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Minnesota Zoo

Minnesota Zoo

Apple Valley
  • Steve R.
    "Spring for the membership if you can, definitely worth it"(9 Tips)
    John V.
    "New penguin exhibit is tiny, crowds were insane."(3 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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  • Leilani A.
    Leilani Andrews3 weeks ago
    Went with a group of friends, had an amazing time. Fun for all ages!
  • Corey P.
    Corey Partin3 weeks ago
    I generally steer clear of zoos, but this one does a great job when it comes to animal care. They're also strong in conservation work. The zoo is beautiful and the animals seem happy.
  • Kristin A.
    Kristin AndersonAugust 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring swimsuits for the splash pad.
  • Kevin M.
    Kevin MillsJune 6, 2016
  • Natalya G.
    Natalya GoncharovaMay 31, 2016
    Good big animals. However was upset that tram was out, or the ride to the farm family wasn't functioning either.
  • Jeremy L.
    Jeremy LebensApril 17, 2016
    Best zoo in MN. Lots to see, plus an awesome IMAX theater.
  • Guy L.
    Guy LundstenMarch 24, 2016
    Always an awesome experience
  • Lindsey B.
    Lindsey BenjaminFebruary 10, 2016
    This Is A Great Place 2 Go 2 With Your Friends or Family & Definitely When U Have Nothing 2 Do in The Wintertime I Recommend 2 Come 2 The ZOO & I Got 2 PET A SHARK🐠 my favorite animals are the monkey
  • Sean V.
    Sean VoyseyDecember 17, 2015
    The Penguin exhibit is just like the real thing in Simons town SA
  • Ian P.
    Ian PirnerOctober 19, 2015
    Northern trail is beautiful. Tropics are very cool, but often quite busy.
  • Gerald E.
    Gerald E. NigmaSeptember 5, 2015
    The annual membership is actually a good deal. Especially if you have a family.
  • Hannah L.
    Hannah LenzSeptember 3, 2015
    Outdoor animals and farm
  • Rob V.
    Rob VernonJuly 1, 2015
    A great variety of animals unique to this zoo and many you won't see anywhere else!
  • Ellen G.
    Ellen GoettschJanuary 25, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Grizzly coast
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LaCountJanuary 2, 2015
    I love this zoo but it is an EXPENSIVE day out. However it's nicely kept up and there's so many animals. :)
  • Stuart
    StuartSeptember 8, 2014
    Beautiful facility. Grab a coupon online, or use your AAA membership for a discount.
  • Beth K.
    Beth KlehrAugust 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Zoo time with Auntie Gracie & Grammy:-)
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MurrayAugust 22, 2014
    Ask about the secret penguin escape tunnel.
  • Joy W.
    Joy WAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Great place to visit in all seasons. Try to catch the bird show or a close encounter.
  • Bob B.
    Bob BrunsAugust 9, 2014
    A lot of great exhibits and wildlife. Well worth the price of admission.
  • Lane P.
    Lane PelovskyAugust 8, 2014
    Great Zoo. Good for Kids. IMAX theater is big. Be sure to google a coupon. Parking is expensive at $7
  • Greg W.
    Greg W.August 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Big bugs have been a great follow up to the dinosaurs. All the exhibits and animals are worth the visit.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MeachamJuly 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    St. Paul Farmers’ Market at the Minnesota Zoo Wednesdays | Noon – 4:00 pm July 9 - September 3
  • Candace M.
    Candace McCordJune 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I love this zoo. I recommend a membership. Totally worth it.
  • Amanda L.
    Amanda LakemanMarch 22, 2014
    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!
  • Debra S.
    Debra StaackMarch 18, 2014
    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.
  • 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
  • Anastasia M.
    Anastasia MaierJanuary 20, 2014
    It's a zoo here.
  • Jeff C.
    Jeff CookOctober 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ride the tractor to the Farm. Too far to walk.
  • Steph S.
    Steph SmithOctober 5, 2013
    See the bird show, close encounters and animal training!
  • George M.
    George McGowanAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • Pez
    PezJuly 27, 2013
    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.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SandeJuly 13, 2013
    Make a point to see a concert here
  • Brenda V.
    Brenda VanDanacker DugasJune 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Butterflies open June 15
  • Shrinidhi S.
    Eat at the Grizzly Coast Cafe. Some of the better zoo food I've had.
  • Kimberly U.
    Kimberly UrbanMay 27, 2013
    Go to Dinosaur exhibit first then monorail second. You get half off the monorail.
  • billijo h.
    billijo hendersonMay 11, 2013
    Bring a lunch
  • Scott N.
    Scott NelsonApril 20, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Plan your visit to see bear training/feeding.....the bears respond to colored discs the bear keepers hold..... Very interesting
  • Jennifer F.
