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Mill Mountain Zoo

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Mill Mountain Spur, Roanoke, VA 24014
+1 540-343-3241
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Fun, quaint zoo that's perfect for smaller children

This zoo has some great animals but is relatively small. The location and view are a large part of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Greenville, United States
via mobile

It’s inexpensive to enter. To my relief it appears they treat all animals with dignity and respect... read more

Reviewed 11 November 2017
Kai A
Higganum, Connecticut, United States
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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!
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  • Average22%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible6%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Mill Mountain Spur, Roanoke, VA 24014
+1 540-343-3241
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo has some great animals but is relatively small. The location and view are a large part of it's charm. A small, open air, train around the perimeter is fun and capitalizes in the small size and nice location. Pricing is reasonable and the...More

Thank williamcK4481PL
Reviewed 11 November 2017 via mobile

It’s inexpensive to enter. To my relief it appears they treat all animals with dignity and respect while providing them with everything they need to live a full life. It was hot the day we visited but all animal had access to AC which meant...More

Thank Kai A
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

I want to start by saying it's not often I write not-great reviews. The location of this place is great. It's nice surroundings, the garden leading up to the zoo is great too. I loved the TYPE of animals this zoo had, from more domestic...More

4  Thank Wolfgirl_364
Reviewed 25 September 2017

I really had a hard time rating this zoo. It's quite small and doesn't have common exotic animals like lions, elephants, etc. Yet, we love it and visit it every couple of months with our 3-year old daughter, who particularly enjoys it there. The zoo...More

Reviewed 4 September 2017

I went back in June on a rather warm day, and most of the animals were out of sight/sleeping, so that was my fault. I walked the entire zoo in less than an hour. I mean, you get what you pay for. It wasn't fantastic...More

Thank Kelly K
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Great little zoo! Some really cool animals, who all look happy and healthy. I would recommend going earlier in the day when its feeding time, though. Everyone was super friendly and seemed passionate about their job. The zoo has some hills and stairs, so it...More

Thank MollyWallySunshine
Reviewed 10 August 2017

Very nice as local zoos go. Small but well done and well maintained. In a neat location on the side of the mountain. My granddaughter loved the train ride.

Thank JohnandJaneS
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Although I hate seeing any animal caged for exhibit, the Mill Mountain Zoo showcases animals that most certainly wouldn't survive out on their own in this area. The grounds were clean and the staff was really nice. There's a train ride you can take around...More

Thank Sue L
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is a modest but nice little place to get a view of the city, visit the Star, and pet some animals. This is not your Miami Zoo, but it is a low cost, fun place to entertain smaller children for an hour or so.

Thank unclefred
Reviewed 10 July 2017

High atop Roanoke's landmark Mill Mountain, an exciting zoo awaits visitors to the Roanoke Valley as well as being popular with locals themselves. The Mill Mountain Zoo has been a staple of the Roanoke Valley and Mill Mountain since 1952. The zoo is reached via...More

1  Thank Bill T
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Questions & Answers
8 September 2015|
Response from mmzoo | Property representative |
Hi, thank you for asking. The USDA prohibits dogs and other pets in zoo's. The only exception to this rule of course are service dogs (not therapy dogs). It helps if you call in advance if you will need to bring a... More