Ongoing Events

Wings Financial World of Birds Show
Soaring hawks, talking parrots, majestic owls, and many more rare and beautiful feathered creatures delight and amaze Zoo guests.

Hawaiian Monk Seal Demonstrations – 12, 2, and 4pm daily
Experience the sights and sounds of the Hawaiian islands during our Hawaiian Monk Seal Demonstrations – daily at 12:00, 2:00 & 4:00 p.m. 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
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.

Camel Rides – May 23 to September 7
Hours are 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM, weather permitting. Cost is $6 non-members, $5 for members. Photos are $6.

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 (April 1-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.

Farm Trams will be running – Saturday & Sunday in May  from 11:30-1:30

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

Photo Contest – Starts June 1 
Attention wildlife shutterbugs! The Minnesota Zoo is excited to announce the 6th annual Photo Contest, sponsored by National Camera Exchange.

Aveda Butterfly Garden – June 20 – September 7
Enjoy the spectacular sight of hundreds of North American butterflies at the end of the Tropics Trail.

William David Romans Golf Classic – August 31
Please join us in celebrating the life of William by participating in the 6th Annual William David Romans Golf Classic on Monday, August 31 at 11:15 a.m. at Brackett’s Crossing Country Club in Lakeville.

Sea Otter Awareness Week – September 20 -26
Help us celebrate Sea Otter Awareness Week from Sunday, September 20 through Saturday, September 26, 2015. Visit our resident sea otters Capers, Jasper and Rocky in the Russia’s Grizzly Coast exhibit and learn more about how these charismatic marine mammals play a vital role in the coastal ecosystem.

HallZooWeen – October 24 & 25 and 30 & 31, 2015
This October, the Zoo is celebrating fall color and things that go bump in the night. Enjoy up-close encounters with both cute and creepy critters. From bats and tarantulas to tigers and tapirs, HallZooWeen offers something for kids of ALL ages.

Member Only HallZooWeen – Saturday, October 31, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Registration limited to those covered by your membership and the first 2,000 people to sign up.  Online registration will begin on October 5 at 9:00 a.m.

Wild about Wine – November 7, 2015
Join us for our annual wine tasting event and enjoy tastings of a variety of fine wines.  The Zoo will provide the perfect backdrop for this exotic evening of appetizers, music, and wine. Online reservations will go live October 5.  This is a 21+ event.

Member Only Snack with Santa
8:30 & 9:30 a.m.
December 5 & 6
December 12 & 13
December 19 & 20

Enjoy and early morning snack in the “Call of the Wild” restaurant and a personal visit with Santa! There will be fun activities and a special gift for the kids. Online registration begins November 16 at 9:00 a.m. Seating is limited and will fill quickly.

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