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Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley

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#3 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in Minnesota
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 »
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  • Zoo visits during winter! Had a great trip to the Minnesota zoo. It was about 30 degrees outside this April 1st and the zoo provided a great sheltered environment to explore. I have a 2 year old and a 2 month old. There was plenty for them to do in this kid friendly environment. The zoo also featured some exhibits that were outdoors so make sure to dress accordingly. There was plenty to occupy our family for 3 hours.
  • Fun afternoon!! The baby farm animals...very sweet! Today the animals were quite active. The tigers paced back and forth along their fence, the foxes raced around their space and the moose was sprawled in a pile of snow. Our highlight today was the huge, huge bear. It was doing the backstroke in the pond and playing with it's toes. It was awesome!! This zoo is set up really well. Plenty of restrooms, many spots to wash your hands, playgrounds spread throughout the zoo and food and drink spots in each section. A fun place to spend time with family!!
  • Love this zoo! We've had a family membership for a couple of years now and it is one of our favorite outings to go to. Great staff and it is pretty clean! They have good indoor exhibits for winter time, and fantastic outdoor exhibits for summer months! When it's hot, there's a stomp pad for the kiddos to keep cool. Always a joy bringing the kids here!
  • My family has been going here for the last few years. The staff is informative. The programs are fun and educational. The facility is clean with that many people going through the zoo, you would expect the bathrooms to look much worse. But most importantly, you can see different animals at different times of the year being active. It's a great place to take the kids for the day.
  • My daughter loves the zoo, the zoo and exhibits are kept in really good condition. It's fun seeing all the animals. Plenty of warm areas inside in the winter. Getting a yearly membership with a toddler is a great idea. Pays for itself within months, getting the membership also gets you a 10% discount at the store and free parking. If you visit once and like it, you can put your daily pass fee towards a yearly membership too.
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