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“Small zoo, many exhibits closed for renovations.”
Review of Virginia Zoo

Virginia Zoo
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$46.00*
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Norfolk Passport to Fun
Ranked #5 of 71 things to do in Norfolk
Certificate of Excellence
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Small zoo, many exhibits closed for renovations.”
Reviewed July 6, 2012 via mobile

It's a small zoo but has all the animals your little ones anticipate seeing at a zoo (elephants, giraffes, monkeys, tiger/lion). The train ride was enjoyable for our children (ages 4 & 5) but the "guided tour" wasn't as informative as we'd hoped for. I wouldn't waste my money on it if we went again. Many exhibits were closed for renovation (part of the Asia habitat, the prairie dog exhibit, the petting zoo/farm, many animals weren't in their habitats). We never saw the meerkats, kangaroo, or turtles. Not sure if they were hiding or inside(?). When we went it was very hot outside so most of the animals were hiding out/sleeping in the shade or inside where they sleep at night. My kids especially loved playing in the fountains after walking several hours in the high temps. Beware that you cannot enter the gift shop if you or your child has wet clothing on. You'll want to get your souvenirs before heading back to the fountains.

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Suffolk, Virginia
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18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“day at the zoo”
Reviewed July 4, 2012

i took my kids on a spring day . i really enjoyed the orangatang he cuddled his cute spongebob blankie too cute , i must say seemed like all the other animals were hiding or sleeping tht day

Visited April 2012
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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“BEAUTIFUL!!!”
Reviewed June 26, 2012

I am a huge animal enthusiast and this zoo was perfect! It may be smaller than most zoos, but it was well worth the admission price of $11. It is family-oriented. Early on the weekdays are the best to go, it was only a few families with small children. The animals are very happy and it you catch a keeper out in an exhibit, feel free to chat them up. We talked to the keeper in the Australia exhibit.
The gift shop was reasonably priced. Their beautiful postcards were only 49 cents!
I would definatly go back again!

Visited June 2012
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Norfolk, Virginia
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27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“FANTASTIC”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

The zoo has been growing and expanding. There ars so many interesting areas and animals to see. It is very well worth the time and price of admission.

Visited February 2012
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“for the kids”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

My kids love it at the zoo. It is always kept clean and the animals are beautiful. Sometimes there is web cams that you can watch online of the baby animals. Its awesome family time.

Visited November 2011
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