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Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at Oglebay

The Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer activities at Oglebay and John Hargleroad, Director of Operations, says that all the Oglebay facilities will be open beginning Friday, May 23 with some special activities planned for the Memorial Day weekend.

 

Schenk Lake at Oglebay

Aqua Cycles and pedal boats will be one of the many activities available at Schenk Lake at Oglebay during the Memorial Day weekend. Inflatable rides and Doozy the Clown will also be at the lake Saturday, May 24 through Monday, May 26.

“The always-popular inflatable rides will be at the Schenk Lake area on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Doozy the Clown will also be at the lake area all three days from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.,” said Hargleroad.

 

Oglebay will begin offering daily activity wristbands on Friday, May 23.  The wristbands are available at the Good Zoo and Visitors Center through Labor Day and provide all day use at the Par III Golf, Good Zoo and Train Ride, Miniature Golf, Pedal Boats, Fishing, Outdoor Pool, Tennis, Glass Museum, Trolley, and the Mansion Museum. “The wristbands will also provide one admission to the inflatable rides this weekend,” reminded Hargleroad. The wristbands are $16.00 each plus applicable fees and taxes.

 

New this year is a United States Flag Retirement Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 26.  “The special ceremony will be conducted by American Legion Post #1 and the public is encouraged to bring US flags that are no longer serviceable to the ceremony,” said Hargleroad. The American Legion will ensure that the flags are properly disposed of with honor at a later date.

 

“It is interesting to note that American Legion Post #1 in Wheeling was the first American Legion Post established in the United States,” added Hargleroad.  The Post was established by an act of congress in 1919.

 

The Memorial Day Weekend is also a great time to catch up with old friends at the Good Zoo and check out what’s new including the Dinosaur exhibit with all-new dinosaurs. “These lifelike dinosaurs are fitted with electric brains so they move and roar,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo.   Miller said most of the dinosaurs can be discovered in the woods near the Australian Exhibit but a couple of the dinosaurs are located in other areas of the zoo.

 

Dinosaurs at the Good Zoo at Oglebay

An all-new display of lifelike dinosaurs has arrived at the Good Zoo and will greet zoo visitors throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

“The Edmontonia has claimed the top of the wetlands waterfall as his prehistoric perch for the summer and the Suchomimus is located in the Wetlands,” added Miller. For a close up view of the Edmontonia Miller suggested a train ride but the creature can be seen and heard from the Wetlands.

 

The zoo is also accepting entries for the third annual “Capture the Wild” photography contest.  “We have had a great response to our photography contests and are looking forward to this year’s entries,” said Miller.  “We’ll be awarding some great prizes!” Contest rules and entry forms are available on the zoo’s website.

 

Miller also added that the zoo’s Animal Encounters programs are getting more and more popular.  “This program allows guests to get into animal exhibits with the keepers to help feed and train some of the zoo’s animals including the lemurs, red pandas, river otters and kangaroos.” said Miller. The encounters must be scheduled in advance by calling 304-243-4030.

 

The Good Zoo is open daily at 10 am. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $5.75 for ages 3-12, and ages 2 & under and members are free.

 

The popular Segway Tours have also returned for another season.  “Join our friendly guides for an exciting tour on a high tech personal transporter,” said Hargleroad.  “It’s a great way to experience the picturesque natural beauty of Oglebay.” The tours begin at Schenk Lake at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Reservations for Segway Tours can be made by calling 304-243-4090.

 

Amphitheater at Oglebay

The Summer Sunday Entertainment Series at the Amphitheater begins Sunday, May 25 with the Hit Play Band. A different band will be featured every Sunday through Labor Day.

The Hit Play Band will present a free concert at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater on Sunday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  “This performance is the beginning of the Summer Sunday Entertainment Series featuring a different band every Sunday through Labor Day at the amphitheater,” added Hargleroad. The entire summer’s schedule is available on the Oglebay website.

 

“For those who want to celebrate the weekend with an all-American picnic, many beautiful picnic sites are available at Oglebay and can be reserved by calling 304-243-4010,” added Hargleroad.

