Escape the cold and get a taste of the tropics at one of the Zoo's most popular events. Bring your pail or favorite sand toy and play in Minnesota's two biggest indoor sandboxes. Take in a full day of family fun exploring an indoor rainforest teeming with wildlife, along with special activities each weekend.
Minnesota Zoo Members Bring a Friend—your guests will receive 50% off daily admission tickets Monday through Friday during Tropical Beach Party. Not valid February 19.
Tropical Beach Party is home to Minnesota’s largest indoor sandboxes, using a total of 34 tons of sand to fill both sandboxes. Located on our Tropics Trail and in Discovery Bay, both sandboxes will provide family fun for everyone. Bring your pail or favorite sandbox toy for maximum beach fun!
Our trash in Minnesota can end up in oceans and other waterways. There, sea turtles and other wildlife may confuse plastic bags with food. Be part of the solution by choosing a reusable shopping bag. Learn more about sea turtles and saving wildlife at Tropical Beach Party.
Special animal enrichment and training demonstrations are emphasized during Close Encounters, providing guests with one-on-one opportunities to interact with our zookeepers and observe, or even touch, our wildlife.
-Sea turtle pledge activity – Discovery Bay 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
-Incredible Creatures – Discovery Bay Stadium 11:00 a.m.
-Sea turtle story time – Bee Hive 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Did you know the Minnesota Zoo is a year-round destination with acres of indoor exhibits and interactive experiences for children and families? Meet hundreds of animals along our Tropics Trail and learn how our conservation efforts are supporting endangered species like the Red Panda. Or get up close and personal with sharks and rays inside the tide pool at Discovery Bay. And don’t forget about the IMAX Theatre. Come in from the cold and warm up at the Zoo this winter!
Gather up your little chicks and celebrate the sights and sounds of spring at the Wells Fargo Family Farm! You’ll coo at adorable piglets, lambs, goat kids, bunnies, chicks and calves. All the cute happens daily, with special family activities each weekend.
Bring your special mom to meet some of our special moms during our Macy’s Mother’s Day celebration. Moms in free on Sunday.