If you want to visit a place where you can experience animals from all across the world, without having to leave Virginia, then you might want to head to Fort Chiswell Animal Park!
This animal park is the most interactive zoo in Virginia, which makes it great for kids! Creatures from six continents all call the park home, and roam across the 45 acres that form the park. When you arrive, you become part of their world!
When you arrive, you will first get to the super sweet petting zoo where you can pet and feed a number of animals, including those cheeky llamas, sweet pygmy goats and fallow deer.
Keep an eye out for the wallabies and monkeys too!
Then, you're off on Safari! You explore the part with your knowledgable guide who will tell you all about the creatures as you venture through the park on the safari bus. Along the way, you'll be encouraged to feed, photograph and even TOUCH the animals. How amazing is that!
Another great aspect of Fort Chiswell Animal Park, is that it's a free-range zoo, which means the animals aren't in enclosures like other zoos. They are actually roaming the park freely, just how they would in their home countries.
You can come nose to nose with some amazing animals, from ostrich, buffalo, antelope, camels and zebra. The tours last around 45 minutes to an hour, depending on where the animals are.
You will want your camera with you, because you will have animal encounters you never thought possible! Imagine coming THIS close to creatures you might have only seen in books before. Amazing! A unforgettable experience for the kids at Fort Chiswell Animal Park!