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Good Zoo and Benedum Theater

465 Lodge Drive

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The Good Zoo at Oglebay Resort & Conference Center has been a crown jewel of the Ohio Valley for over 30 years. We are pleased to support its mission through the first ever Good Zoo Brew.

Over 50 species of animals many rare or endangered, reside within the 30-acre Good Zoo.The zoo was dedicated in memory of seven-year old Philip Mayer Good in 1977 and continues to thrive through the support of local residents. Our mission is to educate our visitors regarding natural and physical sciences and to promote conservation.

Newer exhibits include the Outback Exhibit and Lorikeet Landing. Other features include African wild dogs, meerkats, spectacled bears, lemurs, ocelot, red pandas, otters and the Wonders of the Wetlands area where visitors can observe a crane, bald eagles and various other plants and animals that call these fragile areas home. The historic C.P. Huntington Train Ride takes visitors on a one and a half mile journey through the zoo. The red barn is filled with friendly domestic animals such as llamas, pigs, goats and donkeys.

The zoo offers a variety of camps and programs for children of all ages as well as outreach programs with area schools and groups. There are also programs for adults including the West Virginia Master Naturalist program.


Amanda Scott

Thursday, July 12, 2018
5⭐ for the red panda encounter. What an amazing experience, and Amanda was awesome!! Definitely worth the price. The zoo itself wasn't great. It's big enough but the animals don't seem to have a lot of room. I couldn't find a map so weren't sure if we saw everything. If taking small children, be aware that the walking paths are steep in places. I'd imagine lugging a stroller or wagon up and down would be challenging. The indoor zoo was nice though.

Nicole Brown

Saturday, May 26, 2018
TL:DR The Good Zoo and its staff was really a great experience, I wouldn't go there expecting to see a huge zoo with hundreds of animals (like Atlanta or Washington DC), I would go there looking to see a small group animals with a great staff who loves caring for them. My husband got us three animal encounters at this lovely little zoo for our anniversary. We arrived at the zoo early to walk around and check out the place before our encounter appointments. The zoo is small, we spent a good amount of time in the main building checking out all the reptiles and birds they had. We had about 2 hours before our encounters which was enough to get around and see most of the exhibits. Some the of paths you have to walk to get from exhibit to exhibit are pretty steep so that is something to note. Once it was time for our first 2 encounters we met with Sharon who was super nice and very informative! When you pay for an encounter they drive you over to the animals in a golf cart and tell you all kinds of interesting facts about the zoo on the way. Our first encounter was with the Kangaroos and Wallabies. Sharon told us TONS of info about them as well as fun stories. The second encounter was Red Panda's, these little guys where very shy are first but they give the animals and you enough time to warm up and come out to play. Our last encounter was actually scheduled for the next day and we met with Dr. Joe, who we found out was actually the Zoo Director. You could tell from the get-go that he is 100% into his job and there for the zoo and the animals. He was so amazing about answering any questions about anything. We were there to see the Serval that day and it went great! Dr. Joe also took us around to see the vet hospital and the snow leopard, which hadn't been there the day before since this was its first day on exhibit.

elisabeth brian

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Very disappointed with this zoo. I understand it is a small zoo but the exhibits/cages that the animals are in are way too small and lack enrichment for the animals who reside there. I left feeling extremely sad for the animals who are forced to live out there days in this facility. Not to mention many of the animals that depend on "packs" or partners do not have any. Sad life for beautiful creatures. The train ride was a total joke as you mainly saw woods. This zoo needs updated and the animals need better homes.

Karen Lyle

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Very disappointed to hear that the model train room is closing!! So much effort, creativity went into such a wonderful display. Children love that room and we cannot say enough about the helpful “train guides” as well. Families look forward to being a part of that room.

Brett Guyer

Sunday, May 13, 2018
For those people that complain it's small compared to big city zoos - that's not really a fair comparison. Oglebay is a city park, not state funded..and Wheeling is a small city/small metro. Wheeling is one of the only cities in the country with under 100k population, to have something like Oglebay and the zoo. Most cities would loooove to have something like Oglebay. I have been going to this zoo since I was a little kid and it always brings back a flood of memories, school trips, Boo at the Zoo, dates, etc. One thing to note is I believe they tore down the big model train display. They are going to use that room for more animals.

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