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Virginia Zoo

3500 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504
757 441 2374
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Ranked #7 of 28 attractions in Norfolk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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Richmond, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I was quite surprised at how awesome this zoo was. We kind of planned this trip on a whim for something to do as we wanted a break from the beach while visiting Virginia Beach. Overall, the zoo was very spacious and laid out well. All you had to do was keep following the sidewalks and you wouldn't miss anything.... More

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Orlando, Florida
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

When is the last time you went to the zoo? It had been over 20 years since I had been to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk. WOW! Usually visiting a zoo is hot and so much walking involved. Well, the Virginia Zoo is well planned with shade and proximity. We stopped by a local hotel to get a brochure that... More

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Decatur, IL, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We visited the Virginia Zoo. It's a very beautiful zoo & park. It's section of animals are strategically placed through out the entire park. We like how up close you can see all the amazing animals. I would recommend people of all ages to visit this wonderful place.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Norfolk zoo has one of the better park lay outs i have experienced compared to other zoo's. You travel through the park partially by way of a raised walk way encompassing the different enclosures.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Fun day tip to the zoo with my 3 children. The kids loved the zoo and especially enjoyed the tiger and orangutan exhibit

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This park should be expanded and made larger for more animals and exhibits.. Very small compared to other city zoo's. Not thrilled with it a bit. Mediocre.

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Houston, Texas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Virginia Zoo is small, you can walk around it in an hour. But why? Slow down, take it easy. We have been there twice and each time we saw 90% of the animals, including during a huge thunderstorm that roll in. We got to see the elephants and the giraffe up close in their pens for their protection. They... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Honestly, this zoo is more like an amazing park to play in, with the occasional animal exhibit. I love the layout, how spacious it is, the amazing greenery and plants and gardens, but I genuinely felt bad for the animals in this zoo. Their spaces were seriously stifling. I'm surprised that they meet the codes. The best exhibits/interactive animals are... More

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haddon Heights
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This is a beautiful, clean, well-thought out zoo. The accommodations are spacious for the animals and the exhibits are educational. However, if you are a gardener/plant enthusiast, you will also appreciate the effort put into the landscaping. The gardens, foliage around the exhibits, and even the vegetation within the animal enclosures is colorful, attractive, and shows creative use of different... More

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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22 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Visiting the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk is a fun, memorable, and unexpected experience. I say unexpected because we did not expect such a spacious and accommodating layout. The zoo is organized in sections containing the animals from specific regions of the world ... Asia, Africa, Australia, and North America. There are more than 400 animals living in spacious natural habitats.... More

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