About Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley
The Minnesota Zoo (formerly the The New Zoo), is an AZA-accredited zoo in Apple Valley, Minnesota. When it opened on May 22, 1978 it was fairly revolutionary in its exhibit design. The zoo, built in a suburbanizing rural area, had more space to house exhibits and was one of the first zoos to organize its animals by their living environment as opposed to their species. Exhibits are arrayed in six themed areas, including three themed walking trails ranging from one to two miles in length: * Medtronic Minnesota Trail, featuring animals native to Minnesota * Northern Trail, featuring animals of the north (above the 45th parallel north) * Tropics Trail, an indoor walking trail featuring animals from the tropics * Discovery Bay, an activity area themed around marine wildlife * Russia's Grizzly Coast, a part-indoor, part-outdoor new multi-million exhibit featuring animals from Russia's Far East and the Kamchatka Peninsula. * Wells Fargo Family Farm, themed around farm animals The Minnesota Zoo is a state agency. This differs from other zoos in Minnesota and most others in the United States, which are run by municipalities or private organizations. The Minnesota Zoo charges admission and sells annual memberships. It is also home to a high school, the School of Environmental Studies.Wikipedia
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Really a great zoo. Knowing the Milwaukee County Zoo well, I had high standards for zoos. This is really a beautiful place. Well spread out, lots of space. Good selection of animals. A little pricey, but worth it. Would definitely return here and recommend it to others.
This place was visually stunning. A lot of care went into the beautiful landscaping. The paths were well thought out and easy to navigate. Family favorite was the snow monkey exhibit. We could have watched these guys for hours. Impressed with how big the enclosures are for the larger animals, with plenty of room to enjoy. They did not seem depressed, just relaxed. Nice little play area with jungle gyms and a splash pad for youngsters. In general it was nice to see the animals are well cared for.
It's a nice zoo, we have a season pass. If you plan on going to the zoo even just 3 times in a year the pass is worth it. We usually go 6+ times a year and it's a nice place with a lot to see! Week days are the best days to go. The season pass is nice too, because if someone not on the pass comes with you can get a discount on their ticket!
Bought the individual plus guest membership. Easily one of the best purchases. I love everything except the food cost which is expected. Also, some of the enclosures are a bit small so you usually end up seeing sleeping animals. But, it's a great experience for adults and kids. As a photographer, great opportunities for amazing photos
I've been to zoos throughout the country and world and the MN Zoo remains one of my favourites. Great day out for the family (though it's getting pricey for larger families)!! An excellent assortment of animals on the different trails. Great indoor and outdoor options depending on the weather. Strategically placed playgrounds and shades picnic areas to provide the perfect pitstops for little ones. Beautifully landscaped paths to keep the walk interesting and lovely large habitats for the animals!
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