Zoos in VIRGINIA BEACH with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Virginia Beach 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 Aquarium and Marine Science Center

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    (2 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 ...

  • Virginia Zoo

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    (17 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.

  • Bear Path Acres

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    (59 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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    (66 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!

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  • Rebounderz Newport News

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    (36 miles) Newport News

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

  • Beyond Bricks

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    (51 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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    (52 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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    (84 miles) Chester

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

  • Grommet Island Park

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    (2 miles) Virginia Beach

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

  • First Landing State Park

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    (6 miles) Virginia Beach

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

  • Mount Trashmore Park

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    (8 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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    (13 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

  • Chesapeake City Park

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    (16 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!

  • Chesapeake Arboretum

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    (16 miles) Chesapeake

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

  • Great Bridge Lock Park

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    (17 miles) Chesapeake

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

  • Northwest River Park

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    (21 miles) Chesapeake

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

  • Dismal Swamp State Park

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    (32 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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    (36 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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    (49 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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    (64 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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    (77 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 ...

  • Maymont

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    (95 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 ...

  • Pocahontas State Park

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    (96 miles) Chesterfield

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

  • Ocean Breeze Waterpark

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    (3 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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    (46 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!

  • Captain Jacks Pirate Ship Adventures

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    (1 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!

  • Hunt Club Petting Farm

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    (6 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 ...

  • Chesapeake Planetarium

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    (18 miles) Chesapeake

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

  • Pirate's Cove Williamsburg

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    (51 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!

  • Jeannettes Pier

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    (69 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!

  • Swaders Sports Park

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    (82 miles) Prince George

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

  • Atlantic Fun Park

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    (1 miles) Virginia Beach

    A super fun amusement park in Virginia Beach with family fun rides, tasty foods and super awesome games!

  • Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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    (45 miles) Williamsburg

    Dozens of thrilling rides and attractions, ten main stage shows, a wide variety of authentic foods and shops, and a magical children's area, Busch Gardens Williamsburg is the ticket to a world-class ...

  • Kayak Nature Tours

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    (4 miles) Virginia Beach

    Amazing kayak tours all around the Virginia Beach area - great for kids aged 3 and up!

  • American Rover Sailing Cruises

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    (17 miles) Norfolk

    Venture into the smooth waters of Hampton Roads' historical harbor and rich maritime heritage. Day and evening cruises showcase the best of America's greatest seaport. Sail majestically by giant ...