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RAD Zoo (Reptile Amphibian Discovery Zoo)

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Address: 3297 N County Road 45, Owatonna, MN 55060
Phone Number: 5074551465
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Great for kids

We visited as a family with our 3 year old and 10 month old. My daughter was very excited and kept asking to pet everything (including the 700 lb alligator). In the end they let... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Shannon D
Winona, Minnesota, United States
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Montrose, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The RAD Zoo wasn't quite what I expected as it's more of a large warehouse, and while we went on a very hot day, our kids still had a great time looking at the alligator, caimans and various snakes and lizards. We did as well, but I couldn't help but wonder if the animals really had enough room - especially... More 

Thank ZephyrMarie
Winona, Minnesota, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited as a family with our 3 year old and 10 month old. My daughter was very excited and kept asking to pet everything (including the 700 lb alligator). In the end they let her hold a decent sized snake. She was ecstatic! I noticed that most of the animals were donated or taken from homes that could no... More 

Thank Shannon D
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

The place is horrible, the animals are in a shoe boxes, big alligators/caiman/crocodiles in a such small containers make me feel seek. the few birds in small cages, an anaconda in a fish tank. The show is just watch as the crocodiles are eating a piece of chicken and the snakes dead mice. In 20' you are done. Do not... More 

Thank Normiami
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I brought our two year old and we had a lot of fun. It took us about an hour and a half to see all the reptiles. The staff was so friendly. They brought out a turtle, alligator, and snake for our daughter to pet. It also wasn't very crowded on a Saturday morning. Overall, I would... More 

Thank Travis W
Willmar, Minnesota
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52 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

There was a terrific variety of creatures in this zoo. Our little ones had a blast seeing all of them up close. It was especially fun to watch the tortoises dig holes for egg laying. The kuku bird was fun to see I person and up close. My only disappointment was that the staff was not at all friendly. They... More 

Thank TarenSteg
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24 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

We went here with our 4-year-old son and had a great time. There are a ton of animals to see; some exotic and some not so exotic. We really enjoyed the feeding time. There is something fascinating about watching a snake take it's prey! My son loved "Big Al". He was not terribly active, but we did get a chance... More 

Thank Stephanie C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

We have a membership here and get here every month or two and they are always getting in new animals. If you have never been here I recommend coming during one of the show times when at the end you get a chance to pet several of the animals. Depending upon how busy it is when you come you may... More 

Thank jshallow01
Lakeville, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

This little gem sits along side the freeway (I 35) in a little town of Owatonna, about 60 miles south of Minneapolis. It would be easy to zip on by. You see the billboards along the route but you wonder, how good could this be? Is it worth stopping? The answer is a definite "yes"! If you are stopping at... More 

Thank bogiegramma
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

We went to the Reptile Zoo and got there at 2 which was just in time for their animal presentation and feeding. The kids were able to see all of the animals without difficulty and were also given the opportunity to hold an alligator and/or snake. They LOVED it! There are many different animals and all are easy to see!

Thank Yokieljl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

My daughter loved it and wants to go back again. One of the workers let her feed the turtles. She also got to touch one. Fun.

Thank Glenn B

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