The Virginia Zoo adventure

06/21/2014  | 

Journey to mysterious places inhabited by exotic animals from around the world. Discover giraffes, orangutans, tigers, wallabies and more! Board the Norfolk Southern Express train for an expedition to Asia — Trail of the Tiger or Africa’s Okavango Delta. Watch the red panda as it climbs through the trees just above your head. Go nose-to-nose with a prairie dog from your own underground viewing bubble. Stroll through themed gardens or get wet in one of the Zoo’s water fountains.

Fun? You bet! Educational? Definitely!

The Virginia Zoo, open year round, provides education and entertainment for people of all ages. In fact, the Zoo is home to more than 400 animals on 53 beautifully landscaped acres. The Virginia Zoo’s enriched exhibits encourage the animals’ natural behavior, and provide information about their habitats, what they eat and their worldwide conservation status.

Visiting the Virginia Zoo is a fantastic thing to do with family and friends, and it’s a terrific value. Admission is $11 for adults, $9 for children (ages 2–11), and $10 for seniors (62+). Children under 2 get in FREE! Admission with a valid military ID is $10 for adults and $8 for children.

If you’re yearning for a more intimate experience, book a behind-the-scenes tour; it’s a close encounter of the animal kind! Feed a giraffe or paint with the elephants -- plenty of behind-the-scenes tours are available to choose from. Prices vary, and reservations and prepayment are required.

For those who wonder what happens at the Zoo after it closes, we offer overnight Zoo Snoozes, where you can share the night life with our animals. Activities include a live animal presentation, tour of the Zoo, behind-the-scenes tours, wildlife games and craft projects. Zoo Snoozes for Boy and Girl Scouts even include badge projects.

The Virginia Zoo hosts a number of special events throughout the year, as well, including Zoovies -- a perfect evening activity for families, providing a safe, fun and kid-friendly environment for enjoying a movie outdoors with some of your favorite summer foods and beverages.

You can even book a wedding or family reunion, hold a company picnic or throw a special birthday party at the Zoo.

Join the 500,000 People Each Year Who Visit the Virginia Zoo!

The Virginia Zoo is located at 3500 Granby St. in Norfolk. It is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

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