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Virginia Zoo

3500 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23504
757 441 2374
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Ranked #7 of 26 attractions in Norfolk
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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Norfolk, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to visit. Very interesting assortment of animals and amphibians especially for our local area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

Beautiful zoo! There is a wide array of animals. I saw a tiger, ostriches, giraffes, elephants, orangoutangs, birds, and more! The scenery is beautiful, I really enjoyed the gardens. Spend the $2 and go for the train ride. It is a nice peaceful ride, and you learn more about the zoo. It goes by quickly, but worth it. They sell... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We found this place to have great value and a wonderful place to spend the afternoon! Our encounters with the lion, lioness, tiger and orangutan made this the highlight of our vacation! I highly recommend a visit, it was a great experience. Food shacks and places to buy drinks exist throughout the zoo. Bring an umbrella if rain is expected.... More

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Norfolk, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I went with my husband one afternoon. Unfortunately we went the same weekend as a business function that was holding an event day there so it was a tad busier than I'd like. The layout of the zoo was inviting with numerous attractions, some of which were sadly closed due to upcoming changes. In comparison to other large city zoo's... More

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

There is a great selection of animals and when we went they were pretty active. Make sure you don't go when it's too hot because the animals will mostly just hide in the shade. We watched two bears play/fighting for a solid 15 minutes - it was awesome. I definitely recommend visiting if you are in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The zoo has many animals. Was happy to see that they had some of the larger ones. Staff was wonderful..........they were walking around the exhibits telling fun facts and the animals names. There is actually a splash area at the entrance. So bring extra clothes, bathing suits and towels! Definitely recommend the zoo!

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The zoo was amazing. First we got in free because my husband is a veteran. At the very entrance there are sprouting fountains were the children were splashing around in thier bating suits. There was also a huge pecot just walking around. My 15 mo th old was amazed. The layout of the zoo was phenomenal. Its in a manor... More

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Aylett, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

After going to the Metro Richmond Zoo & being utterly disappointed we found this zoo which is not too far of a drive from Mechanicsville, VA. Makes a great day trip & we even stop off at a nearby beach area on the way back to end an awesome day of family fun. There is a ton of different animals... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Great zoo! Very clean! Beautifully designed habitats! Animals are well cared for! Lots of enrichments for the animals! A great way to spend a few hours!

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Norfolk, Virginia
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3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I've lived here all my life , and gone to the zoo as a child . What this zoo has become is Unreal . My wife & I became Members so we can Keep going Back . The exhibits are so natural& beautiful ,I'm sure That's why they had so many Baby animals born this past Year !! A must... More

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