Ongoing Events

Wings Financial World of Birds Show
No shows while training for outdoor shows.
Soaring hawks, talking parrots, majestic owls, and many more rare and beautiful feathered creatures delight and educate Zoo guests at the World of Birds Show!

Hawaiian Monk Seal Demonstrations – 12 and 2
Experience the sights and sounds of the Hawaiian islands during our Hawaiian Monk Seal Demonstrations – daily at 12:00 & 2:00.  Come and connect with these critically endangered marine mammals and their trainers in their new habitat in Discovery Bay, the only place to see these amazing animals outside of Hawaii. Learn more about Hawaiian monk seals, the challenges they face in the wild, and what the Minnesota Zoo and others are doing to help save them.

Conservation Carousel
Opening March 25 (weather permitting)
Round and round, up and down! The Minnesota Zoo’s hand-crafted Conservation Carousel is located along the Northern Trail. $2 token per ride for guests 42 inches and taller, carousel tokens are purchased at the self-service kiosk near the carousel.

Tropical Reef Dive Show
Our spectacular floor-to-ceiling underwater viewing allows you to watch aquarium staff SCUBA dive with the sharks and tropical fish of the Coral Reef. Dive shows are daily at 10:30 a.m. (limited capacity)

Close Encounters
This program provides unique, engaging on-site animal experiences to zoo guests.

Backstage Pass
Each Backstage Pass is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience designed to foster positive, lifelong connections to the natural world.

Cow Milking Demonstration (seasonal)
The dairy barn at the Well’s Fargo Family Farm features daily cow milking demonstrations at 11, 1, and 3, April through November. (limited capacity) Watch video.

Shark Feedings
Watch the savage beauty of our sharks and other marine life during their scheduled feedings. Discovery Bay shark feedings are at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.

Penguin Feedings
Come watch our Penguins get fed at 10am and 2:30pm

Seasonal Attractions

Wells Fargo Family Farm (March 25-November 30)
Experience a working farm and learn how food gets from farms to tables. This popular exhibit offers families a chance to see and touch domestic animals like cows, goats, pigs, and more.

Splash Pad (summer)
Cool off under life-sized animal sculptures in our interactive water fountain on the Central Plaza.

Woodland Adventure 
An interactive, nature-based play area located off the Zoo’s Central Plaza.

Hanifl Family Wild Woods  
The Hanifl Family Wild Woods is Minnesota Zoo’s new, immersive nature-play experience that encourages kids to explore and connect with nature. Kids can climb on, crawl through, dig in and discover nature in a “please touch” environment that is free with admission.

Upcoming Events

Animal Play Day – May 19
Join us for our new Animal Play Days at the Minnesota Zoo! The Zoo animals receive enrichment every day to keep them mentally and physically strong – and Animal Play Days give guests a special opportunity to watch enrichment and engage with zookeepers at featured animal habitats.

Adult Nights Out
Our new series of events for grown-ups provides guests with the opportunity to explore the Zoo after hours!  $10 admission fee (free for members); food and beverage available for purchase.  Online reservations will go live closer to the event dates.
Friday, May 27, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Thursday, July 14, 2016
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Friday, September 16, 2016
Friday, October 7, 2016

*Followed by Our World Speaker Series


Dinosaurs – May 28 – September 5
This summer, bring your family to the Minnesota Zoo, where amazing lives and dinosaurs roam! See life-like Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Allosaurus and more. You can even snap a selfie with a T. rex. (Just watch out for the Dilophosaurus – he spits.) The Zoo is the only place your family can experience dinosaurs and some of their living friends who survived extinction. Tickets only $5 with Zoo admission. ($4 for Members)

Aveda Butterfly Garden – June 18 – September 5
Enjoy the spectacular sight of hundreds of North American butterflies at the end of the Tropics Trail.  The Aveda Butterfly Garden features more than 40 different species of North American butterflies and moths, fluttering in a beautiful environment that includes a small stream and a diversity of plants.

Cub Father’s Day – June 19
Bring your dad to the Zoo on Sunday, June 19 for our Cub Father’s Day celebration with free admission for all dads.

Brew at the Zoo –  August 5, 2016
Join us for our 8th annual Brew at the Zoo.  There’s nothing better than cold beer on a warm summer evening.  Enjoy a wide variety of refreshing local domestic/microbrews, complimentary appetizers, and live music.

Tiger Tracks  5K and Kids’ Run –  August 27, 2016
Lace-up your shoes and make tracks to the Minnesota Zoo for our annual 5K run to save wildlife.

Music in the Zoo
The best outdoor music venue in the Twin Cities, the Weesner Family Amphitheater