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rescueagreyhound
Akron, OH472 contributions
Couples
While camping at Mosquito Lake State Park I read about Wagon Trails Animal Park. The park is a short 20 minute drive from the campground.
We had a great time. Due to Covid-19 you stay in your own vehicle, usually they offer safari truck rides.
Our first encounter was with the camels. They came right up to our truck and stuck their heads right on in. I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. No feeding food is available for the safari drive, but the animals still come close. I can try and name all the animals you get to see but it would take forever. Take the time yourself and go meet and see them all.
After our drive we stopped at the petting zoo. Now, let me explain something, I love goats. There is an open pen where you can interact and hand feed the goats. These goats are so funny. They all gather around and try to take your cone full of food. Knocking each other around and jumping all over you to take the food can be intimidating for little kids so use caution. However, it was wonderful and entertaining.
Wagon Trails Animal Park is worth a visit.
Written October 7, 2020
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KeithHAR
London, UK100 contributions
Friends
This is a real fun outing for kids and adults alike.

You set out in armed with a plastic bucket filled with food pellets. You ride in a truck with wooden seats with the area above and below the seats open.

The driver of the vehicle gives a commentary about the animals that are approaching the vehicle and those a little further out.

The animals are really used to the vehicles as they quickly surround the now stopped vehicle and this is when the fun and squeals of delight and sometimes surprise from children and adults alike begin.

Whether they are camels or long horned cattle they just open their mouths and you pour handfuls of food down their gullets and occasionally getting their squishy wet noses on your hand.

There are also squeals of surprise as long tongues sweep the fallen pellets of food from the floor sometimes catching the ankles of unsuspecting passengers.

The vehicle moves on making numerous stops to allow people to pour yet more food down the open mouths of the animals.

Obviously the pellets are quite quickly used up but fortunately the driver just by some stroke of luck has brought more pellets along which can be purchased for a small sum.

This is a real fun ride and so would recommend it to everyone. This was my second visit and I would not object to going again.

There is also a small petting zoo which you can walk around but the ride is the main event and you would not miss much if you did not have time to go around this area.
Written July 17, 2014
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Thanks for your descriptive review. It sounds like you had a great time! Come and see us again soon. The animals will be waiting for you.
Written July 18, 2014
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Janice L
New Castle, PA1 contribution
Family
I just read one of the previous reviews before mine, from "BrianOH", and let me tell you I cannot believe anyone could write such an awful review about Wagon Trails. I have been bringing my grandchildren there for 10 years now and counting. Last summer, we even had a birthday party there for my grandson's 5th birthday. Even though his birthday is in January and Wagon Trails doesn't open until May 1st, he insisted to have his party there and was willing to wait until their season started up. Our whole family always has a wonderful time when we visit the park.

As I mentioned, I completely disagree with BrianOH's harsh comments. I have also never noticed anything that BrianOH mentioned in his review. The "nightmare aviary" he refers to is huge! It was also very clean and the birds looked so happy and they got along great with each other. Very rarely will you see an exhibit where multiple species can fly freely with each other with more than enough perches and places to sit.

BrianOH also stated that the animals in the park are in a "large cage", which isn't true. The animals are in a huge open field with plenty of shelter areas placed all around the park. We avoid zoos because of how tiny the living environments are for all the animals. Because of that, we prefer Wagon Trails because all the animals are together, getting along, and interacting with each other. Yes, it is mainly dirt - but they have alot of hay feeders placed inside which take the place of any grass they would eat in the wild. The park is incredibly clean too! It is very scenic and is always nice to see the animals in such a clean environment.

I honestly don't know what BrianOH was looking at when he wrote his review....maybe that Sarah McLaughlin commercial with all the sad looking animals was playing on his TV at the time.

Regardless, if you don't believe me then go see for yourself!

