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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.


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.

Pam D

Monday, May 14, 2018
We go to the shop lights at Christmas and get an included pass for summer to the zoo. It's small and quaint aaaaaand we love it.

Mike Hans

Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018
It's a smaller zoo but it's good for our son he loves the model train set and the animals and riding the train through the zoo.

William Mikels

Saturday, July 1, 2017
Was a great trip. I have been there many times. I am going again in few weeks. I love the animals and all the information you can learn about the them. The staff is very polite. The bird sanctuary was an amazing experience. I had three or four just land on me and sit there. One in particular found my hair and my ears very fun to lightly pull on. It was great trip it may be small zoo but I'm thankful it's here for my kids and others to visit.

Josiah Young

Monday, June 19, 2017
Just the right amount of zoo for taking younger kids - we had 3 under 7 years old. The staff and volunteers are friendly and knowledgeable. A lot of the exhibits let you walk among the animals where it's safe. Larger zoos usually don't allow this. Lots of opportunity to pet animals. A couple of the animals looked older, but you don't get a sense that they aren't taken care of. You could spend the day here if you wanted but a half day is about right with young kids. The model train exhibit was a bonus that the kids loved (pic).

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