 

The Seafood Gala is available at the Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge on Friday evening and the new Chop House featuring apple-smoked Prime Rib, is offered on Saturday evening.  For dining reservations call 304-243-4080.

 

For more information on all activities at Oglebay visit www.oglebay-resort.com.

All New Dinosaurs Invade the Good Zoo

Amargasaurus and her baby at the Good Zoo

An Amargasaurus and her baby can be found foraging in the woods near the Australian Exhibit at the Good Zoo at Oglebay. The zoo is featuring an all-new display of lifelike dinosaurs, all fitted with an electric brain, so they move and roar.

An all-new display of lifelike dinosaurs has arrived at the Good Zoo and will greet zoo visitors throughout the summer.  “The dinosaurs are fitted with an electric brain so they move and roar,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo.  The dinosaurs at the Good Zoo this summer include a Stegosaurus, Edmontonia, Suchomimus, Amargasaurus and her baby and others.  There is also a T-Rex that is non-robotic so visitors can sit on it and take their photo or video, but all other dinosaurs are robotic and move and roar.

 

Although most of the dinosaurs can be discovered in the woods near the Australian Exhibit a couple of the dinosaurs are located in other areas of the zoo.

 

“The Edmontonia has claimed the top of the wetlands waterfall as his prehistoric perch for the summer and the Suchomimus is located in the Wetlands,” added Miller. For a close up view of the Edmontonia Miller suggested a train ride but the creature can be seen and heard from the Wetlands.

 

Stegosaurus dinosaur at the Good Zoo

Jillian Davis from Bethlehem stands next to the Stegosaurus dinosaur at the Good Zoo. Jillian was the winner of a contest to decide what color the Stegosaurus would be painted while it is on display at the Good Zoo.

The Stegosaurus is painted in a unique color design that was created by Jillian Davis of Bethlehem.  “Jillian was the winner of our Design your own Stegosaurus Contest held earlier this year,” said Miller.

 

Miller said the entire zoo staff has been working with a paleontologist.  “The staff is well-versed on the dinosaurs that are currently on exhibit and are prepared to pass on this information to all visitors,” said Miller.  Paleontologists continue to find new dig sites and new dinosaur species, and advanced tools and new discoveries have led to new conclusions about dinosaurs. “Museums have had to change exhibits numerous times as paleontology forms a more accurate picture of dinosaurs,” said Miller.

 

Several special events and summer camps are planned at the Good Zoo this summer including a visit from “Dr. Dino” on July 12 and July 13.  “The ‘Dr Dino’ events will allow visitors to touch real dinosaur bones and learn from an expert dinosaur hunter,” added Miller.  

 

The zoo is currently open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Admission to the Good Zoo is $9.00 for adults; $5.75 for children ages 3-12; and Good Zoo members and ages 2 and under are admitted free.  Lorikeet Landing and the train ride are open Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, weather permitting.  The train ride is $2.25 per person and a cup of nectar to feed to the lorikeets is $1.00.  Additional information on the Good Zoo can be found at www.oglebay-resort.com/goodzoo, including dinosaur-themed summer camps. The dinosaurs go extinct on Labor Day.

 

Edmontonia at the Good Zoo

The Edmontonia has claimed the top of the wetlands waterfall at the Good Zoo at Oglebay as his prehistoric perch for the summer.

The dinosaurs are from Billings Productions, North America’s leading provider of life-size animatronic dinosaurs for zoos, museums and theme parks. According to their website at www.billingsproductions.com, the company aims to encourage discovery and create awareness of prehistoric life in both young and old by making learning fun and entertaining.

Labor Day Weekend Activities at Oglebay include Symphony Performance with Fireworks and Drool in the Pool Dog Swim Returns

Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater at Oglebay

The Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater at Oglebay will host Wheeling Symphony’s Music Under the Stars on Sunday, September 2. The free performance is part of Oglebay’s Labor Day Weekend celebration and fireworks will follow the symphony’s concert.

