Minnesota Zoo

Minnesota Zoo

13000 Zoo Blvd (McAndrews Road), Apple Valley, MN 55124, United States
Closed until 9:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Sun
    • 9:00 AM–4:00 PM
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To connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife.


Based on 425 votes

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    Steve R.
    "Spring for the membership if you can, definitely worth it"(9 Tips)
    Andrew M.
    "Ask about the secret penguin escape tunnel."(6 Tips)
    "Grizzly Coast otter exhibit play with the otters"(3 Tips)
    Meghan W.
    "round windows to the right of the shark tank"(2 Tips)
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  • Ian P.

    Northern trail is beautiful. Tropics are very cool, but often quite busy.

    Ian Pirner · October 19
  • Gerald E.

    The annual membership is actually a good deal. Especially if you have a family.

    Gerald E. Nigma · September 5
  • Hannah L.

    Outdoor animals and farm

    Hannah Lenz · September 3
  • Rob V.

    A great variety of animals unique to this zoo and many you won't see anywhere else!

    Rob Vernon · July 1
  • Ellen G.

    Grizzly coast

    Ellen Goettsch · January 25
  • Rachel L.

    I love this zoo but it is an EXPENSIVE day out. However it's nicely kept up and there's so many animals. :)

    Rachel LaCount · January 2
  • Stuart

    Beautiful facility. Grab a coupon online, or use your AAA membership for a discount.

    Stuart · September 8, 2014
  • Beth K.

    Zoo time with Auntie Gracie & Grammy:-)

    Beth Klehr · August 29, 2014
  • Andrew M.

    Ask about the secret penguin escape tunnel.

    Andrew Murray · August 22, 2014
  • Joy W.

    Great place to visit in all seasons. Try to catch the bird show or a close encounter.

    Joy W · August 11, 2014
  • Bob B.

    A lot of great exhibits and wildlife. Well worth the price of admission.

    Bob Bruns · August 9, 2014
  • Lane P.

    Great Zoo. Good for Kids. IMAX theater is big. Be sure to google a coupon. Parking is expensive at $7

    Lane Pelovsky · August 8, 2014
  • Greg W.

    Big bugs have been a great follow up to the dinosaurs. All the exhibits and animals are worth the visit.

    Greg W. · August 7, 2014
  • Stephanie M.

    St. Paul Farmers’ Market at the Minnesota Zoo Wednesdays | Noon – 4:00 pm July 9 - September 3

    Stephanie Meacham · July 7, 2014
  • Candace M.

    I love this zoo. I recommend a membership. Totally worth it.

    Candace McCord · June 1, 2014
  • Amanda L.

    Penguins, seahorses, and starfish were my favorite. My daughter's first trip to the zoo and she had a blast! I was so surprised at how much there was to do at the zoo in the winter. Great place!

    Amanda Lakeman · March 22, 2014
  • Debra S.

    This is a great place to visit in the middle of winter. It's a great place to let your kids get some energy out.

    Debra Staack · March 18, 2014
  • Green Mill Restaurant & Bar

    Worked up an appetite after a day of fun at the zoo? Head to Green Mil and check out our menu of pizzas, pastas, salads, and more! Read more

    Green Mill Restaurant & Bar · January 24, 2014
  • Anastasia M.

    It's a zoo here.

    Anastasia Maier · January 20, 2014
  • Jeff C.

    Ride the tractor to the Farm. Too far to walk.

    Jeff Cook · October 27, 2013
  • Steph S.

    See the bird show, close encounters and animal training!

    Steph Smith · October 5, 2013
  • George M.

    A family membership is a great investment, letting you visit in manageable lengths of time, first shot at summer concert tix and zoo camp -- this place is a treasure

    George McGowan · August 12, 2013
  • Pez

    The tigers can be interestingly creepy and fun. They kept pacing back and forth near the visitors. Maybe they're thinking that we're dinner.

    Pez · July 27, 2013
  • Michael S.

    Make a point to see a concert here

    Michael Sande · July 13, 2013
  • Brenda V.

    Butterflies open June 15

    Brenda VanDanacker Dugas · June 15, 2013
  • Shrinidhi S.

    Eat at the Grizzly Coast Cafe. Some of the better zoo food I've had.

    Shrinidhi Subramaniam · May 28, 2013
  • Kimberly U.

    Go to Dinosaur exhibit first then monorail second. You get half off the monorail.

    Kimberly Urban · May 27, 2013
  • billijo h.

    Bring a lunch

    billijo henderson · May 11, 2013
  • Scott N.

    Plan your visit to see bear training/feeding.....the bears respond to colored discs the bear keepers hold..... Very interesting

    Scott Nelson · April 20, 2013
  • Jennifer F.

    Pack your own lunch. The food offerings are dreadful if you prefer healthy, wholesome AND tasty.

    Jennifer Foehl · April 14, 2013
  • Ali H.

    Farm babies!

    Ali Halbmaier · April 7, 2013
  • Anne A.

    See hundreds of animals, from dolphins to tigers.

    Anne Assaultah · March 12, 2013
  • Angela K.

    Become a member and visit all year long free of charge! Plus discounts on attractions.

    Angela Kurtz · February 16, 2013
  • K12 Inc

    Did you know? The zoo's Asian wild horse breeding program has helped bring the species back from the brink of extinction. Herds descended from a Minnesota Zoo stallion are thriving in the wild!

    K12 Inc · January 22, 2013
  • Lapakko

    Become a member today. You'll be cooler if you do!

    Lapakko · January 13, 2013
  • Melissa W.

    The black bears are so adorable!!

    Melissa W · January 5, 2013
  • Ellen S.

    Great place all year round! Busy during the summer and relaxing during the Winter. Take the kids to get their energy out!

    Ellen S · December 9, 2012
  • Jason S.

    The bears seem to be more active mid to late morning.

    Jason Swartz · August 25, 2012
  • Jakob C.

    See the dinosaur thing its 4 bucks but its worth it

    Jakob Chromey · July 6, 2012
  • Kari S.

    Zoo does not have straws for drinks. Bring a cup with lid and straw from home.

    Kari Svoboda · June 2, 2012
  • Alicia T.

    Bring your camera

    Alicia Taylor · April 13, 2012
  • Robert O.

    Go first thing in the morning . . . or later in the evening to avoid the crowds.

    Robert O'Connell · April 10, 2012
  • Lapakko.com

    One of my favorite date spots in Minnesota! Definitely buy a season pass and then watch this "Do Your Waddle" video - http://bit.ly/yXFGMH

    Lapakko.com · March 14, 2012
  • Jeremy S.

    The bird show is great for kids any time of year. In winter it's near the tropics trail. In summer its at the amphitheater.

    Jeremy Solt · March 4, 2012
  • Chase S.

    Get a membership. you can get in free every time

    Chase S · February 25, 2012
  • Scott N.

    Try not to lose your children in the Sandbox!

    Scott Nelson · February 18, 2012
  • Charles E.

    The grizzly bears, lions, penguins and my wife's favorite, the sharks! My daughter loves the zoo!

    Charles Edge · January 16, 2012
  • KR C.

    As mentioned, (if it works) buy the season pass. You save $ after a couple visits. You won't feel the need to spend an entire day, make multiple trips when you only have a couple of hours.

    KR Coleman · December 26, 2011
  • Mark W.

    Live in the area, with kids? Get a membership and save $ on everything.

    Mark Wagner · December 10, 2011
  • Stephanie M.

    Go see the new penguin exhibit (2011). They're awesome!

    Stephanie Meacham · October 7, 2011

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