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Virginia Zoological Park


What I appreciate about the Virginia Zoo is that they do the best with what they've got. At only 55 acres, the zoo designers have done a fantastic job of making the habitats seem bigger than they really are (compare that to the 1,370 acres of North Carolina's Zoo, and you see the challenge of making our 400 animals not feel like tenement dwellers!) The new tiger exhibit is gorgeous, so if you haven't been in a while, you should make a return visit and take the little Norfolk Southern train ride to spy the tigers. Bring your zoom lens for your camera, because the shots you get of the tigers can be National Geographic worthy. While you're at it, bring your macro lens, too, because the closeups of the beautiful flowers in the gardens will wow your neighbors. I think the small size of the zoo adds to its charm considerably. For one, you can see all of the exhibits without having your children meltdown halway through. It's downright cozy, which makes me love it all the more.


3500 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23504
United States
36° 52' 42.7872" N, 76° 16' 55.2684" W
Cost Description: 
Adult $11, Kids 2-11 is $9. You can buy a family membership for $85 which extends to numerous other facilities around the state.
Age Description: 
Babies, Toddlers, Seniors. They're all here smiling at the animals.
Your rating: None Average: 3.5 (6 votes)


wendypare's picture

I agree with you! The Norfolk Zoo is a wonderfully compact and beautiful sanctuary. And it's not just animals! If you love gardening, they have 10 distinct gardens that are bio-specific to geographic areas. Late spring is beautiful at the zoo and a great spot for family pictures.

creditas's picture

The zoo has come a long way since I was a kid. Now, this is one of my children's favorite places in the area. Good place in spring and fall, but summers can cook you a little.