Zoos & Wildlife

Virginia Safari Park

Natural Bridge, VA

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Address: 229 Safari Ln, Natural Bridge, VA 24578, USA Number: (540) 291-3205 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

Have you ever seen pictures of Africa and seen all the beautifully unusual and colorful animals that roam across the plains?  At Virginia Safari Park, you can get up close to these incredible animals without having to leave the country!

Bundle the family in the car and enjoy the safari drive-thru zoo, where the animals are free to roam as little or as much as they like!  You have over 3 miles of lovely gravel road, but you best not be in a hurry - because the animals might not be!  If you are lucky, you will be able to feed the animals through the windows with the parks special grain!  We bet you might be the only person in your class to have hand fed a zebra!

You will get to see the animals following their natural instincts.  You might witness two males challenging each other over a female, or if you are very lucky you might even witness the birth of a really cute baby!  You won't have to wait long to see it's first steps either - animals adapt pretty quickly and are up and walking in no time!

When you are ready to stretch your legs (just like the baby animals have done!) then you can head to the Safari  Walk Through area where you can wander past some of the fascinating animals exhibits on offer, such as the Tiger Territory (don't worry - you don't need to feed these guys by hand!) or the super fun Kangaroo Walkabout where you can hop along with the very cool looking kangaroos. 

If you want to get really hands on, there is an enjoyable petting zoo where you can feed and pet the goats and their kids (A baby goat is called a kid!!, sweet little potbellied pigs and their even cuter babies, pecking chickens, and baby llamas.

Not enough fun for you?  Good thing they have wagon rides to top it all off!

So let Virginia bring animals from over 6 continents to you, and enjoy these beautiful creatures with the incredible backdrop of the Shenandoah Mountains!

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How much does it cost?



$26.95 + tax



$18.95 + tax (Ages 2 to 12)



First Responders, Active Duty and Retired Military receive $4 off on each paid admission


Free Under

1 year of age


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Additional Information

Unfortunately no pet animals are allowed in the park - unless you own a giraffe and it wants to visit it's friends! Just kidding...we think.

Any top tips?


Don't forget to pick up a fun activity guide book for the kids! It's included in each admission and really fun for the kids to fill out.

I'm Hungry!


The aptly named Watering Hole cafe has a delicious full menu full of both savoury and sweet snacks and meals. Unless of course you want to try the special grain for the animals? We didn't think so!

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Where is it at?


The safari park is located in Rockbirdge country, which is exit 180 or 180B off I-81 in Natural Bridge. They are only minutes away from the Blue Ridge Parkway and Lexington

Teachers corner


Up to 35 students at a time can participate in one of their hour long tours, which is a great way for students to get up close with the animals and learn about their habits and habitats. Make sure you book in advance as spots fill up fast!

Can I get one of those?


The Safari Trading Post Gift Shop offers a whole range of souvenirs to choose from, including super cute plush animals and toys, animal themed apparel and collectables, and there is something for every budget!

Need a little extra help?


There are wheelchair accesible areas within the park. Even the giraffee feeding stations offer ramps to cater for wheelchairs!

Click here for lots more great things to do near you in Virginia

When can we go?

9.00am - 5.00pm (gates close 4pm). Summer closing time 6:30pm. Gates shut 5pm.

March to November. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Time vary depending on day.

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