Group Visits

Groups booking within 2 weeks of arrival, please call for availability.

The Minnesota Zoo welcomes groups of 15 or more with multiple group ticket programs. We offer group rates for daytime zoo admission, and for select evening special events. Reservations are required 2 weeks in advance to guarantee group rates and benefits. Groups may have the option to reserve and hold tickets unpaid, which can adjusted closer to arrival at the zoo. Groups that book tickets within 2 weeks of their arrival are required to pay in full when the reservation is made.

The following groups are eligible for our group rate:

Groups comprised of 15 or more people that do not qualify as a youth/school group.

• Tour Operators
• Adult Groups
• Senior Groups
• Corporate Groups
• Community and Large Family Groups
• Groups that don’t fall into other categories
• Free to Explore Groups (see below for additional information)

Choose between our regular Group Rates or our new flexible Anytime tickets!

Group Rates
Adults $17
Children (3-12 yrs) $12
Adults (65+) $12
Parking $8 car/van
Bus Parking $12

Group rate tickets are designed for groups arriving and entering the zoo together. No printed tickets are issued, you check-in from a list of groups.

Email [email protected] or call 952-431-9585 to reserve your group or questions.

Anytime Group Tickets

$20 per person. Valid for adult, child, or Adults 65+ admission and includes parking. Anytime tickets are valid for zoo admission on any date until the end of the year.

Anytime tickets are a great flexible option for groups that arrive independently and enter the zoo a different times or even different dates. Anytime Tickets are printed paper tickets.

Zoobucks are a popular add-on for groups wanting to include a meal or snack or something from our gift shop. Zoobucks are available in $1, $5, and $10 denominations.

Contact Minnesota Zoo Group Sales to reserve Group Tickets, purchase Anytime tickets, Zoobucks or questions at 952-431-9585 or email [email protected]

Special Events

The Minnesota Zoo offers multiple seasonal evening special events including Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, Wild Nights summer festival series and Zoo After Hours for adults. Contact [email protected] or call 952-431-9585 for details on hosting your group (15+) for these fun-filled special events.

Free To Explore Groups

Groups may be eligible to participate in the Free to Explore admission program if the organization is Minnesota based and all attendees qualify for the programs listed on the Free to Explore webpage, click here for full list.

- Free to Explore group visits are only available Tuesday – Thursday and are limited to a maximum of 50 total people.
- Free to Explore groups visits must be reserved at least 2 weeks in advance.
- Free to Explore does not cover zoo parking or fees for any special programs, events, or exhibits. Zoo parking is $8 or buses are $12.
- The Free to Explore program is not available for use by daycare or school groups. To qualify for Free to Explore admission, children must be accompanied to the zoo by their parent/guardian.
- PCA’s are free, any additional non-qualifying staff and attendees pay regular admission.
- Check-in and or proof of organization/document verification may be asked for attendees.

For Free to Explore groups larger than 11 people or questions please email [email protected].

Contact Minnesota Zoo Group Sales to reserve Group Tickets, purchase Anytime tickets or questions at 952-431-9585 or email [email protected]

Looking for personalized assistance?

Appointments are available with our helpful Minnesota Zoo Group Sales staff. We will showcase why the zoo makes a great destination for your group and consult with you to match your needs with one of our group multiple group ticket programs.

Contact Minnesota Zoo Group Sales at [email protected] to learn more or to schedule an appointment today!

Frequently Asked Questions

How large can our group be?

Currently, the zoo is able to accommodate group reservations from 15 to several thousand people. If you have 15 or more people call us at 952-431-9585.

How do I book a group reservation?

All group reservations must be made 2 weeks or more in advance. Please call 952-431-9585 (Tuesday – Saturday from 8:30am-5pm) to reserve or questions.

What times can our group visit?

Group reservations can be made during regular Zoo hours, from 10 am to 4 pm (or 6 pm in the summer).

Are chaperones needed for groups with children?

We recommend one adult chaperone for every five kids (13 and younger).

Are group meals and dining space available?

Reserved indoor private dining spaces are not available currently. Groups are welcome to visit our multiple retail foodservice outlets including, the Call of the Wild food court. Groups may also purchase Zoobucks (1$ and 5$ increments), which can be redeemed at any onsite daytime retail food outlet or gift shop. Groups may also bring their own bag lunches, with outdoor and indoor picnic tables throughout the Zoo. The Call of the Wild food court dining tables are only available for groups that purchase food within the Call of the Wild. Call 952-431-9200 for details on food and beverage options at the Minnesota Zoo.

Can I book a group using the Free to Explore program?

Yes – those who qualify can make Free to Explore group reservations. Click here to learn more about our Free to Explore program and how to make an advanced online reservation.

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