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About Virginia Zoo

Meet elephants, lions, kangaroos, meerkats and more at Virginia Zoo. Are you ready to walk on the wild side? 

At this popular family destination, kids can go nose to nose with entertaining prairie dogs in their interactive habitat with viewing bubbles. Visit the traditional Virginia Barnyard for an up close view of friendly goats, cows and more. You can even explore snakes, lizards, frogs and more in the Reptile House!

Throughout your day at Virginia Zoo, kids can meet animals from ALL over the world. In fact, there are over 500 fury, feathered and scaly animal friends waiting to meet you!

The animals (and plants too!) include exotic representatives from Asia, Africa, Australia, North American and more.  You can venture to Africa-Okavango Delta and see impressive creatures big and small. Rhinos, giraffes, tortoises, lions, cheetahs and many more can be found here. 

Head to Asia next and see the Trail of the Tiger, through India, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, to Sri Lanka, Philippines and more, you can explore some of Asia's most beautiful furry and feathered creatures 

You don't have to venture too far to see some of North America's finest creatures including the nation's new National Mammal, the bison. 

Explore Down Under and meet some of the coolest animals from the Australian continent, including kangaroos and wallabies, and even emus!

For those animal interactions, head to Zoo Farm, where kids and adults alike can moo with the cows, feel the fuzz of the sheep and even watch the prairie dogs dig holes!

Virginia Zoo also feature a host of gardens and plants too, which offer some peaceful moments in between the animal fun!

With fun events across the year to add to your animal experiences, plus birthday party fun if you want to celebrate your special day with the animals, Virginia Zoo has a WILD day out ready for you, so why are you waiting for? The animals are ready!

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Adults $14.95

Children $11.95 (Ages 2-11)

Free Under 2 years.

Last Update 2022

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Virginia Zoo FAQ’s

I’m Hungry! Can I get food at Virginia Zoo?

With a cafe, "Beastro", and snack options, those rumbling tummies won't be rumbling for long! Dig into a number of food items including burgers, sliders, kids meals, ice cream, hot dogs, pizzas & more!

Any top tips when visiting?

For something a bit more special, check out the behind the scenes tours where you can get even closer to the animals! You can chat with the zoo keepers about rhinos, giraffes and more, but you need to book two weeks in advance. There are extra costs for this

Does Virginia Zoo have a gift shop?

Zoo-related toys, gifts and apparel can all be found in the Gift Shop so make sure you take that pocket money!

Teachers corner

Classes are available for children age 12 months to 7 years old

Their dedicated education department offers exciting programs for teachers and families to help children discover the world’s wild side. Check out their website for details!

Does Virginia Zoo have healthy eating or Vegan options?

The two main food outlets offer fresh salads, veggie burgers and other dietary options. You can also take your own food, but you need to eat it outside of the zoo. If you leave the Zoo, you may re-enter on the same day by showing your admission receipt at the ticket booth.

Is Virginia Zoo fully accessible?

The zoo is accessible with wide pathways, an ADA compliant train, and wheelchairs are available for rental from Gift Shop.

Any additonal information?

Check out the kid and family programs, camps and more fun activities on offer!