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Lake Superior Zoo & Zoological Society

7210 Fremont Street, Duluth, MN 55807
+1 218-730-4500
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Ranked #27 of 47 attractions in Duluth
Type: Zoos
Owner description: Located 10 minutes from Downtown Duluth, the zoo offers year-round recreational opportunities for animal lovers of all ages. This zoo features animals... more » Owner description: Located 10 minutes from Downtown Duluth, the zoo offers year-round recreational opportunities for animal lovers of all ages. This zoo features animals from around the world. You'll find Amur Tigers, Snow Leopards, African Lions, Brown Bears, Kangaroos, Gray Wolves, plus a variety of birds, reptiles, primates and barnyard animals. The Lake Superior Zoo is situated on 16 acres of rocky hills, majestic pines and beautiful Kingsbury Creek. Visit our website for information on our educational camps and programs, upcoming events and how you can host an event at the zoo. Open Daily All Year Long. June - September 9am - 5pm and October - May 10am - 4pm « less
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Lansing, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

My family and I have been to every zoo in MI and stopped on our vacation this summer to 3 zoos total and this was our favorite! Although the polar exhibit was closed and there weren't any elephants, rhinos, or giraffe the zoo was great! We were there right at opening when the animals were being fed so they were... More

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Kim M, Public Relations Manager at Lake Superior Zoo & Zoological Society, responded to this review

Thank you for leaving your comments about your trip to our zoo. Our team is so pleased to hear that you enjoyed yourselves. The waterfall and historic Works Progress Administration (WPA) bridges are a favorite of many who take the time to walk the trail. More

West Salem, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Oh a whim we visited the Lake Superior Zoo because we were camping in the area and looking for something to do (we have four kids under age 8). For the $62 we spent (admission and 5 min. "train" ride), we didn't really get any really good "zoo action." I mean, it seemed that what few animals were actually visible,... More

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Kim M, Public Relations Manager at Lake Superior Zoo & Zoological Society, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments about your visit. Many of the zoo's carnivores, such as our brown bears, cougar, snow leopard and Amur tiger greatly prefer Duluth winters over our summers. Their fur is what keeps them warm in the winter and they are easily over-heated in the summer. If your visited had occurred in... More

Hurley, Wisconsin
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73 attraction reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We brought our five and seven year old and they just loved everything. They are still at an age where they need to hold things and look at things up close and this is what we found that we could do with them at this zoo. The staff was very warm and friendly and we had a great time and... More

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Kim M, Public Relations Manager at Lake Superior Zoo & Zoological Society, responded to this review

Your kind words are music to our ears. Thank you for promising to come back! We'll be here waiting for you. In the meantime, the zoo will be adding new animals for you to learn about on your next visit. More

Ontario
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We had a beautiful morning at the zoo today. Sun was shining and the animals were out and about. The zoo is nicely laid out with beautiful scenery to take in at various points on the property. It's not large so my three year old was able to walk the entire zoo without difficulty. Staff was pleasant. My one year... More

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Kim M, Public Relations Manager at Lake Superior Zoo & Zoological Society, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments and we are so glad you had a great day at the zoo. We strive to be an affordable, family friendly attraction. Volunteers play an important role here at the zoo and we rely heavily on them to staff our barnyard for animal encounters with our sheep and goats. Unfortunately, all of these visits must be... More

Northern Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Late June 2014 we visited. This was 2 years after the flood which devestated the area. You can see that this was once a really great attraction, but 2 years later only the visitors center is without scars. Rock formations which used to include waterfalls now look like lime encrusted sinks. Entire sections of the zoo are shut down and... More

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Kim M, Public Relations Manager at Lake Superior Zoo & Zoological Society, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. Since receiving your feedback we have posted informational signage at the main admissions window and at the now defunct Polar Shores exhibit explaining what occurred on June 20, 2012 and the devastation it left behind. More

Byron, Michigan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We got there as soon as it opened and it was drizzling rain. Started out in a building with a few different animals and different rooms, also some taxidermy which I thought a bit unusual for a zoo. Went out and straight for the bears as we always do. They were still cleaning out their area so we had to... More

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Kim M, Public Relations Manager at Lake Superior Zoo & Zoological Society, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments about your visit to the Lake Superior Zoo. You are correct, taxidermy specimens are unusual for a zoo. They were gifted to the zoo many, many years ago by Duluth tycoon and philanthropist Richard L. Griggs. He provided $25,000 to build a wing on the main building of the zoo to house the collection. More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We came for another visit to see how the Zoo has recovered from the flood which we happened to have been there that very day two years ago. ( The kangaroos were even hiding out with us from all the rain that day- that was a memory I will never forget!) I can see the Zoo is trying to get... More

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Kim M, Public Relations Manager at Lake Superior Zoo & Zoological Society, responded to this review

The weather in Duluth can be challenging for visitors, no doubt. When you do catch a beautiful summer Duluth day the zoo is a wonderful place to visit! On June 20, 2012 the Lake Superior Zoo, along with the rest of the Northland, experienced a devastating flood. The zoo’s Polar Shores exhibit was severely damaged and was subsequently closed. The... More

North Mankato, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

The zoo was damaged by a 500 year flood of Kingsbury Creek in June of 2012. All but one exhibit have been reopened since then. It takes about 2 hours to get through the exhibits and we were entertained by all of them. They gave helpful information at each exhibit for you to learn about the animals.

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Kim M, Public Relations Manager at Lake Superior Zoo & Zoological Society, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments about the Lake Superior Zoo. We appreciate your comments about the things you learned while visiting us. Education is a very big part of our mission. More

Superior, Wisconsin
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

I can't tell you enough how much my family enjoys the Lake Superior Zoo. We have a family membership and use it a ton during the summer months but we decided to go last weekend when it was still winter "looking" outside but the temps were nice. Not only did we get to see our favorite grizzly Bear Trouble playing... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I practically grew up here! Now I volunteer. Now that the city is not in control,the animals are very well cared for (and I'm an animal advocate) Many are here due to their health issues, have been surrendered or are here as part of breeding programs. The flood of 2012 took a huge toll on the habitats and they are... More

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