Virginia is jam-packed with zoos and aquariums offering kids and adults the opportunity to get up close and personal with hundreds of species of wildlife. Experiences range from drive-thru safari parks, underwater exhibits and boat tours, and even life-sized dinosaur parks. Plan your next outing to one of these many zoos and aquariums across the state for a memorable family adventure.Virginia Aquarium — Virginia Beach
Virginia Safari Park — Natural Bridge
Don’t miss the only drive-thru zoo in the state at Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge! View and feed more than 1,200 free roaming animals through the comfort of your own car. The three-mile route winds through the beautiful Shenandoah Valley countryside where you’ll feed camels, zebras, elk, llamas, bison and more! Or opt to take a 45-minute guided tour on the Safari Wagon Ride.
Virginia Zoo — Norfolk
Also commonly known as Virginia Zoological Park, the zoo opened in 1901 and is home to more than 700 extraordinary animals representing more than 150 species. Across 53 acres in the Coastal Virginia city of Norfolk, you’ll find landscapes inspired by different continents including Asia, Australia, and North America as well as reptile exhibits and a Zoo Farm! Be sure to check the calendar of events and current exhibits as they are ever-changing.
Virginia Living Museum — Newport News
Discover Virginia’s natural heritage from the mountains to the ocean at the Virginia Living Museum. Meet animals that live in cypress swamps, mountain coves, limestone caves, and in the Chesapeake Bay. Experience the Touch Tank and walk along the boardwalk outside to view coastal birds, beavers, otters and so much more. Don’t miss the Butterfly Garden and Virginia Garden – home to the most extensive display of native plants in Virginia.
Mill Mountain Zoo — Roanoke
Located within the 568-acre Mill Mountain Park, the zoo overlooks the city of Roanoke and is next to the famous Star landmark. Home to vulnerable and endangered species like snow leopards, red pandas and wolves, Mill Mountain Zoo offers many fun and educational opportunities year-round.