An exciting Labor Day Weekend Celebration is planned at Oglebay on Saturday, August 31, Sunday, September 1 and Monday, September 2.  “The most-anticipated event, Wheeling Symphony’s free performance, ‘Music Under the Stars’, will take place on Sunday,” said John Hargleroad, Director of Operations for the Wheeling Park Commission.  The Suzuki Strings will perform at the amphitheater on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Wheeling Symphony’s performance at 7:30 p.m.  A brilliant fireworks display will take place at the amphitheater at the conclusion of the symphony.

 

A Labor Day weekend favorite, “Fort Henry Days”, returns to Site One at Oglebay on Saturday, and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. on both days.  A battle reenactment will be held at Camp Russel at 3:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

 

The Oglebay Woodcarver’s Show, another long-time favorite Labor Day event, will be held at the Pine Room on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The show features sales, demonstrations and exhibits.

 

Hargleroad noted that there is no admission to the Wheeling Symphony performance, Fort Henry Days and the Woodcarver’s Show, although donations are appreciated at the Woodcarver’s Show.

 

Inflatable rides and a rock-climbing wall will be at the Schenk Lake area on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. each day.  The inflatable rides start at $1.00 per ride and the rock wall is $5.00 for each climb.  

 

Daily Activity Wristbands will be available at the Good Zoo and Visitors Center all three days. The wristbands provide all day use at the Par III Golf, Good Zoo and Train Ride, Miniature Golf, Pedal Boats, Fishing, Outdoor Pool, Tennis, Glass Museum, Trolley, and the Mansion Museum. The wristbands are $16.00 each plus applicable fees and taxes.  One free ride on the inflatable rides is included with the purchase of a wristband.

 

Dinosaur Exhibit at the Good Zoo

The Labor Day Weekend is a great time to visit the Good Zoo at Oglebay to see the Dinosaur Exhibit before it goes extinct. The zoo will present “Dino Talk” on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, August 31-September 2, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

“The Labor Day Weekend is a great time to visit the Good Zoo and see the Dinosaur Exhibit before it goes extinct!” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo. This special exhibit includes five life-sized dinosaurs, one off-spring, and a nest of newly-hatched baby dinos. “The dinosaurs are fitted with an electric brain so they move and roar,” added Miller.

 

 The zoo will present “Dino Talk” with the baby T-Rex on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.

 

The zoo opens daily at 10:00 a.m. and admission to the zoo is $9.00 for non-member adults and $5.75 for ages 3-12.  Zoo members and ages 2 and under are free.

 

Drool in the Pool at Oglebay

Wheeling native Dick Farley helped his family's two-year-old golden retriever, Sophie, learn to swim at last year’s Drool in the Pool canine swim at the Oglebay pool. Drool in the Pool returns this year to close out the Labor Day weekend activities on Monday, September 2 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Because it was so popular last year “Drool in the Pool” at the Oglebay Outdoor pool will return this year on Monday from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.  “Dogs, like humans, can enjoy the refreshing water and exercise a public pool provides and many areas across the country allow dogs to swim in a public pool after the pool season is over,” said Hargleroad.  “We are excited to offer this special dog swim when the outdoor pool closes for the season on Monday at 4:00 p.m.” There is no admission to “Drool in the Pool” and all dogs participating in the swim must have proof of a current rabies vaccination, and one human, aged 16 and above, is permitted in the pool with one dog. 

Click here for the Drool in the Pool release form.  Rules:   

  1. All owners must have proof of their dog’s current Rabies vaccination.
  2. All dogs must be current on all other vaccinations: Parvovirus (CPV), Canine distemper virus (CDV), Canine adenovirus (CAV).
  3. One human is permitted in the pool with one dog.
  4. No human swimming – wading only.
  5. No one under 16 may wade in the pool.
  6. Participants who are pregnant or have compromised immune systems may not enter the pool.
  7. No dogs or humans with open wounds may enter the pool.
  8. Activity is confined to the shallow end of the pool.
  9. Owners are responsible for any and all accidents and injury to their own dog.
  10. Vicious or aggressive dogs may be required to leave.
  11. Retractable leashes are not permitted.
  12. Dogs must be clean and brushed before entering the pool.
  13. Owners must pick up their dog’s waste.
  14. Participants must bath after the event.

