Come in and discover “Where Amazing Lives. Every Day.” All it takes is a curiosity and willingness to explore. We are committed to serving ALL Minnesotans and ensuring that economic circumstances are not obstacles to experiencing everything that the Minnesota Zoo has to offer.

Do you qualify for FREE Minnesota Zoo admission?
Free to Explore provides free admission for a qualifying guest and their dependents. Parking and fees for any special programs, events, or exhibits are not included.

To qualify for Free to Explore, you must be enrolled in one of the programs listed below. Simply show the approved documentation along with photo identification and proof of Minnesota residency.

Program Approved Documentation
TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) MN EBT Card
MFIP (Minnesota Family Investment Program) MN EBT Card
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) MN EBT Card
MFAP (Minnesota Food Assistance Program) MN EBT Card
General Assistance MN EBT Card
Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare MHCP Card
WIC (Women, Infants & Children Program) WIC Folder
HeadStart Acceptance Letter

 

Free to Explore admission cannot be used with other discounts or special offers and is valid only during regular Zoo hours. Proof of Minnesota residency and current enrollment in qualifying programs is required. Without verification the Minnesota Zoo reserves the right to decline free admission. Free to Explore is valid only for qualified individuals age 18 and older and their immediate family attending the zoo at the same time as the qualified participant. This program and its benefits are not transferable, redeemable for cash, or exchangeable for any other products or service. The Minnesota Zoo may change, modify, or eliminate the Free to Explore program without notice.

FAQ’s
How does it work?
Do I have to show a photo identification?
Can other people use my EBT Card/WIC Folder?
What is the age of dependent children?
If my child has a Medical Assistance card, can the parent or other children on the card visit for free?
I am on WIC and need supervised visitation with my children. Can the officer/supervisor get into the Zoo for free?
How can I bring the children of my daycare or class that are on assistance?