When we go, it is always a different and exciting experience. Being able to directly feed and pet all the animals on the ride and petting zoo is a one of a kind experience that is loads of fun. There is also a minimal amount of walking needed when you go, which is very helpful. AND THE EMPLOYEES ARE ALWAYS SOOOO NICE! You can really tell that it is a family run business with the warm, happy feelings that you get from all the employees. Wagon Trails is our number 1 pick out of any animal park we have ever been to, it is truly an amazing experience!
Written March 18, 2014
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Thank you for your review and for your family's visits through the years. We hope that you will return this year. We have several new things this year including "goats on the roof!"
Written June 10, 2014
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janicesullinger
ohio4 contributions
Family
We went to the property and unfortunately it was closed. We arrived after naps for the children. We arrived at 4:00 and they were closed. We then looked up on the internet that the last ride is 3:45pm. Went a second time made sure we came prior to 3:30.but because now it was fall hours, missed it again. So I thought since this was the second disappointment for the children we would at least let them look at the birds and the camel. We were then going home and I promised my grand children we would try again another day. When we were greeted by someone on a gulf cart that explained last ride was 12:30pm for the fall. We were there at 3:30 hoping for the last ride. But instead of being courteous, was very rude and stated you had better check the internet as hours are posted. I explained I did call to check. and was told 3:30 was the latest arrival. She was not courteous at all. I own and operate 2 businesses in this area, and would have fired anyone speaking to one of my customers in that manner. But since it was several hours since they had closed I am assuming this was the owner. I will be sure to let everyone know of my experience and the bad attitude we received. Completely uncalled for. Actually I am happy they were closed and they never received a penny from me. There are plenty of businesses that are appreciative of clientele. I WILL NEVER BE BACK. . I THINK THE OWNER NEEDS TO REALIZE THAT WHEN YOU ARE RUDE TO GUESTS THE WORD WILL GET OUT. YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT SHE WOULD HAVE SAID, OH I AM SO SORRY, BUT OUR HOURS ARE POSTED ON THE INTERNET AS HOURS CHANGE DUE TO THE SEASONS, FOR FUTURE REFERENCE..... SORRY YOU MISSED US TWICE.. HOPE TO SEE YOU BACK. ... BUT INSTEAD SHE BARKED AT US AND DROVE OFF IN HER GULF CART. She had the children very upset to see her yelling at our family like that..

Completely unprofessional.........Must have enough money that she doesn't NEED business...
Written October 1, 2014
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I am so sorry that you read the hours incorrectly on the website. The hours are also available via telephone . Similar attractions are either closed or operate on weekends only once summer is over. We are open limited hours weekdays to service the public as well as more expanded hours on weekends.
Written October 10, 2014
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Ray L
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Family
Terrible people to deal with. All they want is your money. The don't care about the customers who pay to keep there animals there or even care for the animals. These poor animals are not well taken care of, my 7 year old daughter was even asking me " mommy why are they doing that to the animals" . There "bathrooms" (in which are outhouses) are disgusting and smell terrible, you think with all the money they make they would have actual restrooms for family's to use. Absolutely disgusting, I would have rather of taken my daughter in to the woods. Me and my family will never be back!
Written October 8, 2014
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To anyone who is reading this review we hope that you take time to see the positive reviews. We are family owned and operated and take great pride in the condition of the park itself . And most importantly we care very much for our animals and take the best care of them.
Written October 10, 2014
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AngelsM0mmy
Austintown18 contributions
I brought a friend and her children from out of state here and was pretty let down. We got on our ride fairly quickly, but that was the best part. The ride was over-crowded, I would have enjoyed more space. They give each person a bucket of food for the animals, but they charge so much I'm glad that they at least included that. You ride the trail to see various animals, but I honestly expected more of a variety. It was also kind of a short trip for basically $15 a person. The petting zoo was pathetic. You couldn't really pet anything! It took about 5 minutes to view. I was really disappointed. I think I will stick to Living Treasures. Much better value.
Written August 9, 2014
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Thanks for taking time to write your review. Sorry you were disappointed. Our narrative safari ride is 45-60 minutes long and features over 300 animals such as zebras, ostrich, camels bison etc. We have made additions to the petting zoo this year, including "goats on a roof"
Written August 11, 2014
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Brian0H
Akron, OH2 contributions
Couples
I used to like this place and have previously recommended it, but since becoming a parrot owner and more educated about the health and well-being of wild animals, I visited Wagon Trails this week, and was appalled by the living conditions of the parrots in their "nightmare aviary". It is doubtful these parrots have seen an avian vet, or that such a vet has ever been onsite to offer even basic suggestions.

For starters, different species of parrot - whether big or small - which would normally be very territorial and violent to eachother, are all thrown together in the same cage and left to fend for themselves. What happened to the little ones who didn't survive the Thunderdome - only the owners know.

They are all fed the same low quality, seed diet, which is the primary cause of a variety of organ diseases, heart disease, cancer, and early death. Peanuts are also served in the shell, despite their significant risk of aflatoxin contamination, leading to aspergillosis and ultimately death.

Their sole drinking water source - a single uncovered bird bath - was brown and loaded with fecal matter. The communal feeder - a standard bird feeder - was completely caked in bird droppings, as was every other surface. This is no exaggeration. I have seen videos of parrots rescued from poor conditions that were far better than this. The few parrots that we could examine up close - the green cheek and sun conures - had obvious signs of disease, including enlarged nose-holes (nares) from chronic nasal infections, signs of self-mutilation, and open sores.

The majority of the surface area for perching consists of the concrete floor and the sharp metal wire cage - both likely to contribute to foot damage, sores, and loss of toes.

As bad as these conditions are, I can't bring myself to imagine where these poor creatures are confined during the winter months.

