Minnesota Zoo

Minnesota Zoo showing zoo animals and dangerous animals

Minnesota Zoo

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Go wild in this animal park with more than 500 species, plus a petting farm, IMAX theater and bird show.

The long loop of trails and spacious animal habitats make the Minnesota Zoo a pleasant place to see thousands of animals. Get a bird’s-eye view of the zoo from the monorail, observe the animals from a safe distance during a hike, or get up-close and personal at the petting farm.

Opened in 1978, the Minnesota Zoo displays zoo animals by habitat and encourages human interaction. The park is home to more than 500 animal species and about 1.3 million people visit them per year. The zoo has a traveling Zoomobile exhibit to promote environmental conservation. You can even order “Zoo-Post” for your garden; it’s the most exotic manure around!

A narrated 25-minute monorail ride allows you to take it all in from the comfort of a cabin. To get up-close you’ll need to walk, so make sure you wear comfortable shoes to explore the six extensive trails.

There are “hot,” “cold” and “wet” habitats, with plenty of indoor exhibits for when it rains. At the Northern Trail you can watch Amur leopards lazing on boulders and macaque monkeys swinging amongst the trees. Next door is Russia’s Grizzly Coast where brown bears rule the ground and sea otters patrol the waters. A totally different experience is the Tropics Trail, home to reptiles, birds and monkeys.

For a more local experience, take the Minnesota Trail. See wolves and coyotes and hear about the efforts to protect their natural habitat. Visit Discovery Bay to observe fish, sharks and stingrays. Children of all ages will love to touch the animals in the petting farm, which is open during the warmer months.

Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley, about a 30-minute drive south of Minneapolis. You have to pay to park, while buses run regularly from Minneapolis, except on Sundays. The zoo is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Top Hotels Close to Minnesota Zoo

Norwood Inn & Suites Eagan
Norwood Inn & Suites Eagan
2.5 out of 5
1950 Rahncliff Ct, Eagan, MN, 55122
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The price is $69 per night from May 26 to May 27
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Norwood Inn & Suites Eagan
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Apple Valley, MN
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Staybridge Suites Eagan Airport South - Mall Area, an IHG Hotel
Staybridge Suites Eagan Airport South - Mall Area, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
4675 Rahncliff Road, Eagan, MN, 55122
The price is $158 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
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Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Staybridge Suites Eagan Airport South - Mall Area, an IHG Hotel
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Norwood Inn Eagan - 1 King Bed Non Smoking
Norwood Inn Eagan - 1 King Bed Non Smoking
Eagan, MN
The price is $51 per night from May 26 to May 27
Norwood Inn Eagan - 1 King Bed Non Smoking
Norwood Inn & Suites Eagan
Norwood Inn & Suites Eagan
2.5 out of 5
1950 Rahncliff Ct, Eagan, MN, 55122
The price is $69 per night from May 26 to May 27
Norwood Inn & Suites Eagan
NEW! Spacious Apple Valley Abode - 20 Mi to Dtwn
NEW! Spacious Apple Valley Abode - 20 Mi to Dtwn
Apple Valley, MN
NEW! Spacious Apple Valley Abode - 20 Mi to Dtwn
Staybridge Suites Eagan Airport South - Mall Area, an IHG Hotel
Staybridge Suites Eagan Airport South - Mall Area, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
4675 Rahncliff Road, Eagan, MN, 55122
The price is $158 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Staybridge Suites Eagan Airport South - Mall Area, an IHG Hotel
Norwood Inn Eagan - Luxury 1 King Living Room NS-Oversized
Norwood Inn Eagan - Luxury 1 King Living Room NS-Oversized
Eagan, MN
The price is $51 per night from May 26 to May 27
Norwood Inn Eagan - Luxury 1 King Living Room NS-Oversized
Norwood Inn Eagan  - Standard 2 Queen Bed Non Smoking
Norwood Inn Eagan - Standard 2 Queen Bed Non Smoking
Eagan, MN
The price is $66 per night from May 30 to May 31
Norwood Inn Eagan - Standard 2 Queen Bed Non Smoking
Relax with your family and friends at our peaceful home. Great Vacation Home!
Relax with your family and friends at our peaceful home. Great Vacation Home!
Eagan, MN
Relax with your family and friends at our peaceful home. Great Vacation Home!
Norwood Inn Eagan  - 1 King Bed Accessible Non Smoking
Norwood Inn Eagan - 1 King Bed Accessible Non Smoking
Eagan, MN
The price is $55 per night from May 26 to May 27
Norwood Inn Eagan - 1 King Bed Accessible Non Smoking
Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Eagan
Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Eagan
3 out of 5
1975 Rahncliff Ct, Eagan, MN, 55122
The price is $156 per night from Jun 12 to Jun 13
Hilton Garden Inn Minneapolis Eagan
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.