Spread across about 500 acres, natural habitat is the emphasis in this vast zoo. The animals are here but they often have ... More
Spread across about 500 acres, natural habitat is the emphasis in this vast zoo. The animals are here but they often have wide-open spaces in which to roam, so be patient when looking for them. To aid in the spotting of animals, visitors may ride an overhead monorail. Five themed trails lead visitors around. The Minnesota Trail focuses on animals native to the state while the Tropics Trail include encounters with Komodo dragons, leopards and gibbons. The Northern Trail features wolves, moose, musk oxen, Siberian Tigers and wild Asian horses. An IMAX is also on site.
The animals have a natural display area and living area. Great for the animals but it makes it difficult to see them at times, so be prepared for not necessarily seeing an animal and lots of walking. The bears were playful during our visit, so that was our highlight. We have been there twice, 3 years apart. The food was BAD both times.Warm foods were served cold. Eat before you come and bring a snack. Or better yet, get this fixed so this review isn't necissary.
Had a great time wish I would have had more time to spend. Great activities and wonderful interactive things for the kids. We were able to get up and close and see animals in their natural habitat. I would definitely go back and make sure you wear your walking shoes.
It's better than Disney and Sea World Combined! Meet Spree SEmo and chinook the dolphins! A five star zoo!!!!!!!! THey Have over 2000 animals. Repusinting over 500 speices. It's a Tropical Encounter in the tropics trail! Its a mini Orlando in Apple Valley Minnesota!
I have been a member of the zoo for two years now. It's a great place to spend a day. It's great having a lot of the zoo indoors so you can still enjoy it on rainy days or in the winter. The exhibits are very natural, but you're never far from the animals.
The whole reason we decided to visit this zoo, is because they have dolphins. We missed the show, but did get to see them swimming underwater. You only get to see them on top of the water if you attend a performance. What I liked about the zoo, is that the exhibits were close enough to get a good look at the animals, and many of them were open, so that if you wanted to take pictures, you wouldn't have fences in the way. Even the tiger exhibit was open - you could stand above it and look wayyyy down into it's habitat which was an interesting experience! Most of the zoo is located indoors, which is also a plus, as we visited in the winter time. Animals are divided into trails, and there is even an indoor rainforest on the Tropics Trail. The wolves have a large habitat in the woods, which are beautiful to watch. There are pressed penny machines by the gift shop.
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