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Virginia Zoo

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Address: 3500 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504
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Great family time

This is a great leisure family time kind of place. I even purchased a yearly membership. The exhibits are very nice and clean, the animals are always so active. They have events... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
ReneandJesse S
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Norfolk, Virginia
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We came here on a 70 degree Feb Saturday. We had our 2 grandsons and it was expensive. As zoos go, this one is o.k.. I've been to much better zoos that are free or less expensive. We had a good visit and my grandsons enjoyed it.

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Thank mikeyt62
Norfolk, Virginia
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a great leisure family time kind of place. I even purchased a yearly membership. The exhibits are very nice and clean, the animals are always so active. They have events throughout the year for members only and we just love them. Good time had by all.

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Thank ReneandJesse S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great Zoo! The changes that the Virginia Zoo has made over the last few years are positioning it to be a stand out family excursion. From the Tiger and Ape exhibits to the African exhibit are easy to maneuver through and incredible on sunny days. Great for walkers and great for strollers. Great places to sit and enjoy watching the... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A pearl in the middle of our area. Great exhibits, a good variety of animals, and a great place to take your kids. In the summer the fountains are a hit with the kids, a great place to spend an afternoon.

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Thank KMandEHack
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Weather was great for early feb. There at opening and line was short. Open at 10 and was able to take train at 1030 for 2$ per person over 2. Short line. Saw mostly women with under 5 children. Am accustomed to interactive key points for children or feeding stations for ducks / coy. Petting zoo was not open. Saw... More 

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Thank Janet M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed a wonderful day at the zoo. Being members we frequent the zoo a couple times a month. It is small enough to spend a few hours to experience the entire zoo and the exhibits. We are patiently waiting for the new Rhino exhibit, but miss the elephants. New reptile exhibit is coming soon too, cant wait. Food and... More 

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Thank Brian M
Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The animals, birds & interactive areas are so integrated and accessible. One of the best zoo layouts for children & adults alike. You can get so close to the animals in a safe and calm way for you & them. Great staff, very helpful & enthusiastic. The goats are a favourite with the little ones as you can brush them,... More 

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1 Thank NicTB12
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great place to take the kids. Lots of animals. Water fountains at entrance to play in so kids should wear swimsuits in warm weather.

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United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017 via mobile

Although not exceptional in size, this zoo is exceptional in its collection of interesting animals. What I found to be amazing was the fact that they have my favorite animal there- a fennec fox! The zoo is separated my countries and offers a map at the front booth.

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1 Thank MattieTraveler
Norfolk, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

This is such a wonderful place to take friends and family of all ages. There are lots of great exhibits to see and also plenty of other activities for small children including a petting zoo. The train is also a fun thing to do. The price is very reasonable and you can spend either a few hours there or find... More 

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