Covering 196 hectares (485 acres) of land, Minnesota Zoo serves as home for animals like bison, tigers, camels, bears, wolves, caribou, tree kangaroos, stingrays, and monkeys. Opened in 1978, the zoo was one of the first to organize the animals by their habitat rather than by species. The animals are housed in six different environments: Minnesota native animals, animals of the north, tropical animals, marine wildlife, animals from Russia's far-east, and farm animals. Several of the zones are accessible by short trails that connect the many exhibits. You'll learn more about the native Minnesota environment in that section of the zoo, where you can wander past a beaver pond and a northern forest glade. Put Minnesota Zoo and other Apple Valley attractions into our Apple Valley travel route planning site , and watch your holiday take shape.
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We've visited the Minnesota Zoo twice with our grandchildren, ages 3 and under. It has great exhibits, lots of family friendly things to do, and great places for them to play and eat. My husband took ... more »
Maybe the best zoo I have ever been to! We have an 18 year old daughter and had visited many zoos across the country with her when she was younger. Now with 3yr and 1yr old boys we are back on zoo tou... more »
Easy to get to. Close to other good activities. Has a nice IMAX theater. Fun for all ages. Makes for a fun day trip or even half day. more »
Not sure how it is the rest of the year, but I went in December and there were not very many people there. I was able to take my time and watch the animals. There are a lot of inside exhibits, so you do not have to be outside the whole time. Price is about average for a zoo - I paid about $50 for 2 adults, and that is with a parking fee. Expect to spend quite a bit of time here, as the zoo is fairly big and spaced out. I enjoyed the variety of animals that they had and was able to watch some "enrichment" type activities with some of the animals. The volunteers were very friendly and helpful. I thoroughly enjoyed!
Above average zoo. You got to go there. It's actually more than a zoo. Wonderful long trails among dense woods. Very relaxing, fresh air and perfect walk exercise among trees and trails that will give you energy. Lots of protected and we'll cared animals to see.
Visited many zoos across the country. This one is outstanding. Farm area is great. Seems like the new management here is making an impact. Clean, staff is smiling and ready to help. Worth a visit.
This is a great zoo! The exhibits are very well put together and the animals seem genuinely happy. This is a great place to bring the family, go on a date or just stroll through by yourself!! Very clean facilities that are well kept! The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful! I would highly recommend!!
I always enjoy coming here. We have a membership, and try to make the most of it, so we come frequently. The staff is always nice and helpful. Facility is usually clean. Is give it 5 stars if the food and drinks weren't so ridiculously priced.
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