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“Always a treat to visit this zoo” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mill Mountain Zoo

Mill Mountain Zoo
Ranked #15 of 69 things to do in Roanoke
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Owner description: 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.
Greensboro, North Carolina
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65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Always a treat to visit this zoo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2014

It's always our first road trip of the summer to visit the zoo on Mill Mountain. It was kind of hot, which kept some of the animals in their shade, but we managed to walk-on an good appetite for a Texas Tavern visit!

Visited May 2014
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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Quintessential Roanoke - the view at the World's Largest Man-made Illuminated Star”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

I grew up in Roanoke, VA, home of the World's Largest Man-made Illuminated Star. The star has always been a special place. The view is amazing and there are little walking trails nearby. It's always nice to get a "lay of the land" and from here, you can see the whole Roanoke Valley surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's also a nice place for a picnic. Personally, I feel that the nearby Mill Mountain Zoo is tiny and not really worth the money. It would be good for young children with limited attention spans.

Visited June 2014
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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331 reviews
87 attraction reviews
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“Well worth a visit!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

This is a great little zoo, and the little ones will love the train! It is reasonable and well worth a visit!

Visited June 2014
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McCormick, SC
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328 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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“Interesting little zoo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

If you venture up Mill Mountain might as well take a look at the Zoo. It's not a large world class zoo but it's well done and they do have some unusual critters. If you have small kids, this is a must visit.

Visited May 2014
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53 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Cute Small Zoo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

The zoo isn't large. It is a nice activity to do with the kids. The exhibits are small so it is easy to see the animals. The staff was all nice. The zoo has a small train to ride around the outside of the zoo which was nice too.

Visited May 2014
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