Family Day Trip to the Metro Richmond Zoo, VA – Itinerary & Tips

Family Day Trip to the Metro Richmond Zoo, VA – Itinerary & Tips

The Richmond Zoo: Seeing leopards, giraffes, and chimpanzees up close can be an unforgettable experience for your kids! It’s an opportunity to learn about different species and their habitats while also having some family fun.

If you’re looking for an exciting day trip, the zoo is the perfect option. And if you live near one of the larger zoos in the country, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Have you been to the Metro Richmond Zoo in Moseley, VA with your family recently? What was your favorite part?

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Metro Richmond Zoo Details

Address:  8300 Beaver Bridge Rd Moseley, VA 23120

Phone: (804) 739-5666



Map to Metro Richmond Zoo

Richmond Zoo Seasonal Hours

Open Year Round

  • Open Monday – Saturday from 9:30 am – 5pm
  • Closed Sundays
  • Except major winter holidays Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day

Richmond Zoo Tickets

We love that the Richmond Zoo is open year round- even in the cooler months, Virginia weather is fair enough to venture through the exhibits and have an ice cream or hot chocolate in any season!


How much does it cost?

  • Adults (ages 12+) $23.95
  • Seniors (ages 62+) $22.95
  • Children (ages 2-11) $17.95
  • Infants 2 & Under Free

Extras & Add Ons

Animal Food

  • Zoo Treat Cup – – – – – – – $3.00
  • Budgie Stick – – – – – – – –  $2.00

Ride Tickets

  • Safari Sky Lift – – – – – – – – – – $4.00
  • Safari Train Ride – – – – – – – –  $4.00
  • Penguin Falls Drop Tower – – – $4.00
  • Jungle Carousel – – – – – – – – $2.00
  • Unlimited Ride Band – – – – – –  $14.00

Rides are FREE for Gold and Gold+ Members

Tips for Visiting the Richmond Zoo

  • Arrive early when it’s not crowded
  • The cooler months (fall, spring) are wonderful for enjoying the zoo to the fullest without the full heat of summer
  • Snap a photo of the map kiosk so you can easily look up where you’re headed

Is Richmond Zoo Parking Free?

Parking is FREE at the Richmond Zoo in Moseley, VA. There is a large parking lot and even on busy days we’ve never not been able to find a spot.

What Animals are at the Metro Richmond Zoo?

The Richmond Zoo has many different animals that you can see. They have lions, tigers, bears, and monkeys.

Here’s a list of our favorite animal exhibits at the Richmond Zoo (but not exhaustive by any means):

  • African Otter
  • Alligator
  • Black Bear
  • Camel
  • Bengal Tiger
  • Macaw
  • Cheetah
  • Flamingo
  • Chimpanzee
  • Monkey/Primates
  • Zebra
  • Gray Wolf
  • Meerkat
  • Giraffe
  • Sloth
  • Siamang
  • White Rhino
  • Yellow Lab mix & Cheetah

Activities at the Richmond Zoo

In addition to walking through the gorgeous zoo campus and watching the animals, it’s easy to fill your day with fun around the zoo. These are the best extras you can add to your trip!

feed the animals at the richmond zoo


You can buy a treat cup for the giraffes for $3 and it’s worth every penny. They come right up to the fence and eat from your hand. It’s the wildest experience!

giraffe feeding at the metro richmond zoo
giraffe feeding at the metro richmond zoo


There is a cute tropical bird enclosure where you can feed the birds as they flock to your arms and shoulders to drink nectar from a cup.


*Check for daily schedule. It’s a fun free way to learn more about these endangered animals, watch them chow down and see them interact with their trusted keepers. Here is the typical feeding and keeper talk schedule.

Penguin Feeding11:00 AM + 4:00 PM
Otter Feeding10:30 AM + 3:30 PM
Siamang Feeding2:30 PM
Cheetah Talk*11:30 AM


petting zoo at richmond zoo
petting zoo at richmond zoo

Ride the Rides

  • Safari Sky Lift 
  • Safari Train Ride
  • Penguin Falls Drop Tower 
  • Jungle Carousel
skyride at richmond zoo

Where to Eat at the Richmond Zoo?

Pick up lunch or a snack at our food locations:

  • Penguin Falls Café located by the penguin exhibit
  • Cheetah Eat Café located by the front entrance
  • Banana Breeze located by the budgie aviary
  • Rhino Breeze located by the rhino exhibit

More of Our Favorite Animals as the Metro Richmond Zoo

Cheetah & Lab Duo: We love this cute pair! It’s definitely a hit.

cheetah and dog duo at the richmond zoo
cheetah and dog duo at the richmond zoo
cheetah and dog duo at the richmond zoo
cheetah and dog duo at the richmond zoo

We couldn’t get enough of the cute baby primate swinging from a rope!

siamangs playing at the richmond zoo
siamangs playing at the richmond zoo

Other great things to do with kids near the Virginia Zoo:

  • CMOR- Children’s Museum of Richmond
  • Science Museum
  • Maymont’s Nature Center
  • The Richmond Railroad Museum
  • The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Chesterfield County Public Libraries

Love the Zoo? Plan your trip to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk.

Activities at the Richmond Zoo
Activities at the Richmond Zoo
Activities at the Richmond Zoo
Activities at the Richmond Zoo

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