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“Wonderful Little Zoo not on most "Must See" lists”
4 of 5 bubbles 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, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stroller parking
McLean, Virginia
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42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Wonderful Little Zoo not on most "Must See" lists”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014

This small zoo is not near other major attractions but well worth the visit. I took my 8 year old granddaughter and both of us were enchanted. The Wagon Ride, on the hour, takes about 25 minutes, is a must. It is included in the price of admission. The wagon takes visitors into an enclosure where many exotic animals roam free. Several stops along the perimeter route allow passengers to feed and pet the animals. Pony Ride was fun for the 8 year old. The staff at both features were engaged, informed and informative, and very pleasant to us all. The petting areas are ample. Food to feed the animals is for sale at the gatehouse. It was hard to leave. Only complaint: no water fountains. Water for sale at the gatehouse or vending machine. Will definitely return,but will bring my own water.

Visited July 2014
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Dearborn, Michigan
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244 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Best zoo for little ones!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2014

A special experience for little ones and their accompanying adults. Many opportunities for interactive encounters, bottle feeding baby goats and sheep, kibble feeding for lots of other "farm" animals. Great bird feeding with a handheld seeded stick where birds will land on your hand to eat from the stick. Pony ride is totally tame -one child at a time, led around paddock one revolution-but a huge hit with the toddler set. The mixture of animals is unpredictable as you find a condor just around the corner from the domestic pig pen, creating an element of surprise. Although the National Zoo would be a first choice for serious and sophisticated zoo goers, the Reston zoo is perfect for children, and even animal loving adults. Excellent family outing!

Visited July 2014
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Wonderful Little Zoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2014

Great zoo with opportunities for up close encounters with the animals. Wagon ride narrated by educated staff. Let us pet the animals and feed them. Can also feed and pet animals in petting barn. And make sure to feed the birds! So much fun. The also have swan-shaped paddle boats for rent on a small lake, but it was hot the day we visited, so we decided to skip those. Maybe next time!

Visited July 2014
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Virginia
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316 reviews
61 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Hard to Define”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2014

The Reston zoo is a hard place to define. It certainly doesn't match the National Zoo in DC in terms of number and variety of animals. However, if you take the wagon ride (included in the entry fee) you'll get more up close and personal with the animals than you'll ever get at the National Zoo. Zebras, bison, antelope, watusi cattle, ostriches and emus will come up to the wagon seeking food. You'll also get a close up view of camels and llamas, but they are kept in an enclosed area. My grandson was delighted to pet some of the cattle and the bison.
Over the years they've added more animals and have gone with the ones that are easier to maintain. They now have an enclosure for budgies. If you buy some bird food sticks as you come in, you'll literally have them feeding out of your hand. We spent a good half hour in this enclosure alone. The prairie dog area was another fun place. We enjoyed watching how active they were in the early morning hours.
The zoo also has pony rides and paddle boats available for an additional fee. We actually didn't spend too much time in the petting zoo portion where you can feed the goats and lambs.
There are separate picnic areas and some drinks and ice cream bars are available for purchase, but if you didn't bring lunch, you'll need to leave the zoo.
If you're in the area and don't want the hassle of going downtown to the summer crowds at the National Zoo, this small zoo fits the bill.

Visited June 2014
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not wheelchair/stroller/handicap accessible”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

My son enjoyed the day there but as he is 1.5 years old, i brought the stroller... Nearly threw my back out since more than half of the place is rocky gravel. Wheelchairs would not be able to get around.

Overall it's a great "glorified petting zoo" for small children that could stand better access for all Americans.

Visited May 2014
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