Multiple dining options meet all your food and beverage needs; from snacks to full-on lunches, the possibilities are endless. Gluten-free options available.
African Village Cafe (open) – located at the entrance of Africa – Okavango Delta. Outdoor seating and bathrooms located here. An ATM can be found inside the restaurant.
Beastro (closed for the season) – located next to the World of Reptiles and Friends
Snack Shack (closed for the season) – located in the Zoo’s Plaza and entrance
Dippin’ Dots (closed for the season) – located near the Aldabra tortoise exhibit
Please note that outside food or drinks are not allowed inside the Zoo. You may bring in a reusable water bottle.
If you want to have a picnic lunch, visit Lafayette Park, just outside the Virginia Zoo. The park includes seating and picnic shelters.
Run 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. Run Wild: Nature Discovery Zone made possible by the Rotary District 7600, Norfolk Rotary Charities, Inc., Norfolk Sunrise Rotary, the Virginia Beach Rotary Club Foundation, Wells Fargo and Target.
Snavely the Rhinoceros viper is a 67-foot-long snake sculpture that doubles as a children’s play structure. The snake is constructed out of reinforced fiberglass and weighs almost 9,000 pounds. He earned his name thanks to a generous donation from the Goode Family, and can be found in a shaded area adjacent to the World of Reptiles and Friends where you can find the real snakes he is modeled after!
Enrichment Playground (Temporarily Closed) is located at the Animal Wellness Campus, consisting of enrichment items, identical to the ones the Zoo gives its own animals. The “mulch” in the Enrichment Playground is made from recycled tires.
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 Gift Shop 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.
The Virginia Zoo Gift Shop is open daily and located inside the Zoo to the left of the Membership office. Shop a wide variety of items for Zoo lovers of all ages, many of which support conservation efforts around the world. Visit the Online Gift Shop, coming soon!
An ATM can be found at the back of the Gift Shop.
Located inside the World of Reptiles, a Mother’s Nursing room is found between the Frog Conservation Lab and Aquatic Gallery.
Strollers and wheelchairs can be rented for the day on a first-come, first-serve basis. They can be found outside the Zoo’s Gift Shop at the Stroller Shack.
All costs are for the entire day.
Closed for the Season
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 are available June through Labor Day and will be turned off during inclement weather.
Temporarily CLOSED until further notice for Maintenance and Testing
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.
The Virginia Zoo’s Augmented Reality Tour powered by ECPI and Life Preserve was created to give Zoo visitors insider information about our animals here at the Virginia Zoo and their counterparts in the wild.
The tour features 12 stops around the Zoo and offers visitors the opportunity to learn about our animal residents, conservation efforts for the species, watch behind-the-scenes videos and more!
Click here to learn more about the Zoo’s Augmented Reality Tour.
In an effort to reduce single-use plastics, the Virginia Zoo features bottle fill stations throughout the Zoo and we encourage all visitors to bring a reusable bottle to the Zoo. Don’t have one? The Zoo’s Gift Shop offers a variety of sizes and colors for all Zoo lovers.
Locations: ZooFarm, Run Wild: Nature Discovery Zone, Entrance of Africa – Okovango Delta