    Jennifer FoehlApril 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Pack your own lunch. The food offerings are dreadful if you prefer healthy, wholesome AND tasty.
  • Ali H.
    Ali HalbmaierApril 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Farm babies!
  • Anne A.
    Anne AssaultahMarch 12, 2013
    See hundreds of animals, from dolphins to tigers.
  • Angela K.
    Angela KurtzFebruary 16, 2013
    Become a member and visit all year long free of charge! Plus discounts on attractions.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJanuary 22, 2013
    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!
  • Lapakko
    LapakkoJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Become a member today. You'll be cooler if you do!
  • Melissa W.
    Melissa WJanuary 5, 2013
    The black bears are so adorable!!
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen SDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place all year round! Busy during the summer and relaxing during the Winter. Take the kids to get their energy out!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SwartzAugust 25, 2012
    The bears seem to be more active mid to late morning.
  • Jakob C.
    Jakob ChromeyJuly 6, 2012
    See the dinosaur thing its 4 bucks but its worth it
  • Kari S.
    Kari SvobodaJune 2, 2012
    Zoo does not have straws for drinks. Bring a cup with lid and straw from home.
  • Alicia T.
    Alicia TaylorApril 13, 2012
    Bring your camera
  • Robert O.
    Robert O'ConnellApril 10, 2012
    Go first thing in the morning . . . or later in the evening to avoid the crowds.
    Lapakko.comMarch 14, 2012
    One of my favorite date spots in Minnesota! Definitely buy a season pass and then watch this "Do Your Waddle" video -
  • Jeremy S.
    Jeremy SoltMarch 4, 2012
    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.
  • Chase S.
    Chase SFebruary 25, 2012
    Get a membership. you can get in free every time
  • Scott N.
    Scott NelsonFebruary 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try not to lose your children in the Sandbox!
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeJanuary 16, 2012
    The grizzly bears, lions, penguins and my wife's favorite, the sharks! My daughter loves the zoo!
  • KR C.
    KR ColemanDecember 26, 2011
    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.
  • Mark W.
    Mark WagnerDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Live in the area, with kids? Get a membership and save $ on everything.
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MeachamOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go see the new penguin exhibit (2011). They're awesome!
  • David G.
    David GustafsonSeptember 13, 2011
    Race the penguins. They'll follow you.
  • Renee B.
    Renee B.August 28, 2011
    There is a family restroom in the Bee Hive with a kiddie toilet.
  • John V.
    John V.July 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    New penguin exhibit is tiny, crowds were insane. Might get better once it isn't new anymore but it's nearly impossible to get the kids up close enough to see anything.
  • Steve R.
    Steve RetkaJuly 4, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Spring for the membership if you can, definitely worth it
  • Jen J.
    Jen J.July 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you plan to visit more than twice a year, invest in a membership. You can apply your daily admission towards the membership fee, too.
  • Cole G.
    Cole GriswoldJune 20, 2011
    Awesome venue to see a live performance Read more
  • Travis G.
    Travis GasparickJune 18, 2011
    Not that good. The como zoo in roseville is free and a lot better
  • Adam L.
    Adam LarsonMay 2, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They do not have straws here for the safety of the animals. Bring your own if your kids need them.
  • David G.
    David GarciaApril 9, 2011
    Lots of people, bring your own food
  • jeffachen
    jeffachenDecember 4, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    At the Grizzly Coast otter exhibit play with the otters by running back and forth in front of the glass. If you're lucky, they'll chase you!
  • Sara K.
    Sara KeeneySeptember 10, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Park in Gibbon Parking lot. The walk to the entrance is much quicker during the construction projects. Read more
  • Miles K.
    Miles KJune 6, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Be nice to the stage hands!
  • Phil G.
    Phil G.May 31, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Check out the brand new exhibit, "faces of the Africann forest"! Pigmy crocs, red river hogs, 2 types of monkeys, really cool
  • Belva B.
    Belva BurgaApril 8, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the Tropical Fish!!!
  • jake r.
    jake rivardApril 6, 2010
    make sure u watch the dolphin show.. its crazy
  • Sara K.
    Sara KeeneyNovember 30, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    If you get to the Zoo early in the morning or around 2 p.m. the grizzly bears will be up from their naps and playful. Read more
  • Meghan W.
    Meghan WilkerSeptember 3, 2009
    The embedded round windows to the right of the shark tank are also a stellar place to take your kid's photo.
  • Dane H.
    Dane HartzellAugust 8, 2009
    see the Africa exhibit
  • Darrell G.
    Darrell GerberAugust 1, 2009
    Watch the lynx stalk a squirrel
  • Sean S.
    Sean ScottMay 16, 2009
    at the shark tank. facing it go to the right side. embedded round windows make you feel like u are in the water
  • Sean S.
    Sean ScottMay 16, 2009
    bring subway sandwiches and skip the lunch lines
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