Drive-Thru Tour

Back by popular demand! Drive-Thru Tour is a unique way to experience the Metro Richmond Zoo from the warmth of your own car during the winter. 

The Metro Richmond Zoo has NEW seasonal hours from December 7, 2020, to February 27, 2021. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, the Zoo is open for walk-in visitors. On Mondays and Tuesdays, the Zoo is open for Drive-Thru Tours. Come drive with us!

Drive-Thru Tour Hours & Prices


  • Monday and Tuesday
  • First car enters at 10:00 a.m. Last car enters at 3:30 p.m.
  • Closed

  • Thursday - Saturday (Drive-Thru Tour closed. Walk-in Zoo open.)
  • Sunday (Zoo closed)
  • Drive-Thru Tour Price

    $60 per car

    Notice: The Drive-Thru Tour is open rain or shine. For snowy or icy conditions, please call ahead at (804) 739-5666 to confirm we are operating. If we cannot operate due to inclement weather, we will reschedule your tickets for another day.

    From check-in to exit, Drive-Thru Tour is an approximate one hour narrated tour through most parts of the Zoo. To hear the narration, bring a charged smartphone and connect it to your car’s sound system via Bluetooth or AUX cord! Connect your smartphone to the tour audio (must have data to stream narration from a YouTube video). Note: the phone that is playing the audio cannot be used to take pictures.

    Drive-Thru Tour is the perfect option for people who may be higher-risk and don’t feel comfortable walking in public. The experience can be 100% no contact. If you don’t feel comfortable rolling down your window to check-in, you can place your phone or printed tickets against the window to be scanned.

    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. 

    *A few animals including the giraffes will not go out on exhibit for their safety if air temperatures are 45 degrees or below. Guests are not permitted to feed any of the animals during the Drive-Thru Tour. Guests that visit the walk-in zoo on Wednesdays-Saturdays can feed and pet the giraffes and barnyard animals.

    To be able to pass through all areas in the zoo, vehicle size must be no larger than a full-size SUV (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. No riding in the bed of a truck. 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 Discount

    • Zoo memberships are for the walk-in zoo only and are not valid for admission into special events like the Drive-Thru Tour. However, active zoo members can receive a discount on the drive-thru experience.
    • Each vehicle will receive $10 OFF per member present (up to $40 off).
    • Members must present their active membership card when arriving at the Zoo to receive the discount. 
    • If you wish to receive a member discount, you do NOT need to schedule online.
    Zoo Member Discount
    Each vehicle will receive $10 OFF per member present (up to $40 off)

    Food Menu

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

    Chicken Sandwich Meal – Chicken sandwich, french fries, and 20 oz fountain drink$8.00
    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, Orange Fanta, pink lemonade, or root beer$3.00
    Chicken Sandwich $5.00
    Hot Dog – All beef$3.00
    Chicken Nuggets – 6 piece$4.00
    French Fries$3.00
    Bottled Water$3.00
    Funnel Fries$5.00
    Mini Melts Ice Cream (Choice of 5 flavors)$5.00
    Chocolate-covered Frozen Banana (Choice of 5 flavors)$5.00
    All Natural Fruit Smoothie (strawberry or wildberry – 16oz)$5.00
    Soft Serve Ice cream cone (served in a cup with a spoon)$4.00
    Hot Chocolate (8 oz.)$1.00
    *Tax included in prices listed above


    Take home a zoo souvenir!! After you finish the tour, drive by our outdoor store to shop from your own car. If you wish, you can park and exit the vehicle to visit our indoor gift shop.

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