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Virginia Zoo

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Address: 3500 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23504-1329
Phone Number: 757 441 2374
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Norfolk's Hidden Treasure

The Virginia Zoo is filled with various animals, exhibits and information that will entertain people of all ages. Inside the entrance is a water exhibit for kids to play in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Cecilia Z
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Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Virginia Zoo is filled with various animals, exhibits and information that will entertain people of all ages. Inside the entrance is a water exhibit for kids to play in. There are also benches to allow adults to rest and watch their kids play. The Tiger Exhibit is really neat the way it is designed. The African Exhibit is also... More 

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Thank Cecilia Z
Hampton, Virginia
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have been to the zoo so many times. We always start with the train ride ($2 extra). Plan to walk a lot so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Exhibits are wonderfully made and we always stop by the gift shop on the way out!!

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Thank SusieS525
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went just after the rain and it was great cause the animals were cooled off enough to be more active and about. Greatest part was walking among the kangaroos, wallabies, and emus in their exhibit!

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Thank Rachael M
Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is not a huge zoo,but is a decent size. I read previous reviews stating that the enclosures were not nice. I do not agree. I think the zoo did a nice job with their enclosures, and you can see where they are continuing to make updates and improvements. I especially loved how the Asian inspired section of the zoo... More 

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Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The one thing that differentiates this zoo from other zoos that I have visited is the volunteers/ workers. At many of the animal enclosures throughout the zoo is a person who is there to give information about the animals. They will move throughout the section and talk about each of the animals in the section. We were impressed with a... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We love zoos and aquariums, and this is one of my new favorites. The first section is done so well - it feels like an amusement park. Very nice visit. Unfortunately, the small animal/reptile house was closed for renovations, but maybe we'll see that next time.

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Richmond, Virginia
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have wanted to visit this Zoo for years and finally did it! While the Zoo is not large, they have a good assortment of animals and a good layout with natural habitats and wide walking areas. There is also a good amount of shade and seating areas. Water fountains in the entrance area gives children a great chance to... More 

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Thank Melanie M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is our second trip to this zoo while on vacation. Nice size, not gigantic lots to see and get closer to animals. Habitats are nice and the grand baby liked the little spray park when you first come into zoo. We save that for last to cool off. Food is pretty tasteless, except popcorn.

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Thank Jackie U
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved visiting the Virginia Zoo. The water play area is a big hit. It is great to take a break and let the kids cool off in the middle of the day. I recommend getting there when the Zoo opens at 10am. The animals seem more active. The zoo is very cleam and the staff is very friendly and... More 

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Thank Amanda X
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love this zoo. It's well kept and a great place to spend an afternoon. Week days are best (wknds are a zoo! Lol). Worth getting a membership. 4stars only tho because I want to see penguins and hippos too!

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