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RAD Zoo (Reptile Amphibian Discovery Zoo)

3297 N County Road 45, Owatonna, MN 55060
888-472-3966
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Ranked #7 of 20 attractions in Owatonna
Type: Zoos
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Osceola, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The curb appeal on this place could use some work and we were a little unsure if we even had the right place! Once we got in we were glad we came. There were so many different animals to look at and the bonus is feeding time. A lot of attractions have animals but you don't get to see them... More

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St. Louis, Missouri
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

My 8-year-old daughter and I stayed in Owatonna one night in mid-July while on a road trip through the upper Midwest. Reptiles fascinate us, so we were excited to learn that the RAD Zoo was a short drive from our hotel. It's located in a warehouse in an industrial area on the outer road of Highway 35. With good directions,... More

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Kansas City, Kansas
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

My son and I went there a couple of weeks ago. We have an annual zoo membership where we live and have traveled to been to several zoos and aquariums including the Omaha Zoo and the Monterrey Bay Aquarium and SeaWorld. We loved this and could not believe the quantity and variety of animals to view as well as all... More

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Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

Lots of different snakes, frogs alligators, crocs, and some birds. I find it to be more fun to visit than the Minnesota Zoo because it is more hands on and up close. The employees thoroughly answered all our questions about the animals.

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salem
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

If you, or the children, are into reptiles, amphibians, etc, then this place will peak your interest. Bland building and settings for displays, although each description provided has informative details on the animal (not written for children). Feeding time for the snakes was popular for all in attendance during our visit; as was feeding "Ole Joe", the giant Croc! Only... More

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013 via mobile

My two animal loving children loved this! Its a small set up, not fancy, but interesting to see. Had i paid full price i wouldnt have been happy but with half off tickets, it was worth it.

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MN
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

It wasn't a flashy setup, but they had a vast amount of animals displayed. Everything from amphibians, turtles, snakes, alligators, some birds, etc. The animal displays tended to be small, but were clean. They even brought out a boa constrictor for us to pet. My four yr olds got a kick out of that. Very warm in the building even... More

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St. Paul, MN
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37 attraction reviews
210 helpful votes 210 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

We stopped by on a Friday afternoon recently as my daughter likes creatures. The cost was about $9.00 a person which surprised me. If she wasn't insistant we would have left as there is nothing that really draws you in once inside the door. It is just a huge metal building with glass boxes and a huge black plastic tarp... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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48 reviews 48 reviews
3 attraction reviews
185 helpful votes 185 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Housed in an unassuming warehouse, this zoo is well worth the drive to visit. I was very impressed with the cleanliness and lack of a heavy reptile smell normally associated with zoos like this. There are a variety of sizes of both displays and reptiles, including a huge alligator. They also have educational programs at which time a zoo employee... More

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Minnesota
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22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

My boys and me visited RAD on a Saturday. There were probably two other families in the building with us. The exhibits were very small and I am not a fan of such animals but I actually felt sorry for most of them due to such small cramped places. The building smelled and came off dirty to me. It took... More

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