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Address: 13000 Zoo Blvd, Apple Valley, MN 55124-8199
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+1 952-432-9000
09:00 - 18:00
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We love the zoo!

We live right next to the zoo so it's very convenient for us to visit. We usually buy a membership every year because you go there twice and it's already paid for. The food is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Charlene N
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5 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We live right next to the zoo so it's very convenient for us to visit. We usually buy a membership every year because you go there twice and it's already paid for. The food is expensive though so we always try to eat before-hand. It's a great place to go to during the winter when it's too cold to do... More 

Thank Charlene N
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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210 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I love that this Zoo got Sea Otters! As a kid growing up in MN you either came to the Zoo on a field trip with school or your parents or grandparents took you. This Zoo has so many animals, it is a must see in MN.

Thank tif316
Farmington, Minnesota
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

We took our summer school kid here and had so much fun. Plenty to look at inside and out on the grounds. Had lunch and looked in the gift shops. Petting the stingrays was a big hit with the kids.

Thank kfarm2016
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

So much fun. Lots of walking. But totally worth it. Even in the cold, you can go to the zoo in any temperature.

Thank JenNIferV2007
Madison, Wisconsin
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46 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Good zoo. Expect lots of walking. The habitats are very nice and large. They are missing most of the African wildlife; zebras, lions, giraffes, elephants, gorillas, rhinos, hippos.... The list goes on. Those are the animals I go to zoos to see. But they did have quite a few animals I've never seen before. We almost missed the tropical building.... More 

Thank Margaret W
Apple Valley, Minnesota
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

Everything about this zoo is Great! We come here often with our children, but we also like to come as a couple just to walk around-walking past the wonderful scenery and the fabulous animal exhibits. Minnesota Zoo also has wonderful music acts in the evenings and fabulous community events. This is a must visit for tourists and locals alike.

Thank ke_stevs
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

They don't have a full range of animals, but they have several I've never seen before. Well thought out & nice exhibits. Food is a little pricey. Worth the trip

Thank Shaun J
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

I love zoos and I especially loved this zoo for it's spread out animal friendly design. On a beautiful fall day my son, husband and I walked through this zoo. It was a Friday and not very busy. The animal enclosures are very well designed giving the animals opportunities to be seen or not to be seen depending on their... More 

Thank BarbT0m
Chicago, Illinois
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105 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

We visited here recently and boy are we glad we were prepared to walk. The zoo is very nice with lots of metal artwork throughout. The front area of the zoo is more inside with the animals in unique displays. There are tons of little nooks and crannies for children to crawl into to see the animals. The outside has... More 

Thank talltree24
Green Bay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We only were able to spend a couple hours here and wished we had lots more time! It is a very large zoo, spread out and a lot of walking. We enjoyed the tropical building and watched the fish/sharks getting fed. Zoo is a little pricey and we ended up doing a Big Ticket Adventure that included the zoo, Waterpark... More 

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