Drive-Thru Tour

Drive-Thru Tour is a new and safe way to experience the Metro Richmond Zoo from the comfort of your own car! 

This is an approximate one hour narrated tour through most parts of the Zoo. Connect your smartphone to the tour audio (must have data to stream narration from a YouTube video). Bring a charged smartphone and connect it to your car’s sound system via Bluetooth or AUX cord! Note: the phone that is playing the audio cannot be used to take pictures.

While the walking zoo is temporarily closed by Governor mandate due to COVID-19, this new, temporary experience allows for easy social distancing.

Drive-Thru Tour Hours & Prices

Monday - Saturday --First car enters at 9:30 a.m. Last car enters at 4:30 p.m.
Drive-Thru Tour Pricing

$60 per Car

During this narrated tour, you will see and learn about giraffe, cheetah, kangaroos, monkeys, chimps, orangutans, penguins, and many more. Buy tickets in advance to reserve a time slot. Availability is limited! Arrive 15 to 20 minutes before your scheduled time block.  Vehicle size must be no larger than a full-size SUV or smaller (Max vehicle specs: 204″ L x 81″ W x 74″ H). Max height including racks or accessories on top of vehicle: 90 inches. No motorcycles, commercial vehicles, or open-sided Jeeps allowed. Arrive with sufficient gas in your vehicle.

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Notice: All persons/vehicles entering Metro Richmond Zoo do so at their own risk. We will not be responsible for injuries to any individual or damage to any vehicle.

Member Benefit

Annual Zoo memberships are paused during the time the walking zoo is closed. They are not valid for Drive-Thru admission. However, as a thank-you for your continued support, we will be giving one $10 promotional voucher per vehicle with an active member present.

Note: Active annual memberships will be extended for the amount of time the walk-in Zoo is closed due to COVID-19. You will still receive 1 full years’ access to walk around the Metro Richmond Zoo.

To Zoo Members
Each car with an active member present, receives a $10 promotional voucher. Credit can be used for admission, food, gift shop, or treetop zoofari purchases. Members must present their active membership card when arriving at the Zoo to receive a $10 voucher. (1 Voucher per car)

Food Menu

Purchase snacks in advance to enjoy during your drive around the Zoo! We will deliver them to your car halfway through the tour.

Hot Dog Meal – Hot dog, french fries, and 20 oz fountain drink$7.00
Chicken Nugget Meal – 6 Chicken nuggets, french fries, and 20 oz fountain drink$7.00
20 oz Fountain Drink – Choice of Coke, diet coke, sprite, fanta, pink lemonade, or root beer$3.00
Hot Dog – All beef$3.00
Chicken Nuggets – 6 piece$4.00
French Fries$3.00
Bottled Drinks$3.00
Mini Melts Ice Cream (Choice of 5 flavors)$5.00
Chocolate-covered Frozen Banana (Choice of 5 flavors)$5.00
Soft Serve Ice cream cone (served in a cup with a spoon)$3.00
*Tax included in prices listed above

A drive-by Gift Shop will be available for guests to take home a souvenir after completing the tour!

Tour Map

2020 Drive-Thru Tour Map

Free Photo Op Guest Pictures

See your photos here!

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Scavenger Hunt- Baby Map

Print this baby map before arriving, and then keep your eyes open for the baby animals you will see during your tour!

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