Know each animal’s ultimate secrets and discover new things about nature by spending time at the Minnesota Zoo. Home to 4,240 individual animals representing 542 species, this zoo is located in a rural area of Apple Valley, Minnesota where there is more space for the animals to run wild. It is founded in 1978 with a mission to “connect people, animals, and the natural world.”
The zoo opened for public on May 22, 1978. It was called the “New Zoo” back then. From its humble beginning, the zoo has now become a leader in conservation.
Plan your visit at the zoo ahead of time so that you can make the most of your visit. Your planning should include using Minnesota Zoo Coupons upon admission; it will truly help you save a lot. The zoo has daily and seasonal presentations and also seasonal attractions. So plan wisely where you like to go first. Take advantage of your visit to see all the mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish on display at the zoo by following the different trails: Medtronic Minnesota Trail, Discovery Bay, Northern Trail, Russia’s Grizzly Coast, South Entry, Tropics Trail, Wells Fargo Family Farm, and the KAYTEE World of Birds. You can even watch how the dolphins are being trained at Dolphin Training Sessions, or watch the different birds soar high at the KAYTEE World of Birds Show. You can also delight yourself by riding on the Monorail which will give you a glimpse of the Northern Trail and Russia’s Grizzly Coast. The zoo also offers Zoo camps, overnight stays, and many other programs for school and other bigger groups.
Make use of Minnesota Zoo Discount Tickets when you are planning to visit the zoo:
Reciprocity Membership: Get 50% off if you are a member of other zoos which also gives reciprocity discounts.
Zoo Membership: If you are a holder of membership card, you can get in to the zoo any time you want for free.
Group Discounts Discount Minnesota Zoo Tickets are also available for group visitors starting at 20 people. The more people, the bigger the discount. Bookings must be done at least one week in advance.
Corporate Discount Card Program: Corporate discount programs for businesses are also available.These discount cards can help you avail a discount of two dollars for adults and one dollar per child. In addition, there is one dollar off the IMAX Theater.
Buy an Official Twin Cities Attraction Pass: If you buy the pass, you can get discounted entry at the Minnesota Zoo.
Military Discounts: Discount for the entire family if a valid Military ID is presented.
Social Networking Sites: If you are into networking sites, you can follow Minnesota-zoo in Facebook, Mnzoo in Twitter and Minnesotazoo in Youtube to get some discounts and coupons for the Minnesota Zoo.
Customized Tickets: This is a consignment program to the companies wherein employees can take advantage of the discount if they use the tickets.
MELSA/Library Adventure Pass Program: Get discounted admission at the zoo if you buy MELSA Library Adventure Pass.
Zoo Newsletter: If you want to receive promo information via email, you subscribe to the zoo newsletter.
AAA Membership Card: The zoos should also offers a 10% or more AAA discount rate for current members showing their card.
Hours of Operation
May 28, 2011 – Sept. 5, 2011:
Monday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 6, 2011 – Sept. 30, 2011:
Monday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012:
Monday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Admission Ticket Prices
Ages 0-2: FREE
Ages 3-12: $12
Ages 13-64: $18
Ages 65+: $12
Zoo with IMAX Combo*:
- Ages 0-2: FREE
- Ages 3-12: $18*
- Ages 13-64: $25.50*
- Ages 65+: $18*
*Movie prices may vary
- Cars: $5.00
- Buses: $10.00
- Motor coaches: $15.00
Address and Contact Information
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: 952.431.9200, 1.800.366.7811
24-hour Information Line: 952.431.9500