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


Our multiple 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.

OPEN: African Village Cafe – located at the entrance of Africa – Okavango Delta

Beastro – located next to the World of Reptiles and Friends

Snack Shack – located in the Zoo’s Plaza and entrance

Dippin’ Dots – 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, consider visiting Lafayette Park, just outside the Virginia Zoo. Located at the intersection of Granby and 35th Streets, the park features picnic shelters and a new playground. For information about this park or the City of Norfolk’s Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.norfolk.gov/rpos.


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


The Virginia Zoo Gift Shop is open daily and 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.

Open – 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.

Open – 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 sitting in a nice, shady area adjacent to the World of Reptiles and Friends where you can find the real snakes he is modeled after!

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 at the Stroller Shack.

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

Temperature 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.