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“Cute little zoo in the suburbs!”
Review of Roer's Zoofari

Roer's Zoofari
Ranked #3 of 19 things to do in Vienna
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Don't expect sidewalk viewing of lions, tigers or great apes, rather friendly interactions with the feathered and furry. Visitors can purchase animal feed items, such as parakeet sticks, and watch as the colorful birds land at their fingertips; feed cups to hand feed giant watusi and gentle llamas on the safari wagon ride, or bottle feed little lambs and goats. Roer's Zoofari also holds a "Creature Feature" at 10, noon and 2pm where guests enjoy an informal animal meet and greet with a parrot, ferret, alligator, snake or other small animal.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Oakton, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Cute little zoo in the suburbs!”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

We have season passes and bring our 3 year old often. They have a petting barn with sheep and goats (smelly though) you can buy food and they will eat right out of your hand. They also have an bird enclosure where you can feed the birds. My sons favorite part is the little "wagon" ride which is a trailer pulled by a tractor. it makes a 20 minute loop showing various animals (who often approach the trailer). There is a reptile house and pony rides as well. This is no national zoo but is an intimate learning experience for little ones. The only downside to the zoo is their lack of adequate toilet facilities. they have one run down flushing toilet , and the rest are all port a potties.

Visited July 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“awful”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

Please do not go to this place. There have been reports of abuse and the zoo director was covicted of animal cruelty. See story in Washington Post 9/29/12.

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Bethesda, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Great place to take a kid or yourself”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

The zoo is mostly tailored for younger kids, but I must admit the place has a charm of its own. There are many petting/feeding spots for the standard goats, pigs, etc. There is also an open car ride to see some of the wild animals, like emus, camels, and many other animals. The best, I think, is the budgie (parakeet) cage. Wow! Get yourself a few stick of seed and the birds are all over you. They are very friendly. I have not seen one child nor adult leaving not smiling. A wonderful experience for a reasonable price.

Visited September 2012
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Fairfax, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great small zoo”
Reviewed August 24, 2012 via mobile

It's really nice small zoo , my 6 year old enjoy every visit .
It's not too big that kids get so tiered neither too small .
Perfect local zoo

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level 6 Contributor
578 reviews
274 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 315 helpful votes
“Wonderful zoo introduction for the little ones”
Reviewed August 5, 2012

This is a small, well-organized facility that serves as an excellent introduction to animals for little kids. We went there primarily to introduce a 2 1/2 year old to riding a pony, and he was thrilled--a short figure 8 around the ring, but a good intro. But the zoo has a large barn for sheep, goats, chickens, rabbits, and pigs. You can buy food pellets at the entrance or in the barn, as well as small milk bottles to feed the young--best earlier in the morning before they get too full. There's a separate mound exhibit for prairie dogs that never fail to amuse, chickens on a rocky pen, kangaroos, and foxes. The aviary is down the hill and set up to walk through and feed the very friendly birds from "budgie" sticks. This is where the "Zoofari" wagon ride starts on the hour--20 minutes slowly making a circuit with 4 stops--the reindeer, cows, wildebeest, and long horns walk right up to the wagon to be red and petted. You can watch or commune with them, as the kids prefer.

Although it's a bit expensive for a 30-acre facility, $9.95 to $12.95, plus $4 for a pony ride and various prices for the feed, it's a great first experience for kids.

Visited July 2012
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