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Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley

#3 of 14 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 usually go to Como Zoo because it’s a free will donation, so the expense of this zoo ($18/adult +$7/parking) was a bit much. Because of the cost, we made sure to see almost everything even though i...  more »
  • This is a great place to go for a few hours. It is well laid out and the interactions with some of the animals is great. The Aviary show was done very well.  more »
  • More little children than animals. Pay for parking on honor system. Fog. Farm and stuffed animals in the gift shop $$, no free bag for your purchase. Most people indoors. The little ones (like 2 years old) seem to be the most inquisitive. I had a good sandwich. I enjoyed watching the snow monkeys and the penguins. You can't sit down and really study the animals, it's kinda like stop for a couple minutes and move along or shuffle by. Lots of young parents enjoying their young children. We use to ride our dirt bikes (motorcycles) on this vast property. We were riding here on the ground breaking day, but missed seeing the governor. Lots to see, but close every day at 4 pm. That's sad.
  • Fun to go with family and friends. Lots of walking. They have scooters if needed for family members that aren't able to walk distances. Can be high dollars if you get gifts and food. Can bring food in to eat. Plan on being there for a half a day at least. Or longer if needed. They also offer special events to go to. Always nice to see the zoo.

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