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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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Winnipeg, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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123 reviews 123 reviews
44 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I can't get over how boring this zoo is. We expected this to be an awesome zoo for the $55 plus parking we paid to get in. We didn't see a single primate or large African animal. It seemed like it was mainly bears, which being from northern MN, I can see pretty much anytime I look outside. We probably... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

We had a great time at the zoo with 1yo in a stroller, 10yo boy, grandparents of differing mobility abilities. There were many beautiful exhibits, lots of indoor attractions(penguins and sharks etc) when it rained and outdoor (petting farm) via tractor pulled wagons for those with more difficulty walking. My 1yo loved the zebra ride on her first carousel!

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Albert Lea, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

hubby and i went here about 15 yrsed ago and had a blast saw dolphin show and exotic bird show and rode the monorail...we went this summer and no dolphin show monorail was discontinued saw a few animals..defintely not worth $18

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Darkhan-Uul Province, Mongolia
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140 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My wife and I visited in May and there were a few showers but that didn't ruin our trip, they actually made it better. There are always a ton of field trips in the spring, and the rain kept most of the larger groups inside allowing us to get through the zoo in relative peace. The animals were happy and... More

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Last time I was at the zoo was in 1996, a lot of updates of course and new things, sad that the monorail was shut down last year because of budget. Be ready for a day of walking. The big bugs were cool, 3 year old loved it!!

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madison, wi
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The exhibits were very fun and interesting. The size of the zoo was just right to see most everything at a leisurely pace in about 6 hours. We did, however, move very quickly through the animatronic insect display and skipped the live insects because the line was so long. Loved the butterfly garden. Impressed at how clean the grounds were.... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The zoo continues to update and add new exhibits. You can easily spend the entire day here. Kid friendly, but plenty of intrigue for The adults too. You get a deal on the IMAX theater with a paid zoo admission.

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