Independence Celebration Activities Planned at Oglebay on July 3rd & 4th

Fireworks at Oglebay on July 3

The fireworks will begin at 9:30 pm on July 3 at Schenk Lake with special patriotic music presented in conjunction with the fireworks. The Subway Show Band will perform at the lake from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

An exciting Independence Celebration is planned at Oglebay on Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4. “The most-popular event, the fireworks display, will take place on Wednesday, July 3, at Schenk Lake,” said John Hargleroad, Operations Director for the Wheeling Park Commission.  The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. with special patriotic music presented in conjunction with the fireworks. “The event is an annual tribute to Albert Schenk, and features inspiring patriotic music and fireworks,” said Hargleroad. Wednesday’s festivities at the lake also include picnic-style food service from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and the Subway Show Band performing at the lake from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

 

New activities on Wednesday, July 3, include Fort Henry Re-enactors at the Wagon Shed Shelter across from Schenk Lake from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. and an Ice Carving demonstration by Chris Kefauver from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Wagon Shed.

 

Oglebay Stables

Free tours of the Oglebay Stables plus ½ off pony rides during the Independence Celebration. Trail rides are also available by reservation.

On Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the Oglebay Stables will be offering free tours plus half off on pony rides from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  “No reservations are required for the pony rides but call 304-243-4042 to schedule a trail ride,” added Hargleroad.  The pony ride special will also be offered on Thursday, July 4 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 

Inflatable rides and a rock wall will be at the Schenk Lake area from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday. The inflatable rides start at $1.00 per ride and the rock wall is $5.00.

 

Schenk Lake at Oglebay

Schenk Lake will be the hub of activities for the Independence Celebration at Oglebay on Wed, July 3 & Thurs, July 4. Inflatable rides and a rock wall will be at the lake area both days and Wednesday’s activities at the lake also include Fort Henry re-enactors, ice-carving demonstration and special picnic food service. The Independence Celebration is also a great time to try out the Aqua Cycles.

Activity wristbands are available every day during the summer at the Good Zoo and Visitors Center and provide all day admission to: Par III Golf, Good Zoo & Train Ride, Miniature Golf, Pedal Boats, Fishing, Outdoor Pool, Tennis, Glass Museum & Craftsman Center, Trolley and Mansion Museum. Rental equipment is not included. Wristbands are $16.00 each and one free ride on the inflatable rides is included with the purchase of a wristband.

 

The Independence Celebration is also a great time to catch up with old friends at the Good Zoo and check out what’s new including the life-size, moving and roaring dinosaurs.  The zoo will present “Dino Talk” with the baby T-Rex on Wednesday, July 3, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.  The animal care staff will be doing animal enrichment activities from 1:00. to 4:00 p.m. both days  including special red, white and blue treats and special activities to give the animals something fun to explore. “Come watch the animals play!” added Miller.

 

Dinosaurs at the Oglebay Good Zoo

Oglebay’s Independence Celebration is a great time to see the life-size, moving and roaring dinosaurs that have invaded the Good Zoo for the summer. The animal care staff will be doing animal enrichment activities from 1:00. to 4:00 p.m. on both Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4.

The zoo opens daily at 10:00 a.m. during the summer. Admission to the zoo is $9.00 for non-member adults and $5.75 for ages 3-12.  Zoo members and ages 2 and under are free.

 

Aqua Cycles, pedal boats, fishing and miniature golf are available all summer at Schenk Lake.  “The aqua cycles are great fun and great exercise,” said Hargleroad.

 

“And our Segway Tours are back so visitors can join our friendly guides for an exciting tour on a high tech personal transporter,” added Hargleroad. Segway Tours are offered at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., beginning at Schenk Lake.  Advance reservations can be made for the Segways by calling 304-243-4090.

 

The Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge has great new events this summer including Linguini’s Trattoria on Wednesday and Platters Family Style on Thursday.  Brian Burkley, Director of Oglebay Food and Beverage described Linguini’s as “an interactive Italian experience for the entire family.”

