Virginia Safari Park
There’s a place right around the corner nestled near the Blue Ridge Mountains and teeming with wild animals. At Virginia Safari Park, a meandering driving path winds through 180 acres of wildlife. The park aims to replicate a natural habitat for the animals as much as possible. Emphasizing human-animal communication, the park lets visitors feed the animals directly, right from their cars. Virginia Safari Park has been recognized as a great family outing and was recently awarded sixth place in the “Top 10 Animal Attractions in the U.S.” list by FamilyFun magazine.
For a compelling alternative to driving, check out the 10-acre village walk-through. This area comprises a giraffe feeding station that’s raised to bring visitors eye-to-eye with the long-necked animals; the tiger territory, an area featuring Bengal tigers; a budgie adventure aviary where visitors can feed vibrant birds that like to rest on hands; a kangaroo walk-about where visitors can observe the fun marsupials; and a petting area with goats, pigs, chickens and llamas. There are a number of other exhibits in the village as well as wagon rides. / Natural Bridge; virginiasafaripark.com; Admission: $17.95 for adults, $16.95 for seniors, $11.95 for children, free for children 1 year and under; additional $6.50 per person for wagon rides