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?
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
- Zoo Treat Cup – – – – – – – $3.00
- Budgie Stick – – – – – – – – $2.00
- 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
- Black Bear
- Bengal Tiger
- Gray Wolf
- 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 GIRAFFES
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!
FEED THE BUDGIES
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 Feeding||11:00 AM + 4:00 PM|
|Otter Feeding||10:30 AM + 3:30 PM|
|Siamang Feeding||2:30 PM|
|Cheetah Talk*||11:30 AM|
CHILDREN’S PETTING AREA
Ride the Rides
- Safari Sky Lift
- Safari Train Ride
- Penguin Falls Drop Tower
- Jungle Carousel
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.
We couldn’t get enough of the cute baby primate swinging from a rope!
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