Zoos, Animal Parks, & More!

by Liz Jones | June 23, 2019 9:00 am

Pack a picnic lunch, load up the minivan, and head to one of these great spots for encounters of the furry, feathered, and scaled kind!

Kidwell Farm at Frying Pan Farm Park[1] | Herndon, VA
About 4-miles from Dulles International Airport

Enjoy visiting Fairfax County’s oldest working farm that dates bake to the 1930s! Visit with their farm animals and enjoy their many trails[2], playgrounds, and even a carousel. Visit them online to plan ahead for a wagon ride[3], special event[4], or seasonal festival.

Roer’s Zoofari[5] | Vienna, VA
About 8-miles from Dulles International Airport

At Roer’s, while visiting the animals, you can also hand feed and pet many, too! Plus, don’t miss their open-air bus for a narrated tour through a free-roaming safari to learn about zebra, bison, watusi, buffalo, deer, llamas, and many more!

Ticonderoga Farm[6] | Chantilly, VA
About 13-miles from Dulles International Airport

Outdoor fun can be found on this 1,000-acre, 5th generation farm that features goats, sheep, and pigs! Be sure to join them at one of their many festivals or daily during seasonal festivals to enjoy playgrounds, jumping pillows, pedal carts, slides, a willow maze, and much more!

Leesburg Animal Park[7] | Leesburg, VA
About 17-miles from Dulles International Airport

Not only get the chance to see a wide variety of animal friends at this 21-acre local park, but also enjoy hand-feeding many, as well! Plus, enjoy live animal shows, an indoor playground, and seasonal festivals that are a can’t-miss!

Smithsonian’s National Zoo[8] | Washington, DC
About 24-miles from Dulles International Airport

Operated by the Smithsonian, enjoy free admission as you get to see animals in a variety of sizes exhibited throughout this almost 200-acre park. The Great Ape House, Reptile Discovery Center, and Giant Panda habitat are popular attractions and a can’t-miss!

Great Country Farms[9] | Bluemont, VA
About 34-miles from Dulles International Airport

Plenty of friendly barnyard friends awaits your visit at this working farm, including cows, chickens, pigs, and miniature horses. Make a day of it by playing on rope swings or a giant jumping pillow, picking fresh produce, playing a round of putt-putt, enjoying a country hayride, and much more!

Luray Zoo[10] | Luray, VA
About 80-miles from Dulles International Airport

Luray Zoo is the only true rescue zoo in Virginia. Residents of the zoo are retired zoo animals, unwanted pets, confiscated animals, and sadly, abused animals. Interestingly, one of the largest venomous snake collections on the east coast is housed at this facility!

Disclaimer/Terms[11]: These opportunities are subject to last minute cancellations and changes that might not be reflected in this DullesMoms.com post. Please, always confirm by calling/clicking.


  1. Kidwell Farm at Frying Pan Farm Park: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fryingpanpark/
  2. trails: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/frying-pan-park/trails
  3. wagon ride: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/frying-pan-park/wagon-ride
  4. special event: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/frying-pan-park/events
  5. Roer’s Zoofari: http://www.roerszoofari.com/
  6. Ticonderoga Farm: http://www.ticonderoga.com/
  7. Leesburg Animal Park: http://www.leesburganimalpark.com/
  8. Smithsonian’s National Zoo: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/
  9. Great Country Farms: http://www.greatcountryfarms.com/
  10. Luray Zoo: http://www.lurayzoo.com/
  11. Terms: http://dullesmoms.com/terms-conditions/

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