates, including 21 vulnerable species! The Zoo offers year round educational and recreational opportunities.

  • Infinity Acres Petting Ranch

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    (68 miles) Ridgeway

    A fun interactive animal experience where kids can pet and hold a whole range of creatures! Ready to come face to face with a Llama at Infinity Acres!

  • Conservators Center

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    (81 miles) Burlington

    A beautiful non-profit organisation that rescues, preserves and educates about threatened species. The Conservators Center welcomes families to experience these beautiful creatures through pre-booked ...

  • Luray Reptile Center

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    (93 miles) Luray

    Seeing zookeepers interact with animals and know them personally. Having a zookeeper available to answer your questions. Getting Close and personal with animals is something Luray Zoo does ...

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  • Smith Mountain Lake State Park

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    (33 miles) Huddleston

    In addition to a full range of water related activities, including swimming, fishing and boating, the park offers miles of hiking trails, housekeeping cabins, camping, picnicking, a visitor center ...

  • Moncove Lake State Park

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    (70 miles) Gap Mills

    Tucked away among the hills on the southeastern edge of the state lies Moncove Lake State Park. Located in the pastoral setting of Monroe County, Moncove Lake State Park seems worlds away from ...

  • Watogo State Park

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    (76 miles) Marlinton

    Watoga State Park is located in the mountains of Pocahontas County just 14 miles south of Marlinton, West Virginia. The park consists of 10,100 acres filled with a multitude of recreational ...

  • Beartown State Park

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    (77 miles) Hillsboro

    Beartown State Park is a natural area of 107 acres located on the eastern summit of Droop Mountain, seven miles southwest of Hillsboro, West Virginia. Development of the park has been minimal in ...

  • Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

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    (80 miles) Henderson

    Set a course for Kerr Lake State Recreation Area to enjoy sailing, fishing, water skiing and camping. This 50,000 acre, man-made lake is a haven for water sports enthusiasts and landlubbers alike. ...

  • Seneca State Forest

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    (82 miles) Dunmore

    Oldest of West Virginia's state forests, Seneca borders the beautiful Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County.

  • Hanging Rock State Park

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    (92 miles) Danbury

    Not far from the cities of the Triad area, off the four lane highways there's another North Carolina to be discovered sheer cliffs and peaks of bare rock, quiet forests and cascading waterfalls, ...

  • Eno River State Park

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    (93 miles) Durham

    Minutes from Durham, Hillsborough, and Chapel Hill the Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with the serenity of a clear river drifting and cascading over a rocky stream bed.

  • Bluestone State Park

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    (97 miles) Hinton

    Encompassing over 2,100 acres of rugged, heavily forested, mountainous terrain, Bluestone State Park provides a wide variety of water-oriented activities for guests and residents of southern West ...

  • Three Rivers Avian Center

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    (98 miles) Brooks

    "Wings of Wonder - West Virginia Birds of Prey" presentation is fairly general in scope,custom-tailored to the ages and needs of our audiences. Each presentation includes live birds of prey from ...

  • Splash Valley

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    (47 miles) Roanoke

    Featuring two 34-foot high water slides, a current river, and a children's play area with spray features, Splash Valley is fun for everyone!

  • Massanutten Waterpark

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    (72 miles) Massanutten

    A year round indoor waterpark AND seasonal outdoor waterpark in Virginia - great family fun with slides, rivers and a fortress!

  • Alexander Water Park

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    (88 miles) Dublin

    Water purifying system - No More red eyes, green hair, itchy skin or faded swim suits. 8 Lane Lap Pool, Walk in access to water, Heated Water, 38 ft. long Water Slide, Spray Toys and Water Drops, ...

  • The Zone

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    (49 miles) Rocky Mt

    Go Karts for younger and older child drivers, basic mini golf plus batting cages.

  • Virginia Discovery Museum

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    (56 miles) Charlottesville

    A hands-on children's museum, with exhibits on the arts, sciences, humanities, history, and nature. Families are encouraged to explore the Museum together - visitors of all ages are free to touch, ...

  • Rightmire Childrens Museum

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    Lynchburg

    A four-level structure also known as Amazement Square. This fab family-friendly learning center offers loads of hands-on interacting fun, including America's highest indoor climbing tower, a ...

  • Toy Museum At Natural Bridge

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    (27 miles) Natural Bridge

    The largest collection of childhood memorabilia on display in the world. The museum collections feature many full sets and series of collectible toys particularly since 1975.

  • History Museum of Western Virginia

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    (45 miles) Roanoke

    Exhibits offer a glimpse of how life was lived in southwestern Virginia, creating a vivid cultural and educational experience. Rotating exhibits allows focus on a variety of people, industries and ...

  • Science Museum of Western Virginia

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    (45 miles) Roanoke

    Providing hands-on, interactive exhibits. Utilizing our planetarium as an educational and entertaining resource. Offering a variety of innovative programs, both on-site and in the community.

  • ArtVenture Interactive Center

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    (45 miles) Roanoke

    Art Venture is a hands-on interactive gallery and art center that is fun for EVERYONE! You can paint a portrait, play a musical painting, design a chair, stage a puppet show, drive a circus wagon, or ...

  • Museum of Transportation

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    (45 miles) Roanoke

    Houses lots of steam locomotives including the J611, diesel engines, railcars, trucks, trolleys, carriages, vintage cars, an O-gauge layout (which the small people love) plus many special exhibits ...

  • Frontier Culture Museum

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    (49 miles) Staunton

    Go back in time to the lives of those early immigrants before they emigrated to the USA at this fascinating Virginia museum, showcasing traditional rural buildings from Germany, Ireland and even West ...

  • AAF Tank Museum

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    (55 miles) Danville

    The Tank Museum has the most extensive collection of International Tank & Cavalry artifacts in the world! - 117 Tanks & Artillery pieces + lots more

  • Virginia Museum of Natural History

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    (64 miles) Martinsville

    Great Natural History Museum featuring that great family favourite - The Dinisour - check events for up to date info

  • Explore More Discovery Museum

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    (73 miles) Harrisonburg

    A hands-on, interactive museum where curious kids and their families can explore and learn together with activities including culture, science and technology!

  • Childrens Museum of Alamance County

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    (94 miles) Graham

    A fun and interactive way for kids to exercise their curiosity and develop their incredible imaginations through exploration - and where kids and adults can create together.

  • The Natural Science Centre of Greensboro

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    (97 miles) Greensboro

    Combines an accredited science museum including Herpetarium; zoological park including petting zoo; 3D Omnisphere Theatre performances and an aquarium in development.

  • Museum of Life and Science

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    (97 miles) Durham

    A world-class science center, interactive inside and out, you’ll find hundreds of state-of-the art, hands-on exhibits. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do ...

  • Hinton Railroad Museum

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    (97 miles) Hinton

    Historic railroad museum int he fromer cox's department store with many artifacts of years gone by on the railroads.