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Address: 3500 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504
Phone Number: 757 441 2374
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My family and I were in Virginia for Easter vacation and decided to go here because my son is fascinated with animals. The whole family enjoyed it. My son at the time of visit was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I were in Virginia for Easter vacation and decided to go here because my son is fascinated with animals. The whole family enjoyed it. My son at the time of visit was one and a half and he had a great time. He loved that the giraffes would come up really close to him. The zoo itself... More 

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King William, Virginia
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited with my sisters & baby niece here recently on a warm January day. It's a hair pricey, ($15 per adult and I think $12 per kid) but caring for animals can be expensive so this is one of those "social offset" fees I don't really mind paying to preserve something for others to enjoy as well.... if you look... More 

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San Francisco, California
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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have traveled to many Zoos across the United States and I can say with confidence that Virginia Zoological park is tops! It was so relaxing to stroll around and browse a wide variety of wildlife. Lots of shade trees and mostly flat surface areas make this park enjoyable for the entire family. My favorite was the Giraffes because there... More 

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Suffolk, Virginia
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48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Several years ago we took my husband's kids and had a great time. We bought a membership, but never went back. We had no idea what we were missing. Last summer, we went again with our 11 month old and bought another membership ($79 for two adults- I think children are free under 2 or 3). It's not very expensive... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Perfect sized zoo. We made it through the entire zoo comfortably in 2-3 hours. Exhibits were well cared for and animals were easy to view. Food at the cafeteria was also quite good. My favorite zoo so far!

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Thank Jennifer M
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69 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Unexpected how nice this zoo is. Great exhibits with very natural habitats for all of the animals. There were lions, tigers, and bears oh my. Our son also really enjoyed the small train ride through the park with great explanations of the zoo exhibits. This zoo is well worth the 25 minute ride if you are staying in Virginia Beach.... More 

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Thank dar0898
Annandale, Virginia
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

This Zoo was one of my favorite places we visited. Not only did they have they rescued so many animals, but they plan on expanding. Its a great environment for their rescues and those visiting.

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Thank Jessica F
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

A beautiful, lovely place to see diferent animals, to take pictures. For kids as well for adults! I would be back to see it again!

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Waterford, CT
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84 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Start your day early to bet the crowds and the heat. Train ride was not worth the money but kids enjoyed it.

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Thank Sunflower53092
Norfolk, Virginia
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52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

I was asked to take my 3-year-old granddaughter to a birthday party at the zoo, and I was very impressed with the educational nature of the party! Several handlers brought smaller animals in for the kids to learn about and touch, including a millipede, snake and gecko, and they kept the kids' rapt attention...I think this is a GREAT party... More 

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