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“If you love nature and animals-@ kids love it.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Virginia Safari Park

Virginia Safari Park
229 Safari Lane, Natural Bridge, VA 24578
540 291 3205
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Owner description: Drive along 3 miles of road, feeding herds of free-roaming animals from your car, such as antelope, camel, deer, elk and llama! Walk through the 10-acre Safari Village and see tigers, cheetah, kangaroos, primates, reptiles, a wide variety of birds and much more! Don’t forget to feed the giraffe and visit the petting barn! We’re located in the Shenandoah Valley, a short day trip from Roanoke, Lynchburg, Staunton, Charlottesville, Richmond, Maryland and DC.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Chesterfield, Virginia
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35 attraction reviews
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
“If you love nature and animals-@ kids love it.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

My Husband and I went around 1 or 2 o’clock. By this time I think every animal in the park had eaten they looked to be lying over and just sleeping. But they still were close to the truck and we really were able to get great pictures. We did feed some camels, birds and deer. The drive is long so it is worth the money you pay. Park the car when you’re done and go to the zoo that is very nice also. They have the Hugh turtle's which I love turtles. They had two tigers one white one the orange color. We sat on the bench about 6 feet from the large fence they are kept in. The two of them got into a fight less than 6 feet in front of us. I was trying to push back away from them and my husband said he was giving a quick prayer the pin held. That was an experience for a life time. We found a worker on the property and told her that one had hurt its paw. She said they get into it every once in a while. Wow I felt I was in the wild and trying to get out quick hahah . The roar with the hair standing up on their backs and clawing at each other every one watching was just over-whelmed. This is what you see on TV and you don’t expect it at the zoo. You will love the place go if you can. There are two zoo's one close to natural bridge and the Safari Park. To know you have Safari park and not the other zoo. Safari Park has a long drive to get back to the park. The zoo is right off the road and parking is horrible.

Visited May 2013
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Beckley, West Virginia
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“Love this place!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

We loved it! We drove throu twice with many buckets of food. The animals take it right out of your car! Super cool.

Visited October 2012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“Great fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

Went on Memorial Day weekend. We arrived early and only had a short line, as we left the line was all the way back to the highway. It was fun. The animals know exactly what to do. They line up on both sides of the car and wait for you to feed them. The contest is to hold onto the bucket. Some of the critters are gentle and others slightly more aggressive. They also have no problem sticking their heads in the car. The camels seemed to have the most empty tubs around the pen. You can also feed giraffes. Parking at the end was a big pain and we had to drive around for a long time until we found a place. Many other things to see while walking around. Fun place.

Visited May 2013
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Benton, Tennessee
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“Can't think of a better things for kids.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

It can get long as the cars can get clustered between the patient and unpatient customer but its worth the joy it brings kids. It captures their attention and leaves great memories, worth the big crowds and wait coming to the admission gates. Enjoyed it more than any zoo.

Visited May 2013
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Alexandria, VA
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“TONS of Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

We had a blast!!!!! The animals are definitely expecting their feed as soon as they see your car approaching, they line up just behind the drive thru gate and then watch out!!!! We had animals sticking their head through the windows, I had my adult daughter jumping over the console and practically in my lap! The kids (age 3, 10 and 13) were having fun. Well the 10yo wouldnt ride with a window down but the 3 yo definitely had no fears, even when he turned around to tell his mom something and came eye to eye with an animal who had stuck its' head into the window!!! I dont think I laughed this hard in a LONG time!

The little zoo was fun too. They did tell us the later in the day you arrive the less interaction you will have with the giraffes, as unlike their counterparts, they do not come running for the food. Guess they were pretty well fed by the time we arrived. The snack/food bar was not open when we went, looking forward to that when we go back this summer.

It was a bit pricey to get in, however understandable with the cost to upkeep the park and animals. Definitely worth the trip to go back there!

Visited August 2012
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