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Virginia Zoo

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Address: 3500 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504
Phone Number: 757 441 2374
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Nice little zoo

This is a nice little zoo with a big selection of animals. It doesn't cover as much ground as the National Zoo in DC (which is huge) but the habitats don't feel small, they have... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Tampa, Florida, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I write this with mixed thought as I am generally opposed to zoos. This zoo is better than others I have seen at making an effort to build comfortable environments for their collection. They have elephants which always makes me angry as they should not be held in captivity. As with every other zoo I've seen the elephant sanctuary was... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is a nice little zoo with a big selection of animals. It doesn't cover as much ground as the National Zoo in DC (which is huge) but the habitats don't feel small, they have plenty of room to run around. Kudos to the designers - they did a very good job. Very nice and helpful staff.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The zoo has very nice habitats. It is easy to navigate the grounds. They have many types of animals. It's a great activity for adults and families.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This zoo is great! It is huge and I loved the train. There are a lot of animals to see. If you catch some of the zoo keepers there are more than willing to tell you about the animals.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I think this zoo has more health benefits than anything else, due to all the walking, scenery & weather was awesome! Compared to the San Antonio, Texas & San Diego, CA I think this Zoo is fairly small & I wouldn't visit again.

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Glen Allen, VA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

A caveat before I begin: I have animal rights interests and have very mixed feelings about zoos in general. I applaud the educational aspects. I happened to visit on May 14 when it seemed that every elementary school child in the area was there, as well. Yes, this significantly detracted from the experience. But if it helps one kid care... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We live close enough to walk to the zoo, so a family membership really paid off. The exhibits are fun and well maintained. The train is fun to ride, there are benches to rest, and the animals are fascinating. An added benefit is the walk around the zoo. The exercise is good, and you hardly realize the workout because of... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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247 reviews 247 reviews
49 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We had a wonderful day with family at our beautiful zoo. It has been many years. They have made fabulous improvements. A wonderful family facility well adapted for strollers and wheelchairs. Great views of the animals. Friendly staff and the grounds were in great shape. The entrance fees where reasonable and the prices for food were also reasonable. No charge... More 

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Caryville, Tennessee
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92 reviews 92 reviews
45 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

This was a very pleasant surprise. This zoo is really wonderful. The enclosures are large and stimulating for the animals. The animals were active and fascinating to watch. None of them seemed stressed out at all and seemed to be really enjoying themselves.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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48 reviews 48 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

There is a good variety of animals and the zoo has some excellent exhibits. Plan to spend 2-3 hours to enjoy the zoo. There are lions, elephants, tigers, and other animals from Africa. There are also animals from Australia, Asia, North and South America. The concessions were closed when we went on a Thursday afternoon. The park was clean and... More 

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