1. Hit the Beach

Tropical Beach Party is back and bigger than ever. This year we have not one, but two giant indoor sandboxes with a total of 34 tons of sand (that is the equivalent weight of roughly 3,777 adult white-cheeked gibbons!) Weekend activities include face painting, crafts, animal enrichment and more.

  1. Adventure (Feed a Ray)

If adventure is what you crave, sign up for the Backstage Pass with our Sharks and Rays program.  Join our knowledgeable aquarists for an exclusive opportunity to feed our 7-foot stingrays by hand! In this backstage experience, you’ll learn about our sharks and rays daily routines, behaviors, and how the Zoo is working to protect these unique animals in the wild. You’ll also have an opportunity to get a closer look at our rescued sea turtles and sand tiger sharks.

  1. Baby Animals (…need we say more?)

Who doesn’t like cute cuddly creatures?! Stop by the Wells Fargo Family Farm for Farm Babies starting March 24, and visit all your favorite adorable farm animals – everything from fluffy baby chicks to snuggly piglets. Looking for something a bit more hands on? Sign up to volunteer and get a glimpse into what it takes to live life on “down on the farm.”

  1. See the world (no passport required)

The Minnesota Zoo has miles of scenic trails, indoor and out, that takes you from one continent to the next, without ever leaving the state. Travel to Russia to see bears, sea otters and leopards. Looking for something warmer? Globetrot across the tropics and encounter the ring-tailed lemur of Madagascar, Asia’s Komodo dragon or the golden lion tamarin of South America. There’s always something amazing to experience at the Minnesota Zoo.

  1. Save Wildlife

Did you know that just by visiting the Minnesota Zoo you are helping to save wildlife around the world? A portion of your admission cost goes to benefit animals both locally and globally and now you can even sport your efforts to save wildlife with a stylish wristband for a donation of $2 or more! Learn more about our wildlife conversation efforts at the Zoo.