A few weeks ago just before school was officially out we decided to ditch it all and go to the Metro Richmond Zoo. I’ve been dying to get back there since we first visited back in 2011 when our family only consisted of 3. During our first visit, I deemed Metro Richmond my favorite zoo and this trip confirmed my kids loved it just as much as I do.
When we first arrived the kids (myself included) took off toward the flamingos. Who doesn’t love flamingos
One of the things that have me smitten with the Metro Richmond Zoo is how interactive and up-close you can get with the animals.
Let me tell you this as a warning; Vayda is not afraid to “get up in there” when it comes to animals. When she was just 1 years old she walked up to our neighbors German Shepard (who was never leashed-rolls eyes) and patted him right on the nose-I was horrified but she was elated, thank goodness the dog was as old as dirt and not aggressive but since then she’s picked up dragon flys, frogs and anything that will stand still long enough to be caught so this trip to the Richmond Zoo was definitely a treat for her.
Zion, on the other hand, ain’t really into all of that, he’d much rather observe from afar and Zan is just along for the ride.
Brown Sugar was temporarily out of commission due to shoulder surgery so he was the designated stroller pusher.
There are all sorts of wild birds just walking around the zoo real bosslike so don’t be surprised if you have to make way for a peacock. We saw chickens, ducks and even white peacocks.
I really wanted to ride the Safari Skyride but my husband was not having it so I’ll have to sneak away to ride it on my own one day.
Feeding the Giraffes
Our favorite part was definitely feeding the giraffes. At most zoos we’ve visited the giraffes are really far away but here the giraffes meet you at the door!
I like to call this the bird cage. In the bird cage, you hold out your bird feed sticks –you can purchase these at the door, and watch the birds flock to you like the lady off Home Alone. The very first time we went into the Budgie Aviary I freaked all the way out and I freaked out a lil bit this time too but it was still plenty of fun and we got some great photos. Of course, Vayda was here for all of this too. Zan needed a bit of coaxing but he eventually got with the program.
After a while, the birds were just getting tired of Vayda so we pretty much had to drag her out of there.
*Note please watch your small kid’s with the bird sticks we had to stop Zan from eating the sticks not once but twice -I promise I feed him ya’ll.
I heard camels will spit on you so it was great that we could still feed the camels but keep some safe distance.
Since our first visit they’ve added a playground near the picnic area and my kids’ absolutely loved it! I’m seriously thinking about investing in one of these for my backyard.
By the time we left the kids were good and tired but still very hesitant to leave.
Things you should know
-You won’t have to fight for parking, there’s plenty of space and parking is free!
-Bring sunglasses or a hat, even if you think you don’t need it you’ll look really cool like my husband did.
-Bring drinks, there isn’t much shade so you’ll want to stay hydrated..
-Bring Hand Sanitizer-Although there are plenty of sanitizer stations it won’t hurt to have your own.
-They’ve recently added a Zip Lining Course and Adventure park so I’ll be back soon to try both.
More pictures below