Virginia Zoo in Norfolk
Region: Norfolk, Other
The Virginia Zoological Park seeks to increase understanding of the world's flora and fauna and to add to the growing body of knowledge about them; to display animals respectfully, in a way that encourages their natural behavior; to conserve animals and their habitats; and to offer opportunities for learning and enjoyment to the public. It will strive to fulfill this mission through education, conservation, research and recreation.
The mission of Virginia Zoological Society is to ensure that the Virginia Zoo thrives as a superior zoological institution, reaching its fullest potential to serve people, animals and the environment through programs that emphasize recreation, education and conservation.
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Virginia Zoo in Norfolk
It was a very nice visit. Good selection of animals for a zoo of this size. It was perfect for younger kids and older individuals as it could be covered in about 2 hours including time to linger at the exhibits. There is ample shady areas and plenty of seating spread throughout. Disabled (ADA qualifying) and one guest can enter at no charge. Sooner interesting exhibits still to come.
Great zoo for small and big kids. Not too large and the terrain is easy to manage. It has a small-town feel and the employees are super friendly. Nothing is too expensive either, especially if you have a military or student discount. And babies are free!
The new reptile house is awesome! I am not a fan, but the habitats and animals are presented really well. I have never seen so many active snakes, frogs, turtles, etc.
If you are in the Hampton Roads area, it's a not to miss attraction.
We love this zoo so far. We became members on our first so that we can take advantage of being able to visit all year long. I think it’s such a magical place to encourage children to love animals just by the sight of it. I love that there’s water fountains everywhere to play, but I’m still concerned for some of the animals. The Asiatic Black Bear’s enclosure has been dry both times we have gone. As in, the waterfall was off and the poor bear is in there all alone, wandering around and panting. The Red Panda also seems to have the same issue. No visible water for it to drink and on our first visit, I remember it pacing in front of the zoo keeper door, waiting for someone to come with food or water. It’s very disheartening, especially with how beautiful most of the enclosures are for these animals, but they should be checked in the afternoon for food and water. Especially now that temperatures are rising. I see a lot of empty bowls and sad looking animals. Again, a beautiful place and may be in need of some extra hands to help care for so many animals, so please continue to visit the zoo and offer support for these beautiful creatures.
We love our zoo! We had not been in a few years since our kids are grown now but we went last Saturday and had a great time. We thought it would be packed because the parking lot was packed and people also parked along the road. But once we got into the park, we were surprised by how it didn’t seem to be crowded at all. I think it’s because the zoo is so spacious and the animals are spread out. There were areas under renovation including the restaurant so they had tents when they were selling refreshments throughout the park. I think it could use more public restrooms. I think there are only two locations. Definitely far between bathrooms for kids and elderly people to walk. The train is a lot of fun and only $2.00 per person, and you see some areas that are not accessible by foot. Children really enjoy the petting zoo with the farm animals as well. There were many knowledgeable staff members throughout the park to answer questions and there were some staffed pop -up activity tables for kids with activity’s that created a tactile experience for kids to help them understand and remember facts about the animals and their natural habitats. It really is a great value for the price and a membership is an exceptional value for Hampton Roads families with a reciprocal program with other museums in the area.
Took our nephews here and were super impressed. They had such an awesome time. The food was much better than at any other zoo we've visited. We loved the walk through Australian exhibit and how close we felt to so many of the other animals as well (like the red panda who was in reaching distance!!!). The layout was great as we didn't have to constantly look at the map to make sure we wouldn't miss anything. I couldn't believe how reasonable the gift shop prices were; only $15 for toys that would have cost $50+ at any other attraction's gift shop. Thanks for the great memories!