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Natural Bridge Zoo

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5784 South Lee Highway, Natural Bridge, VA 24578
+1 540-291-2420
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Come Ride an Elephant

This is a great little zoo that is most defiantly worth a stop. You can ride "Beautiful" the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Jay B
Ranger, Georgia
I rode an elephant!!!

Yes, it was on my bucket list to ride an elephant. What fun we had. It costs 6 dollars. Check... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Laura A
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The Natural Bridge Zoo Park is and always has been privately owned and has never accepted any sort of federal, state, or local funding. The Natural Bridge Zoo opened its doors to the general public in 1972 and has been growing ever since. The main purpose for Natural Bridge Zoo has always been the propagation and rearing of threatened or endangered species. We try to offer students and the general public the opportunity to learn about the living animals, birds, and reptiles that share the earth with us. Many children have little or no contact with natural living things in their daily lives. While television programs are educational, there is nothing like standing next to a giraffe, getting nuzzled by a llama, hugging a baby dromedary camel, or gazing into the eyes of a huge white tiger to make you feel and appreciate our wonderful world of animals.
  • Excellent39%
  • Very good25%
  • Average12%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible18%
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“elephant ride” (30 reviews)
“baby tigers” (22 reviews)
“small zoo” (21 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
5784 South Lee Highway, Natural Bridge, VA 24578
+1 540-291-2420
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great little zoo that is most defiantly worth a stop. You can ride "Beautiful" the elephant, take a behind the scene tour to get an up close encounter with the animals. They have Zebra, Giraffe, Elephant. Tigers and much much more. We...More

Thank Jay B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes, it was on my bucket list to ride an elephant. What fun we had. It costs 6 dollars. Check for the days and time as they change throughout the year. You can hand feed deer, llamas, parrots and giraffes. There are a lot more...More

Thank Laura A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My tween daughter saw this advertised and begged to go on our way through Virginia. Initially I was reluctant as it looked a bit sketchy and I imagined poor animals in squalor conditions. I was pleasantly surprised that this was not the case. Most animals...More

Thank Kalana
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a long holiday weekend(Independence day) we were making our way back from visiting our son's base in Georgia. At about halfway, heading home to Philly we pulled over and got a night's sleep and resumed our drive early the next morning. We found a...More

Thank Andy S
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We had such a great time if you want to see animals specially monkeys well worth going to just to see them or tigers

Thank Stacy W
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

This is the best. Zoo I have ever been too! All the zookeepers are kind, knowledgeable and friendly. The animals were all content, well feed and clean. It was blistering humid/ hot day but all the animals were relaxed and comfortable. We petted so many...More

1  Thank deborahvidovich3
Reviewed 6 August 2017

As a huge fan of zoos, especially struggling little zoos this review is difficult for me to express with a heavy heart. I am giving this an average rating because the zoo part was ok, needs some updates but average roadside type of zoo. We...More

2  Thank Christian C
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

The allure of the animals was overshadowed by the size of their cages. Even the children walking through were commenting on how small the cages were and how sad the animals looked. It was fun to feed the giraffes and the deer, but they were...More

Thank Ostockma
Reviewed 20 July 2017

This was by far the best zoo experience we have had as a family. The zoo isn't large and doesn't offer as many amenities as some of the larger zoos we have been too, but what it does have are happy animals. All of the...More

1  Thank Nicolas O
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

We had a wonderful time. My son loved feeding the different animals,especially the giraffes. It is small easy to do in a short time but very nice to take your time and walk through. Great visit.

1  Thank Tiffany N
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