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Address: 2404 Prospect Rd, JP Fishburn Parkway, Roanoke, VA 24014
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10:00 - 17:00
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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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Mill Mountain Zoo

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.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Connie J
Eagle Rock, Virginia
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Eagle Rock, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW 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...

Thank paralegal4444
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I got our tickets on Groupon. The zoo is very small & only takes about an hour to go through, but you can stay as long as you'd like. There is a farm animal, like a bull at the first & it LOVES LOVES LOVES to be scratched & given attention. What a great greeter! There are some otters that... More 

Thank cinjac98
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Mill Mountain Zoo a few times over the past few years and we always have a fun time. On our last visit my sister was visiting from California and we thought it would be nice to take her to a smaller more intimate zoo. We were not disappointed. The zookeepers are very friendly and anxious to talk... More 

Thank Kevin F
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Visited the zoo and saw the very few animals. There were magnificent views of the Roanoke valley. The snow leopard was beautiful and easily seen.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

This is one of the smallest zoos I've ever been to, and I went around 1 2ish all the animals were asleep. Granted it was late in the season it still doesn't change the size of the place. Staff was friendly though so A+ for that.

Thank Mikaela M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Mill Mountain Zoo is a beloved destination in the Roanoke Valley. It's not fancy or big, and it's not going to wow you. However, it you're looking for a pleasant walking experience, a clean environment and a few animals to gaze at, this is the place. Ideal for young children! Be sure to ride the Zoo Choo (in season). But... More 

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Germantown, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This zoo is decent. I was here in the middle of the summer and there must be Oak trees surrounding the zoo because I had a severe allergy attack. The visitor center is great and I loved seeing the bees. If you are up seeing the Roanoke star it is worth the visit.

Thank Lauren F
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our trip to Mill Mtn Zoo. We were there when the larger animals were all awake and it was so great seeing the snow leopard and other larger animals alert, active and up-close. It is a small zoo but it's in a very nice setting with the Roanoke star adjoining the property. We liked the train ride and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Nice fall day and we decided to take the kids (3 and 8 yrs old) here to kill some time. The walk up to the zoo was very pretty...a quaint path through what would be the flower gardens if it wasn't fall. Prices were very reasonable- $9 for adults and $7 for the kids. 2 and under is free. The... More 

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