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Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley

#3 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Minnesota
Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • So disappointing. It's been 20 years since I've visited and I was excited to make the four hour drive to enjoy this adventure with my grandchildren. Instead you walk and walk and walk and see very.....  more »
  • Second time here, kids first. After growing up going to Brookfield Zoo in Chicago, the bar is high. This zoo delivered great exhibits and animals. Loved the indoor paths and wolves the most...  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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