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RAD Zoo (Reptile Amphibian Discovery Zoo)

Address: 3297 N County Road 45, Owatonna, MN 55060
Phone Number: 888-472-3966
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Owatonna
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Aurora, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We visited MN and stayed in Eagan. The drive was about an hour but totally worth it! This place has a lot of reptiles, in good shape. The staff is super friendly and we got to see the feedings. My daughter (age 6) thought this place was cool, and we paid the extra $6 for her to hold an alligator... More 

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Riverside, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

First, as others have said this looks like a warehouse when you pull up, but don't let that discourage you - it is what is inside that is the real attraction. The exhibits are nicely arranged with very good signage. Even though it looks like things are just set out on a warehouse floor - look past that and see... More 

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Osceola, Wisconsin
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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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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
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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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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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Saint Cloud, Minnesota, United States
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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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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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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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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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