Family Day Trip to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk – Itinerary & Tips

Family Day Trip to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk – Itinerary & Tips

Virginia Zoo in Norfolk


Address: 3500 Granby St, Norfolk, VA 23504
(757) 441-2374

Seasonal Hours

  • Open Daily from 9:30 am – 4 pm, except major winter holidays (Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day)

Admission Info


How much does it cost?

  • Adults (ages 12+) $17.95
  • Seniors (ages 62+) $15.95
  • Children (ages 2-11) $14.95


  • Children under 2
  • Virginia Zoo Members
  • Individuals with ADA-Recognized Disability and One Companion can receive free admission upon request. Advance reservation by phone is no longer available and walk-up entry is permitted for this discount only. Any additional paid tickets cannot be purchased onsite and must be reserved in advance online.


Membership Levels

  • $69 One Adult
  • $89 Zoo for Two
  • $109 One Adult + children or grandchildren
  • $129 Household (2 Adults + children)


Tips for Visiting the Virginia 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
  • We love to grab an early lunch before the rest of the visitors
  • If you are local, opt for the membership – it pays for itself
  • Snap a photo of the map kiosk so you can easily look up where you’re headed
  • Grab a spot on the bench by the large snake play area for kids


Parking is FREE at the Zoo. There is a large parking lot and even on busy days we’ve never not been able to fins a spot.

What Animals are at the Norfolk Virginia Zoo?

Activities at the Zoo

Where to Eat at the Zoo?

There’s a cafe at the Norfolk Zoo where you can grab a snack or lunch. We opted for the hot dogs, chicken nuggets and fries and a popcorn. It was typical fried food, better than the chinese resturant, comparable to Wendy’s.

Don’t forget to get Dippin’ Dots at the kiosk near the exit or over by the turtle sculpture!

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

  • The Chrysler Museum of Art
  • Nauticus
  • American Rover Sailing Cruises
  • Childrens Museum of Virginia
  • Norfolk Botanical Garden
  • Cloud9 Trampoline Park
  • Virginia Beach Rock Gym
Family Day Trip to the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk - Itinerary & Tips

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