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“More up-close and hands-on than the big zoos” 5 of 5 stars
Review of RAD Zoo (Reptile Amphibian Discovery Zoo)

RAD Zoo (Reptile Amphibian Discovery Zoo)
3297 N County Road 45, Owatonna, MN 55060
888-472-3966
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Owatonna
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Minnesota
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“More up-close and hands-on than the big zoos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012 via mobile

This was much more hands on and up close compared to visiting a big zoo. Staff was very friendly and answered all of our questions. I will definitely be back so I purchased a year membership.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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“Great Fun”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

My husband and I took our friend's 11 year old daughter to this zoo, and we all had a great time. They have a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians--from adorable to intimidating. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I had purchased a discount voucher for our tickets, and it included a photo with one of the animals. Our young friend got her picture taken with a boa constrictor. We got to see one of their demonstrations. One of the staff showed a half-dozen of the animals and explained where they live, what they eat, etc. and also took questions. The children in the audience were very inquisitive, and the zookeeper was patient and adept at answering the questions.

The building is quite warm, and they do not have air conditioning so I wouldn't recommend going during the hottest part of summer. Our early fall visit was warm, though still enjoyable. The staff mentioned that many of the animals hibernate in the winter, so a visit at that time might prove less interesting since the animals would be less active. It was definitely worth the hour drive from the Cities, and I would recommend it--especially if you have children who are fascinated by snakes, alligators and the like. They offer birthday party packages, and had an area devoted to that.

Visited September 2012
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“Great hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012 via mobile

Loved this place! This zoo is housed inside a warehouse, but we were impressed with the collection of creatures. Staff was very friendly and engaging. All of the exhibits had signs with interesting facts. We also got to hold an alligator :). Our kids (ages 10 and 7) had a great time. Definitely recommend this if you are in the Owatonna area.

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“Kid and Adult Fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

They have alot of really neat amphibians under one building. My kids loved it!

Visited April 2012
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“Great Exploration for Children”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2012 via mobile

We went to RAD as a treat for my niece who is a budding naturalist knowing she would love it and also took her younger brother thinking we could distract him if he got scared. But both elementary schoolers loved it and we ended up spending the whole day there. Starting with feeding tortoises, followed by an educational presentation and photos with snake and alligator. They loved it all and the more timid child was reassured and not pushed beyond his comfort level. In the afternoon the feeding of snakes and other reptiles was fascinating to the whole crowd. Not a fancy place but a great learning opportunity for both children.

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