If you want a new adventure near Minneapolis, why not check out the Minnesota Zoo? A short hop down the road in Apple Valley, the zoo has reopened to the public in January of 2021! The zoo is open daily from 10am to 4pm and prices for admission are as follows. Adults between the ages of 13-64 are $19.95. Seniors over the age of 65 are $13.95. Children between the ages of 3-12 are also $13.95. Children under the age of 2 are free! Don’t forget to plan for parking – the zoo’s parking fee is $7 for a car or van, or $10 for a bus or motorhome. You can also become a member of the Minnesota Zoo. The Individual package is $65 while the Dual package for a couple is $119. Membership for a household or a grandparent is $155 while Household Plus is $179. Friends Plus membership is $250.
All ticketing must be reserved online as well as all membership purchases.
Unfortunately, all the interactive programs throughout the zoo have been closed until further notice to ensure the safety of the guests. This includes touching and/or feeding the animals, as well as high-touch areas of interaction. This includes the Discovery Bay tide pool as well as feeding the goats at the Wells Fargo Family Farm.
If you’d like to go shopping for that perfect souvenir, you can shop at select gift shop locations throughout the zoo and find what you’re looking for. Alternately, you have the option of shopping online, as all of the Minnesota Zoo’s merchandise is on their website in their shop. This includes apparel, hats, plushies, toys, water bottles, book bags, and more! If you’re hungry and want a bite to eat, you can find food at the Call of the Wild restaurant, however, seating and food options are limited. You might want to bring a sack lunch from home that you can eat while on the move.
While there aren’t any events or experiences going on at the Minnesota Zoo at this time, they still have a myriad of fantastic animals to come and meet. The Amur Tiger and Amur Leopard are always crowd favorites, as well as the African Penguins. Otters and black bears abound, and the bald eagles are breathtaking. The Great Horned Owl will stun you and the two-toed sloth will delight and amuse you. Whatever your favorite animal, the Minnesota Zoo is sure to have it. Satisfy children of all ages by admiring the animals who share our planet.
The Minnesota Zoo is just a short jog away from Minneapolis and well worth the drive. Be sure to bring a mask and practice social distancing while at the zoo and enjoy the fresh air to your heart’s content. Come on down today and have yourself an adventure with all their fantastic animals.
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