Open 10am-4pm
Online Tickets Required

Plan a Visit

Online timed tickets are required. For the best guest experience, Minnesota Zoo will be limiting the number of visitors per day. Online tickets are required for all guests, including Minnesota Zoo members (free) and children two and under (free). Per CDC guidance, and for the safety of our guests and animals, masks are required indoors and for all onsite education programs. Masks are not required outdoors.

Help Protect Our Community and Animals

Please do not visit the Zoo if you are sick, have COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosis, or have been exposed to someone with symptoms within the last 14 days. See our FAQs for more information.

Admission and Parking

General Admission



Children ages 2 and younger



Children ages 3-12



Adults ages 13-64



Seniors 65+



Additional Charges


Car or van $7.00
Bus or motor coach $10.00
Free for Minnesota Zoo members

Stroller Rental*:

Single $5.00
Double $8.00

Minnesota Zoo Changes

Entry: Guests will enter through the Lower South entry for ticket scanning. Upon entry, guests can directly access all outdoor trails or visit the indoor trails first.

Parking: A parking fee is applied to non-member tickets at the time of purchase.

Maps: Maps are displayed throughout the Zoo grounds, however printed maps will not be available to guests. A digital map outlining the trails is available for you to print.

Purchases: If making purchases from our food or retail partners, please plan to pay with a credit card.

Programs: To ensure the safety of our guests, staff, and animals, the Zoo is not currently hosting daily live animal programming, including Close Encounters and Wings Financial World of Birds Show.

Interactive Experiences: To ensure safety for all, high-touch interactive displays have been removed or closed. Feeding and touching of animals is currently limited. The Discovery Bay tide pool and estuary is now open on a limited basis and with additional safety measures in place.

Play Areas: The indoor Bee Hive is open. The Splash Pad, Hanifl Family Wild Woods, Woodland Adventure and the Conservation Carousel are closed for the season.

Gift Shop: Our gift shops are open! Guests are asked to maintain social distancing practices while visiting.

Food & Beverage: Food options are available throughout your visit. Please call 952.431.9200 for details on availability. If the food selection does not meet your needs, please plan to pack a snack that you can eat on the go.

Public Transportation: The Minnesota Zoo is serviced by the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority (MVTA) bus line. With the launch of the new Red Line bus service, routes to the Zoo have changed. You can connect the Red Line at the Mall of America to the Cedar Grove Transit Station and take a connecting bus (Route 440) to the Zoo. This service is offered seven days a week, on the hour. Please contact the MVTA for bus routes and time at 612-373-3333, or visit and use the Trip Planner.

Minnesota Zoo Map

Interested in how your visit to the Minnesota Zoo will look?
Make your trip to the Zoo easy by printing out this map, or download it to use on your mobile device.

Keeping You Safe

Everyday Safety

Staff complete a wellness check every day before entering Zoo property.

Increased cleaning protocols have been implemented in public spaces and high-touch areas throughout the Zoo.

Advanced online reservations allow for an even flow of guests throughout the day, giving you room to explore.

Online ticket sales allow the Zoo to minimize guest contact with cashiers. Simply have your ticket scanned and then enjoy the Zoo.

Zoo employees have been provided with guidance on individual health and safety measures and will receive updates as new information becomes available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Minnesota Department of Health.

During Your Visit

In addition to requiring guests age 3 and above to wear a face covering when visiting our indoor areas, per CDC guidelines, social distancing reminders placed along the trails, as well as hygiene reminders in restrooms, will help guests maintain a healthy distance from others. Masks are not required when visiting our outdoor trails.

Staff and volunteers are positioned throughout the Zoo to assist and answer questions.

Restrooms and hand sanitizing stations are located throughout the Zoo grounds.

We are regularly cleaning surfaces that you might need to touch throughout your visit, such as handrails.

Seating in restaurant areas allows for distancing, while restaurant menu items and amenities have been streamlined for safety.

Many high touch interactive exhibits have been modified, removed, or have restricted access for safety.

Additional barriers have been installed at certain animal habitats to ensure they can maintain a safe distance from guests.

Keeping Our Animals Safe

There have been documented cases of humans transmitting COVID-19 to animals. Various measures have been taken based on the latest scientific research to protect those animals most at risk for contracting the disease. In many cases, the best practices are still being developed, and the Zoo is erring on the side of caution to protect the animals in our care.

All Zoo staff working indoors and/or within six feet of an animal will wear a face covering and additional protective gear when appropriate.

Additional barriers installed around some mammal habitats, including primate and cat species.

No animal viewing in some small building structures, such as the pig and goat barns. These animals can be viewed from outdoors.

No feeding or touching of any animals is allowed.

No live programming or demonstrations, such as Close Encounters or the Wings Financial World of Birds Show, will be offered at this time.

