Ongoing Events

Wings Financial World of Birds Show
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
Closed for the season.
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 (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.

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

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

Hanifl Family Wild Woods  – Closed for the Season
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

Tropical Beach Party – February 13 – March 6, 2016
It’s all about the sand! Bring the whole family to our winter get away – the Tropics Trail at the Zoo. We’ll supply the sand, palm trees, exotic animals and more. BYOP (Bring your own pail) or favorite sandbox toy!

Farm Babies March 25 – April 30, 2016
Come out and enjoy the sights and sounds of spring at the Wells Fargo Family Farm. There’s nothing cuter than baby chicks, piglets, lambs, calves, goat kids, and bunnies.

Macy’s Mother’s Day Weekend May 7 and 8 2016
Bring your special mom to meet some of our special mothers during our Macy’s Mother’s Day Weekend celebration. Moms in free both Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8.

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.

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, March 18, 2016*
Friday, April 22, 2016*
Friday, May 27, 2016
Thursday, June 16, 2016
*Followed by Our World Speaker Series

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