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Minnesota Zoo

13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley, MN MN 55124
952 432 9000
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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Apple Valley, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

The Minnesota zoo is a gem. It's expensive for the entire family, they even charge a parking fee, but I don't think you'll leave feeling short changed. The main building houses the tropical exhibit. It's a warm lush environment that is so beautiful you'll want to move in. No feeling sorry for animals in cells here. There is a single... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

No zebras (which disappointed one in our party) - but we were impressed by the large spaces for the animals. Also the zoo seemed to have a focus on sustainability - paper (not styrofoam), etc which was nice to see. We did eat at the food court and all the options we picked were really tasty - which is not... More

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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116 reviews 116 reviews
65 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We found the MN Zoo just ok, especially after visiting a couple of other really nice zoos in the last year (Henry Doorly in Omaha and the Safari Zoo in Escondido, CA); for the size of city it is in, it seems like there could be more exotic animals/features. We were VERY disappointed that the dolphins and dolphin show was... More

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Richfield, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

If you are looking for a really fun zoo to visit, this is definitely one of the better ones in the country. Very well taken care of facility, with many impressive animals to see!

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Worth the 15-20 minute drive south of the cities. The new and continuously improved animal displays are awesome. The new grizzly exhibit is always entertaining. The zoo recently shut down the dolphin exhibit and the mono-rail ride that wrapped around the park. It is unfortunate that the mono-rail is down because the walk on the outside trail is not conducive... More

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Kiev, Ukraine
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

the zoo is awesome. all animals are in good condition, they are displayed in natural environment in many cases. good to visit with your family

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Marshall, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We are zoo members in our hometown, so we were able to take advantage of admission reduction due to the zoo reciprocity program. This zoo is enormous, so definitely wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk and walk. The habitats are very spacious, and most had up close viewing areas. I mean, maybe a foot away from a puma... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This Zoo is awesome, this was our third visit and enjoyed it just as much. Highly recommend taking in one of the many shows that they put on, especially the bird show. The highlight of the visit for my son was being able to touch the sharks and stingrays in the open touch tank. Be sure to throw in a... More

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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149 reviews 149 reviews
55 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I often wonder why our MN Zoo can't keep up the wonderful exhibits and amenities they have. We used to love the dolphins and the monorail and now both of them are gone. A very long time ago they even had beluga whales there. They added a carousel which is very nice, but when that get's old and ratty looking... More

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MINNEAPOLIS
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

My daughter won free Tix to the zoo so we went. Throughout the summer we have been to three zoos in three different states. My daughter compared the MN zoo to the zoo in Jackson, MS. She was not impressed.

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