Located inside the Gift Shop and at the African Village Cafe.


Our mutliple dining options are able to meet all your food and beverage needs; from snacks to full-on lunches, the possibilities are endless. Gluten-free options available.


Over 700 parking spaces for your convenience at no additional cost.


The Virginia Zoo Gift Shop is located inside the Zoo to the left of the Membership office.


Temporarily Closed – Located at the Animal Wellness Campus, this playground consists of five enrichment items, identical to the ones the Zoo gives its own animals. The“mulch”in the Enrichment Playground is made from recycled tires.

OpenRun Wild: Nature Discovery Zone is a one-acre natural playground that stimulates the imagination and allow children to take calculated risks, which help them to build critical decision-making skills. Features include a bamboo maze, stump jump, willow tunnel, dig boxes (temporarily closed), balance beams and a Conservation Cabin.


Located inside the Zoo:

  • Next to the Membership office
  • Next to the Beastro at the ZooFarm
  • Temporarily Closed – Within the World of Reptiles and Friends
  • Adjacent to the Run Wild! Nature Discovery Zone
  • Between Tiger and Otter/Gibbon exhibit in Asia
  • Outside of the African Village Cafe

There are several security personnel located on grounds at all times. The security office is located on the second floor inside the Admin Building.

sensory inclusion

The Virginia Zoo has partnered with non-profit KultureCity to become a certified sensory-inclusive facility.

Sensory backpacks and weighted lap pads are available at the Stroller Shack located inside the Zoo, to the left upon entering through the Ticket Booth.

Bags include: noise reducing headphones, wacky track fidget, Monkey tube fidget, Marble fidget, visual cue card and KultureCity VIP lanyard.

Bags are available for checkout at no cost to those visiting the Zoo.

Click here for more information.


Strollers/wagons can be rented for the day at $7. Unfortunately we do not offer double-wide strollers, but the wagons do seat two children. They can be found out side the Zoo’s Gift Shop.

Motorized and regular wheelchairs available for rent. The motorized wheelchairs cost $30/members and $35/nonmembers. Regular wheelchairs are $12. All costs are for the entire day.


Temporarily Closed

Join the fun at one of the most-loved attractions at the Virginia Zoo. The entry plaza fountains are beautiful to see and hard to resist. Don’t forget to pack the kid’s bathing suits when you visit the Zoo, so everyone can enjoy the fun.

Pleasant seating is provided for those who want to relax and watch their excited children frolic in the water.

Fountains will be turned off during inclement weather.

zoo train

Heat and Weather Depending

Climb aboard the Norfolk Southern Express at the Beazley Station in the Zoo’s plaza for a fun and informative journey around the Zoo!

Train rides cost $2 per person.

The Zoo train will only operate during times that the temperature is above 55 degrees. The train will be closed during inclement weather and extreme temperatures.