Zoos in ROCHESTER with kids

It’s animal time in Rochester, Minnesota and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Rochester because this The North Star State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Minnesota Zoo

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    (63 miles) Apple Valley

    Over 480 acres of outdoor trails, and the largest indoor interconnected zoo exhibits in the USA at this incredible zoo, with over 5,300 animals to experience!

  • The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center

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    (68 miles) West Saint Paul

    With farm animals, birds of prey and a mass of natural local wildlife, they have been teaching and enthralling kids for over forty years. Plus orchard, bee apiary and special events.

  • Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium

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    (69 miles) Bloomington

    Previously Underwater Adventures Aquarium, this fun Minnesota Sea Life Aquarium has over 10,000 sea creatures that the whole family can experience!

  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

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    (74 miles) Saint Paul

    The attractions located here include the zoo, the conservatory, an amusement park, a carousel, Lake Como, a golf course, a pool and more. The park receives more than 2.5 million visitors annually. ...

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  • Pipsqueaks Indoor Playground

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    (1 miles) Rochester

    Indoor fun for little ones up to 5 years, with slides, rides, toddler zone and ways to let that imagination soar! Open seasonally over winter

  • Good Times Park

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    (66 miles) Eagan

    Fun indoor play where the outside is enjoyed inside! With inflatables, basketball, jumpers, and adventure playgrounds, it's perfect for those active kids!

  • Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground

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    (66 miles) Woodbury

    A state of the art indoor playground in Central Park in Minnesota for kids under 12 years!

  • Jumps and Downs

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    (75 miles) Shakopee

    A day of bouncing fun for kids of all ages!

  • Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center

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    (54 miles) Hastings

    At Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, we believe in fostering appreciation and inspiring stewardship of the natural world through quality environmental education, conservation practices, and ...

  • Red Cedar Trail and Hoffman Hills

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    (64 miles) Menomonie

    Two of Dunn County’s premier natural and recreational destinations. Whether bicycling, skiing, hiking, walking or canoeing, you will discover miles of spectacular natural beauty.

  • The Mississippi

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    (71 miles) Saint Paul

    Established in 1988, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area includes 72 miles of the Mississippi River stretching from the cities of Dayton and Ramsey to just south of Hastings. One of ...

  • Minnehaha Regional Park

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    (72 miles) Minneapolis

    Visit one of the first state parks created in the USA in Minneapolis, with historical sites, gardens, waterfalls, and fun activities!

  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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    (81 miles) Chaska

    A nature playground for the whole family with over 1,100 acres of gardens, woods and trails.

  • Effigy Mounds National Monument

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    (87 miles) Harpers Ferry

    There are numerous opportunities for you to enjoy a self-guided tour or join a ranger for a hike, walk, talk or historic demonstration. Most trails are moderately strenuous, however, there are some ...

  • Cascade Bay

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    (65 miles) Eagan

    Check out one of the most popular water parks in Minnesota! From slides, lazy rivers, to shipwrecks, this is one water park ready to make a SPLASH!

  • Water Park of America

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    (70 miles) Bloomington

    Located inside the Radisson Hotel Bloomington, near Mall of America and soaring 90 feet above the Twin Cities' skyline, Water Park of America entertains both the young and young at heart. Surf on ...

  • Chaos Indoor Water Park

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    (71 miles) Eau Claire

    Chaos Water Park, inside the resort, is packed with ways to thrill, explore and find your ultra human strengths. This award-winning comic book park is filled with more than typical slides and rivers; ...

  • Bear Foot Bay Indoor Waterpark

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    (93 miles) Prairie du Chien

    Come check out our body slide, waterfall spa, activity pool with water basketball, children's pool with water geysers, kids' slide, prehistoric fish and much more!

  • Bounce World

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    (4 miles) Rochester

    15,000 sq feet of Minnesota bounce playland! Kids can bounce their heart away for the day in a fun and colorful environment!

  • Northwoods Orchard

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    (9 miles) Oronoco

    Seasonal family day out fun in Minnesota with pumpkin patch, a corn maze, backwoods golf, wagon rides and animals too!

  • Crayola Experience Minneapolis

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    (69 miles) Bloomington

    The magic of Crayola comes to life in Minnesota for kids, where they can create, play, and enjoy hands-on fun in over 60,000 sq ft of adventures!

  • FlyOver America

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    (69 miles) Bloomington

    Soar over some of the most amazing landscapes in the USA with this fully immersive experience using special effects, and cutting edge technology!

  • Hyland Play Area

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    (71 miles) Bloomington

    A fun play structure in the Hyland Lake Park Reserve in Minnesota, with an area for those under 5s and with disabilities.

  • Edinborough Indoor Park

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    (72 miles) Edina

    An indoor park! 1 acre of parkland indoors with features including swimming, sports and a nearly 40 ft high climbing tree themed adventure play frame with unusual features and a large toddler area.

  • Simply Jane Open Artists Studio

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    (73 miles) Minneapolis

    One of a kind budding artists attraction! Easily accessible professional artists studio with affordable fun designs on canvas and accessories. Professional paint, brushes and instruction. Ideal for ...

  • Cafesjian Carousel

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    (74 miles) St Paul

    Operated by volunteers in St. Paul's Como Park, this 68-horse carousel was built in 1914 and rescued from auction in 1988.

  • Fort Custer Maze

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    (76 miles) Clear Lake

    Not just a family thing - it's a MAZE thing! Fort Custer Maze is 2 miles of maze for kids to challenge themselves in, as well as a Jump-A-Roo inflatable! What a way to spend the family's day in Iowa!

  • Big Thrill Factory

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    (80 miles) Minnetonka

    We are a family entertainment center featuring family-friendly games and attractions including bowling, laser tag, 3-story kids fun factory, black light ropes course, bump n' spin cars and much more! ...

  • Nickelodeon Universe

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    (69 miles) Bloomington

    One of the country's leading family theme parks, offering 27 rides and attractions for ALL ages, as well as adventure golf and the highest Sky Trails rope course in the world!

  • Valleyfair

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    (73 miles) Shakopee

    A family fun theme park with more than 75 rides and attractions on 90 acres, and is the largest amusement park in the upper Midwest! Impressive!

  • Childrens Museum of La Crosse

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    (62 miles) La Crosse

    Learning and fun rolled into one! Three floors of hands-on exhibits, birthday parties, gift shop, field trips, summer day camps, special programs, and more. For ages 1-12 with adult companions.

  • The Works

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    (69 miles) Bloomington

    Ideal for kids aged 5 - 12, this very fun and hands-on museum features 40 interactive, kid-powered exhibits that highlight mechanisms and simple machines, where they can try, build and play as they ...

  • Kids Club At MacNider Museum

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    (71 miles) Mason City

    Kids' Club is an activity-based exploration of the visual arts and the treasures of the MacNider Museum for children ages 5 through 12 ! The Charles H. MacNider Museum is a non-profit, municipally ...

  • Minnesota Museum of American Art

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    (71 miles) St Paul

    The MMAA was founded as an art school in 1927, when it formally incorporated as The Saint Paul School of Art. Collecting works of art, for instructional purposes, began in the late 1930's. Over time, ...

  • Science Museum of Minnesota

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    (71 miles) Saint Paul

    The Science Museum of Minnesota, founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. One of the many fun family places to go if ...