The Top Things You Need to Know Before Going to Virginia Safari Park

There is so much to do when you visit Natural Bridge, including going on a safari! Virginia Safari Park is a drive-thru zoo with hundreds of free-roaming animals. This unique experience gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the animals and feed theright from your car. From a farm petting zoo to penguins to rhinos, this safari park packs a lot into a day at the zoo. 

You can easily spend an entire day at the safari, but you’ll need to fill the rest of your trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Get our complimentary Vacation Guide to start planning your wildest getaway yet!

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Everything You Need to Know About Virginia Safari Park 

What to Expect

The park is 180 acres with the main attraction being the 3+ mile Safari Drive-thru. There is also the Safari Village which is more like a traditional zoo where you walk around and view the animals. 

What Can You Do? 

Giraffe peaks head over a fence

When you first enter the park, buy some animal feed and hit the Safari Drive-thru. Feed the free-roaming animals like camelselk, and ostriches. This can take a while because the animals are known to lay in the middle of the road for as long as they like. Once you make it through, park your car and enter the Safari Village. You’ll have the chance to feed giraffes and budgies, observe the tiger territory, pet farm animals, visit the penguins, and walk among kangaroos! For an extra fee, you can also have an up-close encounter with rhinos, sloths, or penguins. If you get hungry, there is a café with concession stand food.

How Much Is It? 

Adults are $23.95 Monday through Friday and $26.95 on weekends. Seniors 65 and older save a dollar on their tickets. Kids between the ages of two and 12 are $15.95 on weekdays and $18.95 on weekends. Kids under two are free, and prices vary on holidays.

When Can You Go? 

Virginia Safari Park is open seven days a week from mid-March through November. Hours vary based on the season, but the park always opens at 9 a.m. and closes at either 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m., or 6:30 p.m. The last car is admitted an hour and a half before closing. Check the hours and get details before your visit. 

What Else Do You Need to Know? 

Your ticket is good all day, so you can leave the park for lunch and come back. For the Safari Drive-thru, all cars must have doors, and doors must remain closed. You can’t bring in your own animal feed or any pets. 

Relax at the Natural Bridge Hotel

Natural Bridge Hotel lobby with glass doors, large furniture and front desk, and black and white tiled floors

After you take a walk on the wild side, you’ll want a place to rest. Natural Bridge Hotel is perfect because we’re just five miles from Virginia Safari Park! To make the most out of your adventure with the family, we recommend our Family Fun Outdoor Package. This package includes overnight accommodations, breakfast each morning, and two adult and two child tickets to the Natural Bridge State Park and the Caverns at Natural Bridge. If it’s just you and that special someone, we have several other packages available.

We offer comfortable Main Inn RoomsPremium Second-Floor Balcony RoomsGuest Rooms on Cottage Hill, and Veranda Rooms. With more than 150 rooms to choose from, you’re sure to find the one for you!

Check our availability to start planning your adventure in Natural Bridge!