This weekend I took my family to the Leesburg Animal Park and they LOVED it! It is a family friendly petting zoo that opened in 2000 and is a family-owned and operated business. This park has all the features! Just a week ago they opened the doors to their BRAND NEW indoor facility. Between their indoor facility, the petting zoo, feeding area, wagon and pony rides and all the play equipment, you better plan to spend all day to enjoy all their features.
19270 James Monroe Highway, Leesburg, VA 20175
Leesburg Animal Park’s newest addition is their Indoor Facility. Honestly I think you could spend several hours alone in this building. There’s a large play area, timed animal shows, room for additional play and crafts, a separate room for birthday parties and a cafe that will be opening later on this year!
The play area includes a huge playground with lots of climbing and a fun slide. In addition to the area, there are ride on animals, such as a zebra and horse, push toys, and a little nook area to relax and read books. As you enter the play area, there is an area to take off your shoes and park your stroller. Throughout the parameter of this room are benches all around so the parents can relax and watch their children play and explore.
At the Discovery Room is where they have crafts, classes and much more! When we were there this weekend the kids made tie-dyed book marks. There is a really nice area where you can read stories or participate in activities that are held by the park itself.
During our visit there were two birthday parties going on as well that include everything to do at the park for each child. There is also a theater room where they have animal shows at different times and days, so be sure to check the schedule when you get there or online before you arrive.
Outside around the park:
The park itself has lots and lots of activities. There is a wagon ride that is included with each admission. These is a perfect opportunity to take the kids on a little ride to see the zebras and learn more about the llamas and have them eat feed right out of your hands! At the end of the ride, they give you feed to walk down to the pond and feed all the fish. It was really muddy when we went due to all the snow melting, but in the past we have done this and the kids love seeing all the fish come up for the food. There is a section of the park blocked off where you can feed goats, llamas, sheep, camels and more. At a small additional cost you can take a pony ride and take pictures as they go on a ride. This was one of our favorite things to do!
There is a huge area of play equipment for the kids to explore and play on. There’s a big wooden boat, train, playground and they even had a moon bounce set up. The boat had a pole you slide down, and play area in the bottom, big slide and more. The train was a big hit too. The playground itself was a nice, sturdy wooden structure that had slides, climbing equipment and a tunnel.
For a small price, this is a must visit park, even if it’s a short drive away! We are actually going to purchase the multi-day passes because we had so much fun and there will be even more to do as the weather gets nicer.