Zoos in RESTON with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Reston 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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  • Leesburg Animal Park

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    (15 miles) Leesburg

    21 acres of animal fun with native and exotic animals, as well as petting and feeding areas, indoor playground, and fun park activities such as pony and wagon rides, and live animal shows!

  • Smithsonian National Zoo

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    (17 miles) Cleveland Park

    Founded in 1889, and one of the most popular DC attractions, this zoo has over 1,500 animals across 163 acres - and it's FREE!

  • Green Meadows Petting Farm Ijamsville

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    (27 miles) Ijamsville

    A family friendly petting farm in Maryland with sweet barn animals for kids to play with, as well as hay rides, cow milking, and an interactive animal show. Lots of animal fun in your family day out!

  • Catoctin Wildlife Preserve and Zoo

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    (44 miles) Thurmont

    From the small and furry, to the large and scaly, this Maryland zoo has 319 species from all over the world, to give kids a fun zoo adventure!

  • The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

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    (46 miles) Baltimore

    Over 1,500 mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians at this family friendly zoo in Baltimore! There are over 200 species for the kids to enjoy, and learn about on your family day out in Maryland!

  • Land of Little Horses

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    (61 miles) Gettysburg

    Get up close and personal with our famous namesake miniature horses and their farm animal friends. Races, Displays, and Special Events are sure to delight the kids and "kids at heart".

  • Luray Reptile Center

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    (64 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 ...

  • Plumpton Park Zoo

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    (89 miles) Rising Sun

    Jimmie the Giraffe, Sis the Tiger, and Zoe the Zebra are all waiting for the family to go visit at this very intimate and sweet Maryland Zoo, with over 130 animals on display.

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  • Sport Bounce of Loudoun

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    (7 miles) Ashburn

    10,000sq ft of bouncing fun in Virginia, great indoor play for active kids aged 2 to 10 years!

  • Kid Junction

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    (7 miles) Chantilly

    Fun indoor play designed to encourage role playing, socializing and imagination skills, with tons of different attractions that will provide hours of fun for kids in Virginia!

  • Be With Me Playseum

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    (14 miles) Bethesda

    A fun "city" for kids where they can play freely, connect with their parents and most importantly, have fun reading!

  • Skate N Fun Zone

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    (15 miles) Manassas

    Skate N Fun Zone offers skating for all ages, skating classes and play zone for children. You and your kids can also have lots of fun in the Laser tag. Celebrate your kids birthday party or come to ...

  • House of Bounce

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    (16 miles) Manassas

    offers 6,400 sq ft of play space filled with a variety of high standard inflatables, from giant slides and obstacle courses to classic bounce houses and more.

  • Animated Child

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    (24 miles) Montclair

    The Animated Child provides an integrated environment where children are encouraged to be curious and independent. Our setting is created for the inquisitive child. We aspire to develop a deep sense ...

  • Rolly Pollies Maryland

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    (35 miles) Crofton

    Dynamic, fun-filled gym, arts, birthday parties, open play and special programs for kids 6 months through 9 years.

  • Marley Bounce Party

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    (42 miles) Glen Burnie

    Fun indoor play for those under 12s, with fun bouncy equipment and a special toddler area!

  • Big house of bounce

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    (45 miles) Baltimore

    Big House of Bounce is a healthy recreational option for today’s active families. We strive to provide a clean, safe, and stimulating environment for children.

  • Kiddie Crusoe

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    (51 miles) Timonium

    features include the Kiddie City Play Arena, Ultimate Play Set, Inflatable Arena, Imaginarium Activity Room, and Wii Gaming Lounges.

  • Great Falls Park

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    (10 miles) Washington

    At Great Falls, the Potomac River builds up speed and force as it falls over a series of steep, jagged rocks and flows through the narrow Mather Gorge. The Patowmack Canal offers a glimpse into the ...

  • Discovery Creek Childrens Museum of Washington

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    (12 miles) Glen Echo

    The aim of the museum is using natural and historic settings to create a living laboratory of science, history, and art exploration.

  • Upton Hill Regional Park

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    (13 miles) Arlington

    A fun day of outdoor adventure in Arlington, with a fun water park, mini golf, batting cages, walking trails and lots of park fun!

  • Dumbarton Oaks

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    (16 miles) NW Washington DC

    These beautiful 10 acre gardens are a great place to take a baby for a walk - you can take a guided tour of both the museum and gardens

  • Rock Creek Nature Centre

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    (16 miles) NW Washington DC

    Has Discovery Room aimed at kids under 5 with lots of things to do - enjoy a wide variety of children\'s programs, including planetarium shows, animal talks, exploratory hikes, crafts, as well as ...

  • Wheaton Regional Park and Nature Center

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    (19 miles) Wheaton

    Great outdoor fun with 536 acres of park land, with trails, playgrounds, train rides, history, and a brilliant nature center!

  • East Potomac Park

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    (19 miles) Washington DC

    One of the most popular parks in Washington DC, with tennis courts, golf and play areas!

  • Botanic Gardens

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    (19 miles) Washington

    Hey Kids! The USBG is looking for Junior Botanists! You can become an Apprentice Junior Botanist by asking for an Adventure Folder and exploring our Conservatory. Bring along an adult adviser with an ...

  • National Arboretum

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    (21 miles) NE Washington

    The National Arboretum has 446 acres filled with trees, plants and flowers - great place for picnic, relaxing and letting the kids run round - why not take a tram tour round

  • Monocacy National Battlefield

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    (29 miles) Frederick

    A fascinating and educational look into history at this national battlefield in Maryland. Known as the Civil War Battle that Saved DC, families can visit a landscape that has changed little since the ...

  • Antietam National Battlefield

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    (41 miles) Sharpsburg

    An eye opening and fascinating historical experience at Antietam National Battlefield - a site that played a key role in 1862 invasion of the Confederate Army into the North.

  • Irvine Nature Center

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    (45 miles) Owings Mills

    Enjoy Irvine Nature Center's resident animals, 116 acres of woodlands, wetlands and meadows, and an interactive exhibit hall free of charge! There are great trails for easy family nature hikes, ...

  • National Aquarium in Baltimore

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    (46 miles) Baltimore

    The Aquarium is home to approximately 16,500 specimens and more than 660 species of animals. The Aquarium features hundreds of exhibits featuring more than 16,500 animals.

  • Fort McHenry National Monument

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    (47 miles) Baltimore

    An important part of Maryland and USA history at Fort McHenry! Kids can see the place that inspired the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner - great family fun out in Baltimore for the day!

  • Catoctin Mountain Park

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    (47 miles) Thurmont

    With 25 miles of hiking trails winding through both Catoctin Mountain Park and Cunningham Falls State Park a variety of experiences are available. The roads of the Park offer scenic driving all year; ...

  • Bear Branch Nature Center

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    (52 miles) Westminster

    A nature center set among 320 acres of trails, orchards, mews and lakes, with educational exhibits and a planetarium.

  • Fort Frederick State Park

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    (57 miles) Big Pool

    offers an extensive colonial era experience, with restored barracks and fort buildings; fishing, boating and hiking opportunities on the rivers plus a traditional adventure playground.