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

Love Tour – February 14
Our annual Valentine event is a perfect way to spend a romantic evening out. This year’s event will again provide a glimpse into the private lives of a variety of animals.

Tropical Beach Party – February 14-16
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.

Warm Up in the Wild – February 28
Join us for the 5th annual Warm Up in the Wild party! This adults-only (ages 21+) tropical experience features a night of great cocktails, exotic animals, beach games, and so much more.

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