Welcome to Beastly Boulevard, Minnesota Zoo’s limited drive-thru adventure! Experience a window into the natural world while viewing some of the most majestic animals at the Zoo - all from the comfort and safety of your own car. By driving through Beastly Boulevard, you are supporting the Zoo and the thousands of animals that call the Zoo home. Register today and see the Zoo like never before!

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Beastly Boulevard is a one-of-a-kind Zoo experience that will take you through portions of our Northern Trail and Wells Fargo Family Farm. Marvel at Bison, Pronghorn, Llamas and more all while maintaining safe social distancing and no contact.

There will be a limit of 500 vehicles per day with the first available reservations beginning at 10:00 am and the last reservation window being 3:00 pm daily. Vehicles must be in line no less than 15 minutes prior to their reserved time block.

All tickets must be pre-purchased online. No other discounts apply.

BEASTLY BOULEVARD ROUTE

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

The best road trips always require a little pre-planning and we’ve made it as easy on you as possible. Here are some helpful hints to help you and your guests to have a great time.

RULES OF THE ROAD

By driving through Beastly Boulevard, you are supporting the Minnesota Zoo and the animals that call it home. On behalf of all of our staff, volunteers, and animals – thank you! Your safety and the safety of our staff and animals is of utmost priority.

As you prepare for this unique Zoo experience, there are a few things to keep in mind:

• If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms (cough, fever, shortness of breath, etc.) you should not attend.
• Each household should be in a separate car; carpooling does not comply with social distancing.
• There should not be passing of objects or physical contact between vehicles.
• Attendees must remain in the vehicles they arrived in and remain in your vehicle at all times.
• Follow the guided route and keep speeds to 4 miles per hour.
• Do not feed any of the animals.
• This is a rain or shine drive-thru event.
• No pets are allowed.
• No passengers are allowed in pickup truck beds.
• And please keep noise to a minimum – animals can be disturbed by honking, engine revving, or loud music.

WILL YOU BE A HOPE KEEPER?

With your donation of any amount, you will join the Hope Keepers Society. Just like a zoo keeper dedicated to the animals in their care, as a Hope Keeper you're dedicated to protecting the future of the Zoo by providing the resources needed today.

FAQs

DO I NEED TO PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE OR CAN WE BUY THEM ONSITE?

Due to COVID-19 and limited capacity, all tickets must be purchased in advance, online at www.mnzoo.org. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled time block.

 

 

CAN I EXCHANGE OR TRANSFER MY TICKETS FOR A DIFFERENT DATE?

Beastly Boulevard event tickets are non-refundable and not transferable. Tickets are valid for admission only for the date and time selected.

 

 

CAN MY ZOO MEMBERSHIP BE USED FOR BEASTLY BOULEVARD?

Beastly Boulevard is a new and unique event experience designed to support the Minnesota Zoo during these challenging economic times and is not free with a Zoo membership. By driving through Beastly Boulevard, you are supporting the Zoo and the thousands of animals that call the Zoo home. Zoo members receive a 50% discount on Beastly Boulevard. Members will need to log into their account to receive the discounted ticket price. To access your current information or find your online account information, click here. Your e-mail address is your web login.

(No codes or membership ID necessary.) We look forward to a time in the near future when we can safely welcome guests back to the experience of walking the Zoo trails and using their membership benefits.

I HAVE FREE PASSES DO THEY COUNT TOWARDS THE BEASTLY BOULEVARD?

Beastly Boulevard is a new and unique event experience to support the Minnesota Zoo. No other discounts or free passes apply.

CAN I APPLY MY BEASTLY BOULEVARD FEE TOWARDS A MEMBERSHIP?

No. You are not able to apply your ticket purchase toward a membership. Memberships are vital to the success of the Zoo and are considered a tax deductible donation.  Please click here for more information

HOW DOES THE VIDEO/AUDIO TOUR WORK?

After purchasing your ticket, you will receive a confirmation email with a welcome video, instructions, policies, and links to the audio and video tour. The Video/Audio tour  is also available on our website. You may choose to bring a charged smartphone or tablet and connect it to your car’s sound system via Bluetooth or AUX cord! If your car isn’t compatible with Bluetooth or you don’t have an AUX cord, simply listen to the tour from your smartphone speaker.

DO YOU ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?

Yes, only online. We accept American Express, VISA, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards.

