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Minnesota zoos and aquariums are popular Minnesota attractions and family fun destinations.

The most well knows zoos are located in the Twin Cities area. The largest of these is the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. The Minnesota Zoo is located on 500 acres and presently houses about 2,300 animals. At least 15 species of animals in the zoo are on the United States Endangered Species Act list.

You can explore and enjoy:

  • The Monorail for a "bird's-eye"view of some exhibits
  • Coral Reef Dive Show: underwater viewing
  • KAYTEE World of Birds Show
  • Shark Feedings
  • Splash Pad (summer): Cool off under life-sized animal sculptures in the new interactive water fountain.
  • Woodland Adventure: interactive, nature-based play area

Seasonal Attractions:

  • Aveda Butterfly Garden (June - September)
  • Wells Fargo Family Farm (April -October)
  • Cow Milking Demonstration

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is located right in the city of St. Paul. Families have enjoyed this wonderful zoo for more than 100 years. Como Zoo is a free zoo and is open all year round, including holidays.

The Japanese Garden at Como Zoo is one of the most beautiful, peaceful parts of the park. Visit in August, when you can enjoy the Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival that includes performances of taiko drumming, and bamboo flutes. You can also sample Japanese food. 

More attractions at this favorite among Minnesota zoos include:

  • New Polar Bear Odyssey Exhibit
  • Blooming Butterflies Exhibit
  • Marjorie McNeely Conservatory
  • Como Town Amusement Park with reasonably priced rides geared to the 2 - 12 year old ages.
  • Cafesjian Carousel

Como Zoo and the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory are free however donations are encouraged to help support this wonderful Minnesota attraction.

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Lake Superior Zoo is located in the beautiful lakeside city of Duluth in Fairmont Park. The zoo is located on more than 16½ acres at the base of Spirit Mountain. 

The Lake Superior Zoo is home to hundreds of native animals and exotic species. Some features of this popular Minnesota zoo include:

  • Primate Conservation Center
  • Siberian Tiger Viewing Deck
  • Polar Shores
  • Northern Territory
  • Australian Connection
  • Two-Story Red-Ruffed Lemur Exhibit
  • Barnyard Friends exhibit
  • Griggs Learning Center that houses outreach animals for educational programs.
  • Tiger's Paw Gift Shop and the Safari Café

Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth Minnesota. The Great Lakes Aquarium models a number of habitats from the Great Lakes and around the world.

The exhibits at the aquarium feature hundreds of species and habitats. Some of these are: Baptism River, St. Louis River, Isle Royale, Amazing Amazon, Wow of Water and Freshwater Forest. You will also want to explore:

  • Bald Eagle Exhibit
  • The Aviary
  • Critter Corner
  • Otter Cove

Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America is the world's largest under water aquarium. It features more than 5,000 sea creatures that you can see and even touch! You can be face to face with sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, and more.

A moving walkway guides you through a 300-foot tunnel, where sharks, fish, stingrays, sea turtles, and other creatures swim past you...and over you! Also enjoy the virtual submarine ride, demonstrations, and more. Kids love UnderwaterWorld and it is also a hit with people of all ages.

New for 2010: Jellyfish Discovery a stunning Jellyfish Exhibit featuring the World’s Largest Jellyfish Collection! 

There are zoos in several other locations in Minnesota. Here are links to a couple of them:

Reptile Amphibian Discovery Zoo in Owatonna

Sibley Park Zoo in Mankato

Hemker Park and Zoo in Freeport

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