As for the safari park itself - species from all over the globe are all thrown together in the same large cage (see a pattern?) , and left to fend for themselves. These naturally grazing animals are forced to eat a low quality pellet-based diet, as there is not one blade of grass in the main holding area, and there likely hasn't been for decades. So they are left to roam around in dry, dusty, barren land, wallow in mud, or swim in treated pool water. There are also large areas of "sludge" where animal waste has been collecting and brewing.

Ironically, the massive grass lawns surrounding the owners' homes are perfectly manicured and mowed.
Written August 9, 2013
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If you have never been to Wagon Trails before, please read the other Tripadvisor reviews as this reviewer has left a slanderous and unfactual review full of lies. We at Wagon Trails are a completely family owned and operated small business. No one other than family works here. We have this business because we love animals and enjoy taking care of them. Our goal is that everyone who visits can see this through how clean we keep the property and how well we take care of our animals. Now to address some of the lies this reviewer has listed. Our main bird aviary is 20ft by 40ft with a 14 ft high ceiling. Many of our birds are very old and have been donated by their owners who can no longer care for them. The parrots receive specialized food for parrots. The rest of the birds receive food appropriate for them as well as fresh berries. The floor is sand covered and raked cleaned each day. They have 2 (covered) fresh waterers and a brown bird bath that the reviewer saw is scrubbed and given fresh water each day.. There are numerous perches made of wood and thick hose. There are many bird houses as well. As for the " large cage park animals are left to fend for themselves in"..This "cage" is a 70 acre park where grazing animals live together. Our animals eat a specialized custom blend pellet. Hay is available at all times. We feed over 2000 large round bails per year. There are 2 ponds and we have two 700 gallon tanks of water in the barn for drinking. We use animal safe 'aquashade' in our ponds to repel algae growth. These ponds are spring fed and well water fed through a windmill. This area of the park is cleaned each and every day of manure. Many of the petting zoo animals also eat a special blend pellet and fresh fruits and vegetables daily as well as hay. We are licensed and inspected by the USDA. We also have a large animal vet visit the park animals regularly and as needed. We take such pride in the condition of our animals and property. This reviewer has blatantly lied in this review. We hope that the hateful rant this person has wrote will not deter anyone from coming to see our animals.
Written August 13, 2013
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Amber T
New Castle, PA136 contributions
I adore this place. Wagon trails is fun for all ages. I've been there for a date day with my boyfriend as well as with my boyfriends 3 year old. Make sure to look online for a 2$ off coupon. Don't forget cash, they don't accept debit or credit cards. There is an ATM in the lobby. Gift shop is cute. There is a petting zoo that takes up your time while you're waiting for your wagon. Bring quarters- they sell ice cream cones full of food to feed the animals in the petting zoo. (25cents each). The wagon ride itself is totally awesome. Where else can you get up close and personal with tons of different animals? They give you a ginormous bucket of food before boarding and if you run out, (which is next to impossible) you can get a refill for 2$. Highly recommend this place & tell all my friends about it!
Written July 16, 2012
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WarrenOh
Warren, OH34 contributions
Friends
I have been to wagon trails several times, as its only 10 minutes from my home. Today, our schools 4th grade class went on a field trip to Wagon Trails. I was extremely DISAPPOINTED! There were just over 100 students/chaperones in our group. It was VERY disorganized on behalf of Wagon Trails. They put ALL of us on one WAGON! (yes sure did!) it was VERY crowded and d/t so many on one wagon, it was difficult to hear the "guided" tour. So, I would have to say there was NO educational component to the field trip. Then the guide for the petting zoo.. tried to talk over all of the other schools.. etc.. and did not want to divide our group of 100 into 2... so not everyone could hear her (or see her)
If you ever want to visit Wagon Trails.. I would NOT recommend doing it in large groups.
Granted, the staff are very friendly there, you canNOT expect a group of 100 4th graders to be on one wagon... and in one guided tour and be able to see or hear much!
I can think of many other places our school could have spent the $900 and learned much more and have been divided into smaller groups.
Wagon Trails... why couldnt you have divided us into 2 groups of 50, it would have been a little less hectic and possibly more enjoyable. (I know the answer to that already.. as its a cost factor for your park, however.. do you think it is a place we would look forward to revisitting?)
Written May 21, 2012
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Eriecamperlover
Erie, PA227 contributions
Family
Took my 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren to visit the park. Bought our tickets and didn't wait long to board the ride with a bucket of food for the animals. The rides stops in quite a few places to give plenty of opportunities to feed the animals. They also have a petting area which we did not visit. Just remember they do not take credit or debit cards just cash. They do have an ATM for your convenience
Written July 10, 2018
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Thank you for your helpful review!! The petting zoo is included with admission as is the pail of animal food on safari ride.
Written July 12, 2018
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