We only live 10 miles from the zoo so have a membership every year for the last 10 years as our kids are 13, 11, and 5.
Something new seems to open every year. Great in the winter with indoor Tropics Trail and In/out MN Trail. Great in the summer for water fun, playgrounds and nice walks. Can do the Grizzlys and Russia trail even in winter. Love the new Bird show theater.
If you live within 30 miles of the zoo-totally worth it to get a membership as the family membership pays for itself after 2 visits. Bring your own lunch/snack to save money. For an extra treat, share a large basket of waffle fries from the food court. They are great!
The butterfly garden in the summer is fantastic.
Do not like the fake rocks they have built up around the penguin and grizzly exhibit. Too high and too treacherous for kids. Wish they just put in steps or benches for viewing.
If you are coming from out of town, check for reciprocity with any zoo membership you might have in your area.
I recommend the zoo for families especially with kids 10 and under.
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