Lunch at the Zoo


The Virginia Zoo offers group bagged lunches at an affordable rate, making lunchtime easy and convenient. Meal Vouchers are available for purchase if the bagged lunches are not wanted you're looking for. Lunches can be added to a field trip up to 10 days before your visit, based on availability. When you sign up for lunches, please include any known allergies, so that all accommodations can be made in the event of substitutions.
Once confirmed, you will be sent an invoice and once paid you will receive a confirmation email that you will show at our African Restaurant. The time you choose will be the time for pick up and your lunchtime.

If your group is bringing your own lunches, you will still need to reserve a time.

Boxed Lunch
Cost: $10 each
Meal options:
Turkey & Cheese Sliders
Ham & Cheese Sliders
Veggie & Fruit Box
*Gluten-Free available upon request
Includes: 1 Zoo Bag, 1 Juice Box, 1 Bag of Chips, Bag of Grapes, 1 Bag of Animal Cookies, Napkins, Mayo & Mustard Packets for Sandwiches.

Meal Vouchers
Cost: $15 each
Meal includes:
1 Hot Entrée Item, Fries or Bag of Chips, & 1-16oz Fountain Drink. (Excludes Cold Box Items)

Offered At

Virginia Zoo

Our school and group programs are great for any group – not just schools! Scouts, homeschool groups, libraries, senior centers, and more can all enjoy these exciting offerings. These programs give participants a memorable, fun, and highly educational way to learn about animals and conservation.

All programs are age-appropriate and complement the Virginia Standards of Learning along with curriculum requirements in North Carolina and for private schools. Scouts can also complete certain badge requirements; ask us for more information!

Behind the Scenes Tours

We share our reservation portal with our school programs. Guests that are reserving a Behind-the-Scenes Tour, don't be alarmed when the site asks for teachers' information and school information.

  • Teacher = Main Tour Contact
  • Organization Address = Home Address

The invoice is sent to the email listed on the request form. Payment can be made through the link in the email or over the phone.
Payment needs to be done ASAP once you receive your invoice.

For all reservation requests, there must be a 10-day notice of the date requested.





100 students


30 min.


Field Trip


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult, K, Postsecondary, Preschool

Price Options

$15.00 per Person for School Group

$10.00 per Person for School Group

$0.00 per Person for School Group