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  • Zoos Are Original Family Fun

    by Casey | Posted on May 25th, 2010

    Wild times are calling! For families with children under 12, zoos are great places to spend the day. Pack a picnic, sunscreen, a few bottles of water, and you’re well on your way to a happy day in Virginia!

    Traditional Zoos

    Metro Richmond Zoo

    Metro Richmond Zoo

    • The Metro Richmond Zoo in Chesterfield County is home to more than 1,500 animals. There are new additions to the zoo family since last year. See the critically endangered Diana monkey born April 3rd, and a new giraffe born December 31st!  You’ll be surprised to learn that African penguins make two feeding appearances each day. For a view from on high, take a ride on the Safari Sky Ride!
      • Admission: Children under 2 are free; 2-11 are $26; 12-60 are $32; 60+ are $29
      • Hours: Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • At Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke you’ll find 88 animals, including endangered species like the Snow Leopard, Red Panda, and Andean Condor.  Have you ever seen a Wallaby or a Wolverine? You can here! For $2, you can take two trips around the zoo grounds on the ZooChoo!
      • Admission: Children 2 and under are free; 3-11 are $5; Adults are $7
      • Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • See Virginia’s first colony of breeding flamingos at Natural Bridge Zoo in Natural Bridge. This is also the place to take a ride on an African Elephant ($5 fee) and have your photo taken with tiger cubs!
      • Admission: Children 2 and under are free; 3-12 are $8; Adults are $12; 65+ are $10
      • Hours: Varies by season, but generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • In Norfolk you’ll find the Virginia Zoo, a Virginia Green certified attraction and home to more than 350 animals. “Willow,” a giraffe, was born in October 2009 along with three rare Bongo calves delivered between August and October. Also fairly new are four tiger cubs born this time last year. Take a ride on their Zoo Train ($2) to hear interesting animal facts.
      • Admission: Children under 2 are free; 2-11 are $6; Adults are $8; 62+: $7
      • Hours: Daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Drive-Thru Zoos

    Virginia Safari Park

    Virginia Safari Park

    • The Virginia Safari Park in Natural Bridge is a 180-acre free-roaming animal preserve. Also on-site is a giraffe feeding station, where you can get eye to eye with those big beauties, a petting area, a tiger exhibit, and a free-flight aviary. Take a drive through the park in your own vehicle or climb aboard a tractor-drawn wagon.
      • Admission: Children 2 and under are free; 3-12 are $10; Adults are $14; 65+ are $13
      • Hours: Varies by season, but generally 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Fort Chiswell Animal Park in Max Meadows invites you to climb aboard their safari bus for a ride to see animals who want to see you!
      • Admission: Children 2 and under are free; Children are $10; Adults are $12
      • Hours: Varies by season, but generally 10 a.m. t0 4 p.m.

    Alpaca Farms and Zoos for Little Ones

    • Hunt Club Petting Farm in Virginia Beach offers pony rides and opportunities to get to know sheep, llamas, donkeys, zebu cows, pigs, and others.
      • Admission: Children under 2 are free; all others are $3
      • Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • In Ridgeway, a visit to Infinity Acres Alpaca Farm & Petting Ranch yields a guided tour to meet each of the animals.
      • Admission: $5 per person
      • Hours: By Appointment

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