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Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley

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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  • This past weekend the Minnesota Zoo opened its gates to members. Beginning Friday, 24 July 2020, the zoo will be open to the general public, however, ALL VISITORS MUST VISIT THE ZOO WEBSITE...  more »
  • The Minnesota Zoo is an absolute gem. Plenty of indoor and outdoor walking and viewing opportunities. The exhibits are well put together and they have a large variety of animals and birds. The food...  more »
  • Have loved coming here since I was a child. Great zoo with plenty to see. The standouts are the tropical area and the aquarium part. They kind of lack in the large animal department like lions and elephants. Still very clean and well laid out.
  • Wonderful experience at this zoo! Variety of animals to see and multiple demonstrations throughout the day. It's super nice because when you enter the zoo you get a printout of the events happening that day. Lots of learning activities for people of all ages! Truly a fun time!

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