 

Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Oglebay

The Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge has great new events this summer including Linguini’s Trattoria on Wednesday and Platters Family Style on Thursday. Families will love both events!

“Families will love both events,” added Burkley.  “Wednesday’s Linguini’s menu features pasta, pizza, soup, salads and desserts, and the Thursday night Platters menu features comfort food served family style.”

 

The dining room also has the Seafood Gala on Friday evenings and the Smokehouse on Saturday evenings this summer.  All events are from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and reservations can be made by calling 304-243-4080.

 

“For those who want to celebrate the holiday with an all-American picnic, many beautiful picnic sites are available at Oglebay and can be reserved by calling 304-243-4010,” added Hargleroad.

 

For more information on the 4th of July celebration, call the Oglebay Visitors Center at 304-243-4010.

Memorial Day Weekend Celebration at Oglebay

The Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer activities at Oglebay and John Hargleroad, Director of Operations, says that all the Oglebay facilities will be open beginning Friday, May 24 with some special activities planned for the Memorial Day weekend.

 

Aqua cycles, pedal boats, fishing at Schenk Lake at Oglebay

Aqua Cycles and pedal boats will be one of the many activities available at Schenk Lake at Oglebay during the Memorial Day weekend. Inflatable rides and Doozy the Clown will also be at the lake Saturday, May 25 through Monday, May 27.

“The always-popular inflatable rides will be at the Schenk Lake area on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. and Doozy the Clown will also be at the lake area all three days from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.,” said Hargleroad.

 

Oglebay will begin offering daily activity wristbands on Friday, May 24.  The wristbands are available at the Good Zoo and Visitors Center through Labor Day and provide all day use at the Par III Golf, Good Zoo and Train Ride, Miniature Golf, Pedal Boats, Fishing, Outdoor Pool, Tennis, Glass Museum, Trolley, and the Mansion Museum. “The wristbands will also provide one admission to the inflatable rides this weekend,” reminded Hargleroad. The wristbands are $16.00 each plus applicable fees and taxes.

 

The Memorial Day Weekend is also a great time to catch up with old friends at the Good Zoo and check out what’s new including the Dinosaur exhibit.  On Saturday, May 25, the zoo will hold “Dino Discussions,” from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 

New mongoose lemurs at the Good Zoo at Oglebay

All animals will be on exhibit at the Good Zoo during the Memorial Day Weekend including the new mongoose lemurs. These highly endangered lemurs are now part of the Animal Encounters program that allow zoo guests to get into animal exhibits with the keepers to help feed and train some of the animals including the red pandas, river otters, kangaroos and ring-tailed lemurs. The special Dinosaur exhibit at the Good Zoo continues through Labor Day.

The zoo is also accepting entries for the second annual “Capture the Wild” photography contest.  “We had a great response last summer to our photography contest and are looking forward to this year’s entries,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo.  “We’ll be awarding some great prizes!” Contest rules and entry forms are available on the zoo’s website at www.oglebay-resort.com/goodzoo.

 

Miller also added that the zoo’s Animal Encounters programs are getting more and more popular.  “This program allows guests to get into animal exhibits with the keepers to help feed and train some of the zoo’s animals including the new mongoose lemurs,” said Miller. Animal Encounters also include the ring-tailed lemurs, red pandas, river otters and kangaroos. The encounters must be scheduled in advance by calling 304-243-4030.

 

The Good Zoo is open daily at 10 am. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $5.75 for ages 3-12, and ages 2 & under and members are free.

 

The popular Segway Tours have also returned for another season.  “Join our friendly guides for an exciting tour on a high tech personal transporter,” said Hargleroad.  “It’s a great way to experience the picturesque natural beauty of Oglebay.” The tours begin at Schenk Lake at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Reservations for Segway Tours can be made by calling 304-243-4090.

