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Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo, Byron

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Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo are a campground and zoo located in Olmsted County, Minnesota north of the city of Byron, and about 4.5 miles west of Rochester. It houses over 30 species of animals, most of which have injuries that would prevent them from surviving in the wild. All of the animals are native to Minnesota. The zoo is named after Dr. Paul E. Zollman. Most popular animals include a wolf, bald eagle, white-tailed deer, coyotes, bobcat, river otters, bison and a cougar.Oxbow Park is open most of the year, as is Zollman Zoo, with a majority of the animals being visible year round.
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TripAdvisor
  • The folks at Oxbow and Zollman Zoo are doing a great job! The place has changed so much since I was younger and all for the better! This is a great spot for a day trip to picnic, enjoy the outdoors, a...  more »
  • A wonderful little zoo just north of Byron... Free and open to the public. This is a small zoo with animals from snakes, to otters to buffalo, elk and deer etc. Board walkways to the animals thru a ni...  more »
  • Pros: - a bear, eagles, otters, bison, fox, porcupines .... - it's free (but please leave a donation) - great place for kids Cons: - the park nearest the zoo is ... ummm ... non-traditional. There is ...  more »
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  • This is a very nice little park and zoo. We had about an hour to walk through. It was quite busy but it was laid out so that everyone had plenty of room to move around and see the animals. Everyone was super friendly and it was a great little place to visit!
  • This is a large and spacious park that is well maintained and always staffed with knowledgeable park administrators. Very aesthetic scenery and trails. Recommended for both children and adults.
  • Tons of cool stuff to see! Buffalo, Deer, Bear, Fox, Wolves, Snakes. It's ran by donation. Was truly a gem to find in such a small community.
  • Nice little zoo of regional animals. Great for little ones. Has a great new natural playground as well.
  • There's definitely some decent trails if you want to go hiking. The major draw is the free zoo. It's a great place to take kids! There are also picnic tables and camp sites on the property. Sometimes the trails get washed out by flooding though and parts of them will be closed.