Zoos in Virginia with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Virginia because The Old Dominion State 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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  • Mill Mountain Zoo

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    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.

  • Virginia Zoo

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    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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    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 ...

  • Luray Reptile Center

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    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 ...

  • Leesburg Animal Park

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    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!

  • Virginia Safari Park

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    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.

  • Infinity Acres Petting Ranch

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    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!

  • The Natural Bridge Zoo

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    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!

  • Bear Path Acres

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    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!

  • Fort Chiswell Animal Park

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    Max Meadows

    Animal fun with this free-range zoo, filled with creatures from 6 continents, and a petting zoo to hand feed llamas, deer and goats!

  • Metro Richmond Zoo

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    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.

  • Flying Flowers Butterfly House

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    Wytheville

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

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  • The Playroom

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    Chester

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

  • Skate N Fun Zone

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    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 ...

  • Rebounderz Newport News

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    Newport News

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

  • Bounce Bristol

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    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 ...

  • Sport Bounce of Loudoun

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    Ashburn

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

  • House of Bounce

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    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.

  • Bounce House Williamsburg

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    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 ...

  • Animated Child

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    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 ...

  • Romp n Roll West End

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    Glen Allen

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

  • Kid Junction

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    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!

  • Beyond Bricks

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    Williamsburg

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

  • Beaverdam Park

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    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 ...

  • Maymont

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    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 ...

  • Smith Mountain Lake State Park

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    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 ...

  • Lake Anna State Park

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    Spotsylvania

    Kids can learn from experts about panning for gold, and enjoy boating, fishing and seasonal swimming, as well as trails to enjoy!

  • Pocahontas State Park

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    Chesterfield

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

  • First Landing State Park

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    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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    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!

  • Grommet Island Park

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    Virginia Beach

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

  • Big Walker Lookout

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    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!

  • Norfolk Botanical Garden

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    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

  • Great Bridge Lock Park

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    Chesapeake

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

  • Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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    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!