 

Seafood Gala at Ihlenfeld Dining Room

Beginning Memorial Day Weekend several special dining events will be offered at the Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge including the Seafood Gala every Friday evening. Other new dining events planned for this summer are Linguini's Italian Trattoria every Wednesday, Platters Family Style every Thursday, and The Smokehouse featuring Prime Rib every Saturday. Call 304-243-4080 for reservations.

The Easy Street Band will present a free concert at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater on Sunday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  “This performance is the beginning of the Summer Sunday Entertainment Series featuring a different band every Sunday through Labor Day at the amphitheater,” added Hargleroad. The entire summer’s schedule is available at www.oglebay-resort.com/summer_ent.htm.

 

“For those who want to celebrate the weekend with an all-American picnic, many beautiful picnic sites are available at Oglebay and can be reserved by calling 304-243-4010,” added Hargleroad.

 

The Seafood Gala is available at the Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson Lodge on Friday evening and the new Smokehouse, featuring Prime Rib, is offered on Saturday evening.  For dining reservations call 304-243-4080.

Back from Extinction – Dinosaurs Invade Good Zoo

Dinosaur Exhibit at the Good Zoo at Oglebay

A Juvenile T –Rex roars at the new Dinosaur Exhibit at the Good Zoo at Oglebay. The life-sized, moving and roaring dinosaurs will greet zoo visitors throughout the summer.

Five life-sized dinosaurs, and one off-spring, have arrived at the Good Zoo at Oglebay, and will greet zoo visitors throughout the summer.  “The dinosaurs are fitted with an electric brain so they move and roar, and can be discovered in the woods near the Australian Exhibit,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo.

 

Miller said the entire zoo staff has been working with a paleontologist.  “The staff is well-versed on the dinosaurs that are currently on exhibit and are prepared to pass on this information to all visitors,” said Miller.  Paleontologists continue to find new dig sites and new dinosaur species, and advanced tools and new discoveries have led to new conclusions about dinosaurs. “Museums have had to change exhibits numerous times as paleontology forms a more accurate picture of dinosaurs,” said Miller.

 

The dinosaurs at the Good Zoo this summer include a large Styracosaurus and her baby, a Dilophosaurus, a Juvenile T –Rex, a Deltadromeus and Parasaurolophus. The Parasaurolophus is non-robotic so visitors can sit on it and take their photo or video, but all other dinosaurs are robotic and move and roar.

 

Dinosaur Exhibit at the Good Zoo at Oglebay

Vincent O’Leary, educator at the Good Zoo, welcomes visitors to the new Dinosaur Exhibit, and stands in front of the mama Styracosaurus. The staff is well-versed on the dinosaurs that are currently on exhibit and are happy to pass on this information to all visitors.

The Styracosaurus, whose name means “Spiked Lizard” was found in North America and Asia during the late cretaceous period. This species had six large spikes coming from the large frill on the back of the head, two horns on the upper mouth, and one horn on the nose.  The spikes were arranged differently for each individual. Styracosaurus had a beak to eat plants and fossil beds show tracks where multiple individuals walked together and laid eggs together. Functioning in groups allowed them to defend themselves from predators and to be less vulnerable. Miller said the Styracosaurus functioned ecologically like today’s rhino.

 

The Dilophosaurus, whose name means “Two-ridged Lizard” was 20 feet long and about 6 feet tall. It was a medium sized, fish-eating dinosaur that scavenged.

 

Tyrannosaurus Rex, or T-Rex, means “Tyrant Lizard King” and is one of today’s most recognizable dinosaur species.  Most of the specimens of T-Rex were found in fossil beds in Montana and South Dakota.  One of the largest land carnivores, a full-grown T-Rex was 40 feet long and 13 feet high. “Many thought that the T-Rex was an active hunter but evidence supports the hypothesis that they were mostly scavengers,”  said Miller.  Because T-Rex was one of the most recent dinosaurs to go extinct, its bones were well-preserved and a great deal is known about it.

 

The Parasaurolophus, whose name means “Near Crested Lizard” was a herbivore that walked on four legs to forage for food and ran on two legs. Parasaurolophus had beak-like mouths for breaking down grasses and ate in groups to avoid predation, functioning ecologically the same as a herd of gazelles today.  Specimens were found in North America, from Mexico to Canada.

