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Visit Mountaineer County CVB: Hovatter’s Wildlife Zoo reopens

As we social distance during the ongoing pandemic, we know it’s taking lots of creativity to stay entertained. Keep dreaming of Mountaineer Country adventures by “spying” for beautiful birds during your next hike and solving our Mountaineer Country word search. Both are available to download at

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Hovatter’s Wildlife Zoo reopened in Mountaineer Country

Hovatter’s Wildlife Zoo, also referred to as “West Virginia’s Zoo,” officially reopened its gates Tuesday to safely allow visitors to see more than 30 species of native and exotic animals. To make up for lost time due to COVID-19, the zoo will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. While this is certainly an exciting time, Hovatter’s wants to provide fun for all while still being responsible and considerate to its guests during these uncertain times. Therefore, the zoo has provided a variety of guidelines and updates to guests as they prepare to visit.

  • If you are sick, please stay home.
  • All guests are recommended to wear a mask but it is not required.
  • Guests must follow all arrows and directions along the Zoo walkways.
  • Guests may not touch the walkway fences.
  • Only one family is permitted in the restrooms at a time.
  • The pavilion/picnic area will be closed until further notice.
  • No food will be permitted in the zoo.
  • The playground area will be closed until further notice.
  • Only one family will be permitted to be at the admission counter at a time. This will be managed by staff.
  • Guests area asked to pay with debit/credit card, if possible, rather than cash.
  • Only two families will be permitted to shop in the gift shop at a time. This will be managed by staff.
  • Only one family will be permitted in the parakeet exhibit at a time. This will be managed by staff. No strollers are permitted in the exhibit.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be stationed throughout the Zoo for guests to use. Guests are asked to sanitize after feeding the animals.
  • The Ferris wheel and roller coaster will be closed until further notice.

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#PlaceIBelongWV Campaign

We wanted to take the time to thank all of those who participated in weeks 2 and 3 of West Virginia Tourism’s #PlaceIBelongWV campaign. Together, we can keep future visitors dreaming of our almost heaven destination. Be sure to check out our week 4 content and participate in a variety of fun activities to show your love of our home. Don’t forget to also use #VisitMountaineerCountry in your post, so we may see!

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The Visit Mountaineer Country CVB strives to increase the tourism economy by marketing and selling the destination to our guests by “wowing” them and encouraging them to stay one more night and spend one more dollar.