Explore Roer's Zoofari Petting Zoo Near Reston, VA

Tortoise, Roer's Zoofari

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Roer's Zoofari, formerly Reston Zoo, is a 30-acre petting zoo located in the heart of Fairfax County near Reston, Virginia. Kids especially love this attraction as they can get "up close and personal" with the animals and feed them too! Animals on site include miniature horses, llamas, zebra, buffalo, emus and lots more. You can feed sheep, goats, pigs, llamas, rabbits, and many more barnyard favorites. You can also bottle feed lambs, goats, and piglets. There is also a free-flight aviary where you can feed colorful birds (feed stick.s are an extra charge). 

Roer's Zoofari is an ideal place to visit with young children. There is plenty to keep them happy and this small zoo is very interactive and a much easier excursion than heading to Washington DC to visit the Smithsonian National Zoo. You can see everything in an hour or two without getting exhausted and dealing with the hassle of city traffic. School groups and birthday parties can be booked in advance. Picnic areas are located on the grounds and visitors are allowed to bring their own food. 


  • Wagon Ride: A free guided ride is included with the admission fee and takes visitors from the lower half of the zoo on a 20-minute tour through the free-roaming preserve
  • Petting Barn: Children can feed and pet animals
  • Reptile House: The highlights include snakes, frogs, turtles, baby alligators and more
  • Budgiery Adventure Aviary: Visitors can feed the birds.
  • Carousel Rides: Available soon.

Reston, Virginia is a suburb of Washington, DC, located in the Dulles Technology Corridor near Dulles International Airport. It was a planned community built in the 1960s with a variety of housing styles, centered around Reston Town Center, a retail village with commercial buildings, restaurants, a movie theater, an ice skating rink, hotel, and shops. 

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