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“Good for local entertainment”
Review of Mill Mountain Zoo

Mill Mountain Zoo
Ranked #14 of 68 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: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 17, 2014

Definitely not worth driving a long distance to, but if you are a local or in the area it's worth visiting. For the small assortment of animals , the tickets are a bit pricey. We have been to other small zoos , but this is by far the smallest we have seen. Also, as an animal lover, it breaks my heart to see animals trapped in such small cages, and most animals don't seem happy. Since we are local, we did have the membership the first year and it paid itself back in just few visits( and kept my at the time 3 year old a happy little adventurer) , but since then the membership price has almost tripled and it is not worth it at all. You can walk the whole zoo in about 10 minutes if you do not really look at any animals. The little zoo train is fun for little kids, but it can be a challenge to keep a little one with a short attention span entertained for the 30 minutes before the next train runs, but maybe that is why there is a little playground right in the zoo. Either way, good to come visit if you are already here, but not worth driving to for more than an hour.

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Reviewed July 15, 2014

Every time we visit Roanoke we make a trip up to the Star on Mill Mtn. This past recent trip we decided to visit the zoo. The cost was under $40.00 for our family of four adults. The zoo is on the small side but we had a great time ! We encountered two zoo workers who were eager to share info with us about the animals that they were feeding. The zoo was very clean and easy to navigate. There is a food concession with decent prices. My 15 year old collects flattened pennies from places we visit and was happy to buy one at the zoo. Great for families with children and adults who love animals too!

1  Thank Omydarlen
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

I ran across photos and a write up on the zoo when it was a happening place. It looked amazing, variety of things to see and do. It looked like a great place to visit. Now...in 2013 and on...we only have this place that houses some beautiful animals, but seems so small, so sad...it deserves more. I know the economy affects many things, but so does mismanagement. I think there is great potential there...it just hasn't been cultivated.

Thank Brendasreview
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

So my wife and I decided to get away for the weekend. We considered many places previously visited and enjoyed and in the end we decided to visit Roanoke Virginia. Once we settled into our hotel room we started browsing through the many activities brochures most (if not all) hotels have. We selected a few and among them was the Mill Mountain Zoo.

The zoo is located atop Mill Mountain where you experience stunning views of Roanoke on the drive up and back down. Once we arrived it was apparent this is not your regular zoo with all the standard animals. Instead there were an assortment of smaller bird, reptiles, foxes, and a snow leopard.

The atmosphere was almost like being in a large tree house as some of the displays were build on the trees overlooking several habitats (in this case a wolf). There’s a small training that circles the entire zoo which is great for little kids and adults who are young at heart.

If you find yourself in Roanoke you should definitely visit this little treasure high above the city.

14  Thank K A
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Reviewed July 5, 2014

This was a very affordable and neat little zoo. Wasn't really sure what to expect, but they had several animals and it was only $15 for two people to go. Also offered a train/trolly ride through the exhibits if you did not want to walk, though it was not a bad walk at all. Feeding time for the red pandas was pretty awesome! I highly recommend this to anyone that doesn't want to fight the huge crowds at a big zoo.

1  Thank Nathan H
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