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Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley
Tel: 952-431-9200

Where are we going today?

There are zoos, and then there are ZOOs - and Minnesota Zoo is a ZOO!

Why? Well, how about we start with the fact that the amazing exhibits are spread across 485 acres of outdoor trails to explore, and the LARGEST indoor interconnected series of zoo exhibits in the entire USA! 

Now THAT is impressive!

Not only that, kids and families and have incredible animal encounters as they explore and meet all of the 5,300 animals that live there! Phew - that's going to be a WILD day out!

Minnesota Zoo is a great place for kids to really learn and understand the animals - why they are important, how they live, and the wonders of nature. Give that many of the animals within the zoo are endangered, it also gives them a chance to understand conservation, and why it's so important to look after the beautiful creatures on our planet!

Kids can meet their favourites, from the stunning Amur Tiger, to the grand bald eagle. They can watch those iconic American Bison roam, or spot the snowy owls as they sleep.

The learning never stops as they discover creatures they had never heard of before? Have you ever seen a Takin, or met a Hyrax? Do you know what a Skipperling is? Well, we know a great place to find out!

If the animals weren't enough, you can continue the family fun on the Conservation Carousel, or experience a working farm, and learn how food gets to the table! It's also where the hands-on fun begins, with the domestic animals such as goats and pigs waiting to make friends!

Active kids can also enjoy the woodland adventure nature-based play area, as well as the wild woods where kids can discover and play in nature. Climbing is DEFINITELY allowed!

So are you ready to have a WILD day out at Minnesota Zoo? We certainly are, and we can't wait!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$18
  • Children$12 (Ages 3-12)
  • Free Under: 2 years

When can we go?

9am - 4pm. 6pm close over summer and some weekends

Open 363 days a year!

Teachers corner

They offer reduced admission for group visits! They also have a unique program for on-site experiences, and would be happy to help arrange a field trip.

I'm Hungry!

There are a number of places to enjoy those tasty foods!From burgers, to pizza, and even treats like ice cream, there are plenty of options - some seasonal, but some year round.

Healthy Eating!

There is Mix'd Greens where they offer speciality salads!.

Any Top Tips?

As soon as you arrive, check out the schedule for the day so you don't miss anything!.

Doing our bit

They support sustainability, with recycled bags, using Fair Trade products, supporting bag-free shopping, and being involved with wildlife conservation! Phew!.

Need a little extra help?

They are committed to making the zoo accessible and fun for all, but if you have any questions, there are staff all through the zoo that can help!.

Baby Facilities

There is a nursing area at the zoo, a reading corner, as well as changing tables in the restrooms.

Can I get one of those?

Bring that pocket money, because you will need it! The gift shop is open during normal hors, and is filled with souvenirs, animal-themed items, apparel, and merchandise - to name a few!.

More information

Some of the activities have an additional cost, including the carousel at $2,.

What people are saying?

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    Great zoo, lots to explore! Hard to see everything in one trip. Our family loved the farm where you can see all kinds of farms animals. The new bear exhibit is awesome two. You are almost always guaranteed to see a couple grizzlies wrestling.

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