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.

Conservation Carousel (Closed for the season)
Round and round, up and down! The Minnesota Zoo is excited for the opening of our NEW, hand-crafted Conservation 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 newest additions 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)(Closed for the season)
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.

Upcoming Events

Home for the Holidays- Military Appreciation Months  November 11 -January 4
The Minnesota Zoo salutes our troops with a special offer for the holiday season. All military personnel (active, retired and civilian*) will receive FREE admission and parking. Family members will receive half price admission.

Alison Hawthorne Deming on the meaning of Zoologies – Saturday, December 6 at 4:30 p.m.
Alison Hawthorne Deming will be reading selections and engaging in an onstage conversation with Minnesota Zoo butterfly conservation specialist Cale Nordmeyer as part of an afternoon exploring her new collection of essays, Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit.

Members Only Snack with Santa
Enjoy an early morning snack in the “Call of the Wild” restaurant and visit with Santa! There will be fun activities and a special gift for the kids. Bring your own camera to take those special photos with Santa.

Santa Saturdays
December is a great time to visit the Minnesota Zoo. If you’re looking for that perfect holiday photo, bring your family and camera to the Zoo on Saturday, December 6, 13, and 20 and meet Santa. He’ll be available for photos from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

National Visit the Zoo Day – December 27
Come celebrate Visit the Zoo Day with us! Minnesota Zoo is your year-round destination for inspiring encounters with the natural world.

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