Lake Superior Zoo

Lake Superior Zoo, Duluth: Hours, Address, Lake Superior Zoo Reviews: 4/5

Lake Superior Zoo
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Located only minutes away from Canal Park, the Lake Superior Zoo is situated on over 16 acres of picturesque scenery like rocky hills, majestic pines and beautiful Kingsbury Creek. Meet over 300 animals and 140 different species from both Minnesota and around the world. You'll see brown bears, gray wolves, river otters, primates, reptiles, and so much more! Take a behind-the-scenes tour and make your Zoo trip unforgettable! Visit our website for information on current rates and hours, educational camps and programs, upcoming events and more. Open year round!
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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243 reviews
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Kevin A
Park City, IL1,111 contributions
Jul 2021
I liked the zoo and it had a little train that went around there and it was small and but compact with a lot of hills and but it's a good place to go to. I especially liked the train ride.
Written July 29, 2021
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Amanda M
Big Lake, MN34 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
The zoo has made many improvements since the flood. Small zoo, but nice with young children. Went on a hot Sunday, mid-day...not crowded at all.
Written July 26, 2021
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Jason D
Lawrence, KS385 contributions
Jul 2021
This place is run down and many exhibits were closed. For a zoo in this area it was disappointing. There is no map to follow and so many areas on the plexiglass is so old you cannot even see through it. Not worth it
Written July 20, 2021
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Ron
13 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
What a terrible experience my family had there. We came with our passes from the children's museum in Illinois, which is a part of the ASTC program, giving us free entry into the zoo. The ticket girl Marissa was incredibly rude, and refused to honor their passes. She gave me half off and said it was their policy. I showed her clearly in writing where it says it afforded me free entry and asked to be shown where it says in their policy half off. She refused and when I asked to speak to a manager she told me no. I had to go inside to speak to one. Needed up ruining our whole day, wouldn't reccommend this zoo to anyone.
Written June 10, 2021
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Hello Ron, We appreciate the chance to further discuss your experience here at the Lake Superior Zoo. We apologize that your expectations for free admission were not met. We are indeed a part of the ASTC Passport program, and I have copied the program rules below: Before You Travel 1. Check for exclusions. Make sure the science center or museum you are visiting is not located within 90 miles of either your home residence or the science center or museum that you belong to. This distance is measured as a linear radius, not driving distance. 2. Review the family admittance policy of the venue that you intend to visit. Call before you visit to confirm your Passport Program benefits. 3. Pack your ID (or other proof of residence). Admissions staff reserve the right to request proof of residence for benefits to apply. Passport Program venues requesting proof of residence are marked by “Proof of Residence Required”. 4. Pack your membership card. Passport Program venues are not required to grant benefits to visitors who forget their cards. There is no universal database with all Passport visitors’ member data for admission staff to reference. Some venues will allow you to call your home institution to confirm your membership, but they are under no obligation to do so. Marissa has been a part of the Guest Experience team for several years, and has received comprehensive training in all aspects of guest service as well as the reciprocal programs we participate in. Upon your use of profanity towards her, a manager on duty was called in to help. From there, we have offered you a full refund of $10.50 once proof of membership (and where you have found information that would be contrary to what is listed above) is provided. If you would like to discuss this further, you can reply to the email from our Director of Guest Experience or give us a call at 218-730-4500 (extension 204 or 203). Sincerely, Haley Cope Chief Executive Officer
Written June 24, 2021
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Michelle H
59 contributions
May 2021 • Couples
Probably one of the worst zoos we have ever been to. The employees looked bored and showed no signs of wanting to interact with guests.
They advertise a tiger, but never saw it.
We did enjoy the prairie dog exhibit.
This place is not handicapped friendly. We had problems because no doors had handicap assistance. Even though twice employees saw us struggle, they never bothered to help. There is also a very steep incline that my chair almost tipped.
I think it took us about 45 minutes to get thru it, there really isn't that much here.
All in all, it's not worth the admission fee and I would skip this one. Head to the aquarium, it's much more interesting.
Written May 22, 2021
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adrianna24sings
Traverse City, MI403 contributions
May 2021
So glad I was able to visit this wonderful zoo. An array of animals to observe, and great trails to follow to different spots of the zoo. Lots of exhibits outdoors and indoors too. I enjoyed all the animals and layout of the zoo. When in Duluth the Lake Superior Zoo is a fantastic place to add to your list of attractions to.visit. There's a really great gift shop too.
Written May 21, 2021
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jesser007
Houston, TX670 contributions
Apr 2021
First time to visit. All the staff were helpful and seemed genuinely interested in our day at the zoo. Exceed expectations. Highly recommend. Pidge at the Cafe is a rock star!
Written April 15, 2021
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zombienic
Minnesota1,184 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
I used to love coming to this zoo. In 2012 I was hired for the summer and ended up staying until October of 2013. It was one of my favorite jobs. As many people know we had a tragic flood in 2012 so I had been at the zoo during the hardest time. I have not been back until a couple days ago. The zoo looks terrible! There is STILL construction going on 8 years later. The parking lot and walkways inside the zoo look like a tornado went through. The grounds are a mess and many of the animals are gone, even the ones that were still there after the flood. No wolves, no deer, the pond that used to be up by Australia with the Black Swan isn't even there anymore. Lots of empty overgrown spots! The zoo does have two cute new bears to replace the bear that used to be there. We thought they were in a new enclosure but they are just back where the old bear was, a sad dirt filled rocky area with no grass. The zoo has implemented a one-way walking system because of Covid. There are signs on every enclosure saying one family at a time and to observe 6ft distance. We were constantly surrounded by people who can't read. One extremely loud "country" family continued to come and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with us, with no masks, so we had to keep walking away instead of enjoying the animals that were there. No train, no barnyard (we saw a couple goats but you can't pet or feed them), no playground, and the Griggs room where many animals are was also closed. To top it off you would think the price to get in would be less since there's only half of what should be there but we were charged $12 a piece. Definitely save your money and drive two hours south to either the Minnesota or Como Zoo. Heartbreaking as a former employee to see the zoo has gone so downhill.
Written August 31, 2020
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Theresa N
st paul32 contributions
Aug 2020
Always have a fun time at the zoo. Not all paths were open but we still enjoyed the walk thru the zoo.
Written August 24, 2020
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BPuttkammer21
Cottage Grove, MN170 contributions
Jul 2020
The zoo is following safety protocols for COVID. You get to follow the path, one way, but can go around as many times as you wish. The day we visited it was very quiet and for the most part we had the zoo to ourselves. It was very nicely taken care of and the staff were very friendly.
Written August 5, 2020
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