Zoos in SAINT CLOUD with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Saint Cloud 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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  • Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

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    (63 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. ...

  • Sea Life Minnesota Aquarium

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    (66 miles) Bloomington

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

  • The Thomas Irvine Dodge Nature Center

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    (69 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.

  • Minnesota Zoo

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    (72 miles) Apple Valley

    Our mission is to connect people, animals and the natural world., which means we're dedicated to inspiring people to act on behalf of the environment. To accomplish this, we provide award-winning ...

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  • Maple Maze Indoor Playground

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    (47 miles) Maple Grove

    The main climbing structure is a literal maze of tunnels, climbs and activities with 4 new slides and numerous interactive features, plus a separate toddler zone with animal friends and their own ...

  • Pump It Up Plymouth

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    (49 miles) Plymouth

    Inflatables, open jump, GLOW jump, and even sensory nights at this Minnesota indoor play experience for active kids!

  • Eagles Nest

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    (58 miles) New Brighton

    From climbing walls, to triple slides, ball pits and a foam forest, kids can play all day at this indoor playground in Minnesota!

  • Jumps and Downs

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    (61 miles) Shakopee

    A day of bouncing fun for kids of all ages!

  • Monkey House

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    (66 miles) White Bear Lake

    Indoor fun in Minnesota with 5000 sq ft of indoor play filled with bounce houses, an obstacle course, slide, rings, swings, foam pit and more!

  • Good Times Park

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    (70 miles) Eagan

    Vast range of indoor fun from classic playground and bouncy house to sports, construction play, moving playground, reading and art zone and a terrific hologram game.

  • Lookout Ridge Indoor Playground

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    (74 miles) Woodbury

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

  • Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

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    (55 miles) Chaska

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

  • Paul Bunyan State Trail

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    (55 miles) Minnesota

    The Paul Bunyan Trail, over 100 miles in length, covers a large area. The trail now includes 80 paved miles. With 7 segment maps and over 14 individual city maps and descriptions.

  • Discovery Hallow and Garden

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    (63 miles) White Bear Township

    A nature filled play area in the stunning Ramsey County.

  • Minnehaha Regional Park

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    (64 miles) Minneapolis

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

  • The Mississippi

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    (67 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 ...

  • Saint Croix

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    (74 miles) Saint Croix Falls

    St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers offer 252 miles of clean water gliding past a lush green landscape, with glimpses of a human presence. Choose to canoe and camp amid the northwoods, or boat and fish ...

  • Teddy Bear Park

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    (75 miles) Stillwater

    Offers a large, imaginative adventure playground with equipment designed for under 7s, and further open playspace around for older kids to play.

  • Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center

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    (85 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 ...

  • Bunker Beach

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    (49 miles) Coon Rapids

    Cool your family off with Bunker Beach's fun waterslides, lazy river, a host of pools, and a play structure!

  • Big Splash Minnesota Indoor Waterpark

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    (65 miles) Alexandria

    38,000 square foot of Minnesota indoor waterpark featuring three exhilarating 4-story slides that twists and turns, "Lazy River" floating inner tube ride and more!

  • Water Park of America

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    (66 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 ...

  • Cascade Bay

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    (71 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!

  • Taylors Falls Canoe and Kayak Rental

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    (74 miles) Taylors Falls

    Encounter all sorts of wet wildlife as you meander along the St. Croix River with trips totally tailorable for between 2 and 7 hours. Also on site during summer: Wild Mountain Waterpark, Alpine ...

  • Cedar Lake Speedway

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    (81 miles) New Richmond

    Racing for watching rather than doing, but thrilling for kids if they can take the volume!

  • A Maze N Farmyard

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    (25 miles) Eden Valley

    A fun and family friendly farm where kids can pet, feed and hold the sweet farm animals. This Minnesota farm also has a maze, slide and bounce barn!

  • Apple Jack Orchards

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    (36 miles) Delano

    Catch a wagon ride tour of the farm, explore the corn maze, and enjy the rural style play area with slides plus hay bales, tyres and wooden tractor for climbing. They also offer a small animal park ...

  • WhirlyBall Twin Cities

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    (47 miles) North Maple Grove

    WhirlyBall: a team game with a unique blend of basketball, hockey, lacrosse, and bumper cars! They also have a 4000 square foot arena to play lazer tag, the bruise-less, mess-less combat game played ...

  • Mille Lacs Lake

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    (52 miles) Isle

    The Mille Lacs Lake area is Cool in Summer! Hot in Winter! But to really appreciate our area, stay awhile, because most of our secrets are shared only with those who take the time to get to know us.

  • Big Thrill Factory

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    (55 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! ...

  • Simply Jane Open Artists Studio

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    (62 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 ...

  • Edinborough Indoor Park

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    (63 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.

  • Cafesjian Carousel

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    (63 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.

  • Hyland Play Area

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    (64 miles) Bloomington

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

  • Wildwood RV Park and Campground

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    (72 miles) Shafer

    Offers a variety of campsites, with enough activities within minutes to provide days of fun! Fun on site includes swimming pool, enjoy mini golf, basketball, volleyball or horseshoes.