Saturday, August 13, 2022

It’s August and that means seniors get in the zoo for free. Here’s how that works

The male lion cub on Wednesday. He now weighs around 10 pounds. (Courtesy of the Virginia Zoo)
A male lion cub born at the Virginia Zoo. (Courtesy of the Virginia Zoo)

NORFOLK — The Virginia Zoo is bringing back Senior Wednesdays this month.

Simply put: Those age 62 and older can get in free in August — 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.

“You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the Zoo,” said Greg Bockheim, executive director of the Virginia Zoo. “We encourage our senior community to take advantage of these free days and explore the zoo and all we have to offer.”

The Virginia Zoo is also running a membership perk with Prime Plus Norfolk Senior Center for the month of August.

Any zoo member age 50 and older can attend various classes at Prime Plus and save $18 on a Prime Plus membership, officials said.

In return, Prime Plus members will receive the member rate at the zoo’s Adult Night on Aug. 8 and on Adult Camp, which is Aug. 16 and 17.

The Virginia Zoo has wheelchairs for rent, ample seating opportunities throughout the exhibits, guided tours and a wheelchair-friendly train.

Seniors need to provide a valid ID as proof of age.

Other visitors will be charged regular zoo admission.

To learn more about the Virginia Zoo and its programs, click here.

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