The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley, a southern suburb of the Twin Cities, just 10 minutes south of Mall of America.
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124
Phone: 952.431.9200, 1.800.366.7811
24-hour information line: 952.431.9500

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Construction News

Improvements to County Road 38 (McAndrews) and the development of the North Creek Regional Greenway may impact your entry experience into the Zoo this summer.

The North Creek Regional Greenway will create a connection from the existing regional bicycle and walking Greenway to Lebanon Hills Regional Park through the Zoo property. The greenway will offer a safe, continuous bike and walking path for Zoo guests, park users and local residents and restored prairies and woodlands along the trail on the Zoo grounds. Here’s a sneak peek at the beautiful trail.

County Road 38/(McAndrews Road) will be reconstructed from May 15-August 6. While this will involve frequent lane closures, there will always be designated access lanes from County 38 into the Zoo from both directions during Zoo hours and events.

For the most up-to-date information about these Dakota County projects or to sign up for email updates, visit: https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/Transportation/CurrentConstruction/Pages/default.aspx

Driving Directions

From Minneapolis:
Take Interstate 35W south to Highway 62 east. Exit taking Highway 77 south and follow it to County Road 38 east. Follow the brown-colored “Zoo” signs.

From St. Paul:
Take Interstate 35E south to Highway 77 south. Exit on County Road 38 east. Follow the brown-colored “Zoo” signs.

From south of Apple Valley:
• Take Interstate 35 north to 35E north. Take Highway 77 south to County Road 38 east. Follow the brown-colored “Zoo” signs.
• Take Highway 52 north to County Rd 42 west. Take Johnny Cake Ridge Road north to County Road 38 (McAndrews Road) west. Follow the brown-colored “Zoo” signs.

Public Transportation

The Minnesota Zoo is serviced by the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) bus line. With the launch of the new Red Line bus service, routes to the Zoo have changed. You can connect the Red Line at the Mall of America to the Cedar Grove Transit Station and take a connecting bus (Route 440) to the Zoo. This service is offered seven days a week, on the hour. Please contact the MVTA for bus routes and time at 612-373-3333, or visit mvta.com and use the Trip Planner.

Present your bus transfer ticket at the Zoo’s ticket desk and receive $2.00 off adult/ $1.00 off child on admission.