Minnesota Zoo Reopening FAQs

Do I need to purchase my ticket in advance?

Yes. In order to ensure the best Zoo experience and limit waits on entry, we are implementing timed ticketing. All tickets must be reserved ahead of time online. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for other dates and times.

I’m a member, do I need to get tickets in advance?

Membership includes the cost of admission to the Minnesota Zoo. However, to help create an enjoyable experience and allow ample room to explore, tickets must be reserved ahead of time online for a specified date and time for each person in your party, and adult cardholders must show their membership card and photo identification when they check in. If members are unable to attend their reserved entry time, please notify the Zoo at 952-431-9200.

Can I buy tickets for a group?

For schools/youth field trip registration and pricing, please visit our Plan A Field Trip Page.

For all other groups, please visit our Groups Page.


Are face coverings required?

Per CDC guidance, and for the safety of our community and animals, all guests age 3 and up are required to wear a face covering when visiting our indoor areas. Face coverings are not required when visiting our outdoor trails.

For the safety of our animals, there is no mask exemption for people with disabilities when visiting the Tropics and Minnesota Trails. If you are unable to wear a mask because of a disability, please obtain a wristband from the staff at the entrance for an exemption when visiting the other indoor areas of the Zoo. Masks are optional outdoors.

When should I arrive?

Please arrive within a half hour of the time printed on your admission ticket. Timed entry helps prevent crowding and ensures enough space for all guests to enjoy their visit.

How will I know where to go?

Signs, as well as occasional staff and volunteers, will guide you along the trails throughout the Zoo. You can also print a map of the trails here.

Will there be live animal programming and demonstrations?

The Minnesota Zoo prioritizes the safety of all guests, staff, and animals. The Zoo will be working over the next year to build back programming opportunities and re-acclimate our Ambassador Animals to guests. Until that time, we are thrilled to be welcoming you back for an opportunity to create your own unique experiences and connections with our animals and the natural world.  

Are the playgrounds, splash pad, and carousel open?

Hanifl Family Wild Woods, Woodland Adventure, the splash pad and the carousel are closed for the season.

Are restaurants open?

A limited food menu will be available at the Call of the Wild indoor restaurant, as well as an assortment of offerings at various carts throughout Zoo grounds (weather dependent). Vending machine snacks and beverages will also be available throughout the Zoo. If the limited food selection does not meet your needs, please plan to pack a snack that you can eat on the go.

Are stroller and scooters (ECVs- Electric Conveyance Vehicles) still available to rent?

For sanitary reasons, please plan to bring your own stroller. A small amount of strollers will be available for rent on a first come, first served basis. ECVs will also be available for rent on a first come, first served basis. Please plan to pay for any rentals with a credit card.

What if the weather isn’t great?

The Minnesota Zoo is open rain or shine. However, in the event that the Zoo determines a severe weather evacuation is necessary, we will work with you to reschedule your tickets for an alternative date. 

Can I apply my admission ticket towards a Membership?

Yes, you may apply your daily tickets to a membership the same day as your visit. Please call 952.431.9200 for assistance. 

Will I be able to feed or pet any of the animals?

For the safety of our animals, guests are not allowed to feed or pet any animals. This includes the touch pools in Discovery Bay and the Wells Fargo Family Farm animals. 

Can I use discounted tickets, coupons, and other special ticket offers for admission?

At this time, we are not able to accept any coupons, group discounts or general discounts presented to companies or other organizations, including reciprocal zoos. If you have a complimentary ticket and would like to use to reserve your visit, please follow the instructions here.

Can I exchange or transfer my ticket for a different date or time?

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

I previously received a complimentary paper ticket. How can I use it?

Click here to complete an online form to reserve your date and time slot at least one week in advance of your planned visit. Admittance is not guaranteed due to limited capacity.

Can I still visit the Zoo if I qualify for the Free to Explore program?

Yes, the program will cover your visit. Advanced reservations by phone are required and a parking fee will be charged at the time of your reservation. Click here for more information.

What happens if someone is not following social distancing guidelines during my visit?

Minnesota Zoo staff will be stationed throughout the Zoo to help you enjoy your visit. If you have any concerns or questions, please let a staff member know. 

I have a Good Any Day Ticket. How can I use it?

Click here to complete an online form to reserve your date and time slot using your Good Any Day ticket(s). Must be completed one week in advance of your planned visit. Admittance is not guaranteed due to limited capacities.

Exclusive Early Access for Members

Zoo members can make a reservation for either 9am or 9:30am any day of the week and wake up with the Zoo. During this special hour, animals will begin getting ready for their day by moving from their behind-the-scenes habitat into their public ones. Some animals are more active in the morning than others, so you may not see everyone- but this hour is a perfect opportunity for you to enjoy a quiet escape into the natural beauty and wonder of the Zoo. Reservations required in advance due to limited capacities.

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