Recently, we took a road trip to the Mill Mountain Zoo in Roanoke, VA. This is the second time that we have visited the zoo. We took our daughter when she was longer, and now that we are trying to get the boys out a little more, we decided to take them on a road trip to this adorable little zoo. And, nope, this post is not sponsored by them in any way- my husband and I honestly enjoy this zoo and want to share our experience there!
The Mill Mountain Zoo is one of my favorite places to take preschool aged kids.
- It’s small and does not tire out little kids. They can see everything several times and even play at the playground before crashing.
- There is lots of shade and resting benches.
- There is an adorable kid-sized train that takes you around the zoo.
- The animals are easy to see for small kids.
- Parents can take in whatever food, snacks, and drinks that they need for kids.
If you’ve never been, Mill Mountain Zoo is a part Mill Mountain Park. There are several freebie activities in the park. The wildflower garden was lovely. My kids enjoy the Discovery Center. Be sure to walk in there if you visit! There is an awesome bee hive inside the center that the kids can see.
Near the Discovery Center and Zoo is an unique playground. I am nervous for the triplets to climb the rock tower to the slide, but my daughter and two of the boys climb right up to the top (with Dad spotting them, of couse!).
There are picnic tables and a log/rock climbing area. My daughter likes to pretend that she is on American Ninja Warrior when climbing the course. Of course, mentioning American Ninja Warrior perks up Jason’s ears, so he has to give the course a run, too.
A short drive from the Zoo and picnic area is the Roanoke Star. The view is definitely worth checking out the star. That being said, apparently visiting the Star with triplets is an oddity. While we were looking at the view, most people were looking at us. I could hear the whispers (“Are they triplets?” “I don’t know!”), but we have learned that is just part of the deal when traveling with our crazy crew.
There is a fee for the Mill Mountain Zoo entry, but this year the train ride is part of the ticket price. When we visited previously with our daughter, the train ticket price was additional. With a family of 6 now, and my mother in law visited with us this time, every little savings helps.
The sampling of animals in the zoo provides something for everyone. From a small reptile house to a little aviary, my kids ooh-ed and ahh-ed over all the animals. Since we’ve been potty training and talking about, well, potty training things constantly, the boys were especially enthralled anytime an animal had to relieve itself (which is what’s happening below).
Within the zoo is more traditional playground with awesome slides.
If you’re nearby or passing through, and you’re looking for a fun and unique place to let the younger kids let off some steam and yet be educational, stop by the Mill Mountain Zoo. I highly recommend it!