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Virginia Zoo

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Address: 3500 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23504-1329
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It was a lot of fun. We got to see the tiger waking up which was pretty cool. You will definitely have to check out the gift shop.

Reviewed 3 days ago
Gloucester, Virginia
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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They should be charging a reduced rate was three areas not open! The white rhinos were not out yet, the reptile area was not open yet and the Australia/Kangaroo area was closed the day we went! What a disappointment.

Thank Christine C
Gloucester, Virginia
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a lot of fun. We got to see the tiger waking up which was pretty cool. You will definitely have to check out the gift shop.

Thank JohnbertLane
Chesapeake, Virginia
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77 reviews
17 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It was a long time since I visited the Norfolk Zoo with my children. I had decided to talk my nephew on the unusually warm February Saturday which was FREE for Virginia residents that month. I was pleasantly surprised on the changes and wonderful new attractions since my last visit over 10 years previously. We had a great time overall... More 

Thank MomDof3
Haddonfield, New Jersey
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had 3 LOs with. Nice simple trail to follow. Stroller friendly. Nice educational plaques. Good availability/choice. All around a nice small/medium sized zoo.

Thank ketmack
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26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I really appreciate how much work goes into creating a high quality experience even when the animals are napping or in in some way not cooperating. I thought the people running this zoo were trying hard and the zoo is laid out nicely, really very nice for people with very young kids, but fun for everyone.

Thank mattmobley
Chantilly, France
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small zoo, but nice. Ticket prices are a little expensive, I'm glad we had the military discount. Exhibits are very clean and the signage is very informative.

Thank zwic2ofus
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are a military family so we are constantly moving. So I have seen my fair share of zoos. Virginia zoo has a huge assortment of different animals for the kiddos to learn about. The people who volunteer there are so knowledgeable about all the animals that it is great to take a moment and just speak with them. There... More 

Thank Alexis P
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we go to the Norfolk Zoo we always have a good time. It's not so overpowering that you don't have a chance to see it all.They are always trying to improve the attractions and grounds. If you have a chance to visit I think you won't be disappointed !

Thank 805claytonh
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo has really improved so much over the years. I have been going for 55 years and really love going. We joined several years ago and enjoy the special membership privilages.

Thank Powell T
Fort Wayne
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81 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It has been about 10 years since our last visit to this zoo, so there have been some additions and improvements since our last visit. Asia is a great addition! We really enjoyed that section of the zoo. But, there seems to be a lot of space that isn't utilized. For the size of the zoo, it is lacking a... More 

Thank JLN73

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