DO YOU ACCEPT CASH PAYMENTS?

No, we currently will not have any on-site purchasing. Only distribution of pre-ordered food and beverage.

ARE FACE MASKS REQUIRED?

As there is no access to Zoo Buildings and we ask that you not leave your vehicle, no face mask is required for Beastly Boulevard.

DO YOU DRIVE-THRU IN YOUR OWN CAR? CAN WE RENT A SHUTTLE OR GOLF CART?

Guests must travel through the Minnesota Zoo in the comfort of their own vehicle. We do not have rental cars or shuttles. Please no motorcycles, scooters, bicycles, or riding in the back of flatbed trucks.

HOW LONG DOES BEASTLY BOULEVARD TAKE?

The experience will last approximately 30-minutes.

DO I NEED TO PRINT MY ORDER CONFIRMATION TICKET?

You will be required to present your printed or e-mailed confirmation ticket.

SINCE I AM IN MY VEHICLE, WILL I BE ALLOWED TO SMOKE?

Smoking of any kind is not allowed on Zoo grounds. We reserve the right to escort guests off of Zoo grounds if they are found to be disregarding Zoo policies.

WILL I BE ALLOWED TO BRING ALCOHOL?

Alcohol is not allowed. We reserve the right to escort guests off of Zoo grounds if they are found to be disregarding Zoo policies.

AM I ALLOWED TO TAKE VIDEO OR PHOTOGRAPHY?

Yes – in fact it is encouraged! We ask that you share your favorite photos and videos on social media and use #MNZooDriveThru and tag @mnzoo. We do ask that you remain within your vehicle at all times.

ARE PETS ALLOWED?

No, pets are not permitted on the Minnesota Zoo premises, even in vehicles, for the safety of Zoo animals.

CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD AND DRINK?

Yes.  Please do not feed the animals and keep all trash within your vehicle until you can properly dispose of it.

IS THERE A PLACE WHERE WE CAN EAT A PICNIC LUNCH?

No. This is a “stay in your car experience.” You may enjoy your snacks and drinks in your vehicle.

WILL I BE ABLE TO USE THE RESTROOM DURING THE TOUR?

Please use the restroom before your visit as there is no access to Zoo Buildings. We do offer port-a-potties in the queuing area for emergency use.

CAN WE DRIVE THROUGH IN A CONVERTIBLE OR A JEEP WITH THE TOP DOWN?

Yes, you may. However, Jeeps must have their doors on. For your safety windows must be up during check-in process; doors closed at all times. All persons must be seated in the vehicle if the top is down.

CAN WE RIDE IN THE BED OF A PICKUP TRUCK?

No. Passengers must remain seated within the cab of the vehicle at all times during the drive-thru tour.

ONCE WE EXIT THE ZOO, CAN WE COME BACK THE SAME DAY?

Guests may not return after exiting the Zoo on the same day without paying admission again. Tickets expire once guests exit the Zoo. Tickets can be purchased at www.mnzoo.org/beastlyboulevard

ARE THERE DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE?

Members receive a 50% discount on Beastly Boulevard ticket fees. No other discounts or passes apply.

WILL WE BE ABLE TO FEED OR PET ANY OF THE ANIMALS?

No. Guests are not permitted to leave their vehicle or feed any of the animals during the Beastly Boulevard experience. We reserve the right to escort guests off of Zoo grounds if they are found to be in non-compliance of our policies.

WHAT IF THE WEATHER ISN'T GREAT?

This is a rain or shine event. However, in the event severe weather prohibits safe operation of Beastly Boulevard, we will work with you to reschedule your tickets for an alternative date.

WHAT IF IT IS HARD TO SEE SOME OF THE ANIMALS?

We have taken extra measures to improve animal viewing vantage points from your car. However, animals have large habitats and have the choice of moving freely within those habitats. To enhance your drive-thru experience, we have videos of our animals available to view.

CAN I GET A REFUND IF I DO NOT SHOW UP FOR MY SCHEDULED TOUR?

Beastly Boulevard event tickets are non-refundable and not transferable. Tickets are valid for admission only for the date and time selected.

WHEN WILL THE ZOO RE-OPEN?

All reopening decisions are being made with health and safety as our top priority, and in alignment with the state. We expect to have an exciting announcement soon. Keep an eye on our social media channels and website over these next few weeks.

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