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Mill Mountain Zoo

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Address: 2404 Prospect Rd, JP Fishburn Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24014
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Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

We promote an appreciation and understanding of animal and habitat...

We promote an appreciation and understanding of animal and habitat preservation through the use of quality exhibits and educational programs. 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. In 1995, Mill Mountain Zoo first received accreditation from the AZA, which sets the highest standards in the nation for zoos. Of our nation's 2,000 government-licensed animal exhibition facilities, only about 200 qualify for AZA accreditation. AZA membership also provides a network of zoological expertise and reciprocal member arrangements with zoos across the country. Within Virginia, only four AZA accredited facilities exist-Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke, the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach, the Virginia Living Museum and the Virginia Zoological Park in Norfolk.

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Slow in Winter

Had the grand kids in town for a vist and looked for things to do. The Safari park is not open yet so we tried Mill Mountian. Because of the cold not all animals are there to... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Goodview, Virginia
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Roanoke, Virginia
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40 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This zoo is so small and definitely not worth the trip or money if that is the only thing you're going for. It is near the star and a small park so with really little ones you could make a small day trip.

Thank Mikaela M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

it's tiny with a very limited number of animals. i'll never waste my time or money again here. we drove 90 miles to this place for hardly anything. and yes the restroom was masty too!

Thank 24gregoryd
Columbus, Georgia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had the pleasure of going to the zoo this morning for an hour or two. It is a treasure on top of Mill Mountain and a great place to visit. My favorite animals there are the Red Foxes and the Red Panda--so beautiful! If you have the time to stop by, definitely do so, then check out the view... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not the biggest zoo ever, but great for this area. Go to the Star, look over Roanoke, and then go to the zoo. Nicely laid out with plenty of shade for got days. The Zoo Choo is really cool.

Thank TeamNextGenChris
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

To say this is a zoo is pretty comical. There are more wild animals in my back yard. It's VERY small as well. A small child would probably enjoy it.. especially for the little train that circles it. Otherwise, if you go, just know it's probably not what you are expecting.

Thank Jennifer S
Ballard, West Virginia
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Reviewed 6 March 2017 via mobile

We went one day with our kids thinking they would have so much fin since its not such a big zoo. They did not have any animals out we saw maybe a total of 5 the whole time we was there. I do not recommend too anyone. So do not waste your time.

Thank Krista F
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

the cages these animals are kept in are terribly small. I can't believe anyone would be ok with this. The staff isn't very friendly and sparse. Would not return

Thank Jaime H
Goodview, Virginia
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

Had the grand kids in town for a vist and looked for things to do. The Safari park is not open yet so we tried Mill Mountian. Because of the cold not all animals are there to see. Limited staff there to answer questions and is small to begin with. No discount on price for seeing less. I know it... More 

Thank gcassady
Eagle Rock, Virginia
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Reviewed 18 January 2017

Nice zoo for adults and children also. Many animals. Train ride. Very enjoyable area atop Mill Mountain. Also there is picnic area, playground, and overlook at the star.

Thank Connie J
Roanoke, Virginia
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Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

This was a great location. But the zoo was small and I wouldnt call it a zoo compared to others I've been to. More like a wildlife center. It is walking distance to a great park at Mill Mountain. Hiking trails for miles...

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