 

Dinosaur Exhibit at the Good Zoo at Oglebay

The Deltadromeus, whose name means ‘River Runner’ has claimed the top of the wetlands waterfall at the Good Zoo at Oglebay as his prehistoric perch for the summer.

“The Deltadromeus, whose name means ‘River Runner’ has claimed the top of the wetlands waterfall as his prehistoric perch for the summer,” said Miller. Deltadromeus was also a carnivore and walked on two legs, and was about 30 feet long.  Very few have been found and only partial skeletons can be studied, so not much is known about this species. For a close up view of the Deltadromeus Miller suggested a train ride but the creature can be seen and heard from the wetlands.

 

The zoo is currently open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Admission to the Good Zoo is $9.00 for adults; $5.75 for children ages 3-12; and Good Zoo members and ages 2 and under are admitted free.  Lorikeet Landing and the train ride are open Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm, weather permitting.  The train ride is $2.25 per person and a cup of nectar to feed to the lorikeets is $1.00.  Visit the Good Zoo website to view a video on the dinosaurs and for more zoo details including dinosaur-themed summer camps. The dinosaurs go extinct on Labor Day.

 

The dinosaurs are from Billings Productions, North America’s leading provider of life-size animatronic dinosaurs for zoos, museums and theme parks. According to their website the company aims to encourage discovery and create awareness of prehistoric life in both young and old by making learning fun and entertaining.

Dinosaurs Invade the Good Zoo Just in Time for Easter Treasure Hunt

Dinos at Good Zoo just in time for the Treasure Hunt

The Good Zoo at Oglebay has been invaded by four life-sized, moving and roaring dinosaurs which can be discovered in the woods near the Australian exhibit. The dinosaurs have arrived just in time for the annual Treasure Hunt at the Good Zoo on March 29 and 30. Animal Keeper Katie Marino, left, shows off the young dinosaur that arrived with its big brothers and sisters to Hannah, 12, Benjamin, 7, and Aaron Skiles, 11, from Venetia, PA, while the Easter Bunny keeps a close watch.

The Oglebay Good Zoo Treasure Hunt is Friday and Saturday, March 29 and 30, and in addition to the Easter Bunny some other special guests will be on hand during the hunt.  “The Good Zoo has been invaded by four life-sized, moving and roaring dinosaurs which can be discovered in the woods out near the Australian exhibit,” said Penny Miller, Director of the Good Zoo. “Come enjoy the Treasure Hunt and take a sneak peak at our new dinosaurs!”

 

The dinosaurs will be at the zoo through the summer and include a large Styracosaurus and her baby, a Juvenile T –Rex, a Dilophosaurus, a Deltadromeus and Parasaurolophus. “The Deltadromeus, whose name means ‘river runner’ has claimed the top of the wetlands waterfall as his prehistoric perch for the summer,” said Miller.  The Parasaurolophus is non-robotic so visitors can sit on it and take their photo or video, but all other dinosaurs are robotic and move and roar.

 

The Treasure Hunt is an annual favorite for children of all ages as the hunt is non-competitive so even very young children can participate.  The hunt is from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day.  “Every child who participates in the event receives a treasure map and an Easter bucket to hold their treasures,” added Miller.

 

Admission to the Good Zoo, which includes the Treasure Hunt, is $9.00 for adults; $5.75 for children ages 3-12; and free for ages 2 and under.  Good Zoo members are free but members’ children that participate in the hunt must purchase a ticket for $4.00.

 

Activities at Oglebay for Easter Sunday, March 31, begin with the Easter Sunrise Service at the Anne Kuchinka Amphitheater at 7:00 a.m.  In the event of inclement weather, the sunrise service will be moved indoors.

 

An Easter Buffet will be offered at the Ihlenfeld Dining Room at Wilson from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.  The cost is $29.95 for adults; $15.50 for ages 11-14; $12.50 for ages 5-10; and complimentary for ages 4 and under.  Reservations for the dining room can be made by calling 304-243-4080.