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“It's small but has some interesting animals.”
Review of Mill Mountain Zoo

Mill Mountain Zoo
Ranked #22 of 74 things to do in Roanoke
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Mill Mountain Zoo was founded in 1952 as a nursery-rhyme themed petting zoo that featured farm animals, birds, and native Virginia wildlife. For the first twenty-five years, we were operated by Roanoke's Parks and Recreation Department. In 1978, the Roanoke Jaycees renewed the zoo and replaced old exhibits to create a place appealing to all ages. Governance was turned over to the Blue Ridge Zoological Society of Virginia, Inc. in 1988 (more commonly known as Mill Mountain Zoo). In the early 1990's, a citizens' committee created a master plan for exhibitions, visitor amenities, and expansion of the site to our current eight acres. Other improvements included new exhibits and an upgrade of infrastructure. Mill Mountain Zoo (MMZoo) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to promoting an appreciation and understanding of animal and habitat preservation through the use of quality exhibits, educational programs, and partnerships with other conservation programs. Mill Mountain Zoo is currently home to more than 183 animals, representing 70 species from around the world. Through our admissions and donations, we support local and global conservation efforts. The Zoo is also restoring habitat on-grounds to benefit declining pollinator species and participates in a national monitoring program for amphibians -- Frogwatch. Keeper Chats The zoo keepers love sharing information about their animals. Kids (of all ages) love watching them interact with their charges and learning more about the special relationships they share and how the animals are cared for. Plan to spend some time watching the animals during their feeding times.The schedule changes daily, so check with Guest Services when arriving or call in the morning to find out what will be happening during your visit. Zoo Choo Rides The Zoo Choo is a miniature model G-16 train that operates seasonally at the Mill Mountain Zoo.The train leaves from the station every 30 minutes and follows a 16-inch wide track around the Zoo. The train makes two laps around a track that is more than 1000 feet long. You'll see different views of Mill Mountain Zoo and its animals!
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 28, 2012

I wish it had a lot more exhibits. They have a small budget but do well with what they have. Very nice place for small kids and usually not crowded.

Thank joe a
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Reviewed July 14, 2012

Enjoyed it. Good for the kids. The only con was we did not know we could park near the zoo entrance. My wife has MS and it is hard for her to wlk te trail.

Thank Tank002
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

This zoo is very small. It has small animals. However!!! It doesn't cost a lot and will give discounts if you are a member of the American Zoo Association. It only takes about an hour to walk around and is nicely shaded throughout. We were there when the temp was in the upper 90s and still the animals were out and about because of the available shade. They have a nice reptile house and an itty bitty aviary (but the birds walk right up to you!). The train is one of those little kiddie trains but if you have little kiddies it is quite fun. I didn't ride it but all the kids I saw were having an hysterical time. The snack bar had burgers, soda and ice cream. The girl in the snack bar was really nice and made great burgers. It's not the kind of zoo you travel across the country to go see, but if you are in Roanoke already, sure...head up the mountain and see the star and the zoo.

Thank tarheelm0m
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

The zoo is very, very small but they have some neat animals and the location is beautiful. The park next to the zoo has awesome views and you can walk to the Star. We paid $15 to get into the zoo and it only took us 15 minutes to walk the whole thing. I will check into getting a membership because if you go often it's probably a much better value.

Thank JTess1425
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Nice, small zoo.
Snack bar was out of food.
Staff at snack bar was very nice in spite of bad situation.

Thank Dturtle24
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