Plan a Visit

The Minnesota Zoo is open and we look forward to welcoming our members and guests back! We have stringent measures in place to create a safe and enriching experience for you, our staff and volunteers, and our animals.

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.

Admission and Parking

General Admission

Non-Members

Members

Children ages 2 and younger

Free

Free

Children ages 3-12

$13.95

Free

Adults ages 13-64

$19.95

Free

Seniors 65+

$13.95

Free

Additional Charges

Parking:

Car or van $7.00
Bus or motor coach $10.00

Stroller Rental*:

Single $5.00
Double $8.00

Minnesota Zoo Changes

Hours: The Minnesota Zoo is open daily from 10am– 4pm.

Ticketing: All guests must purchase or reserve tickets online ahead of time for the selected date and time. Reservations may be made up to 30 days in advance. Guests will enter through the outdoor East ticketing booth and present their ticket for scanning.

Members: Members must also reserve tickets online ahead of time for the selected date and time. When checking in for your visit, please be prepared to show your membership card and photo identification for all adult cardholders.

Entry: Guests will enter through the East ticketing gate and start out in the Tropics Building. The indoor trails are optional, but guests will briefly travel down the indoor ramp and hallway in order to access the outdoor trails.

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 one-way route is available for you to print here.

Purchases: If making purchases from our food or retail partners, please plan to pay with a credit card. Zoo tickets are not available for purchase on site at the Zoo.

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. No feeding or touching of animals is allowed, including the Discovery Bay tide pool and estuary, and goat feeding at the Wells Fargo Family Farm.

Play Areas: Indoor and outdoor play areas are closed, including the Splash Pad, Bee Hive, Woodland Adventure, Hanifl Family Wild Woods, and the Conservation Carousel.

Gift Shop: Limited entry is allowed at select gift shop locations and guests are required to maintain social distancing practices while visiting.

Food & Beverage: A limited food menu will be available at the outdoor Grizzly Coast Café (weather dependent). Vending machine snacks and beverages will also be available throughout the Zoo. Tables and chairs adjacent to the outdoor café are reserved for those placing orders from the café. If the limited food selection does not meet your needs, please plan to pack a snack that you can eat on the go.

Public Transportation: Metro Transit bus service is now running and dropping off at a new temporary stop near the East Parking Lot. The bus does not currently pick up at the shelter in front of the Lower South Entry. For bus schedules and information, call 612.373.3333 or visit mvta.com.

Directional Flow

Interested in how your visit to the Minnesota Zoo will look?
We have developed circulation paths that will guide guests through the entire Zoo. You can see how guests will move through the zoo by using this map.

Safety Precautions

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.

Zoo capacity is limited to prevent crowding and allow guests room to explore.

Timed entry allows for an even flow of guests throughout the day.

Advanced online tickets and no walk up ticket sales allows the Zoo to minimize guest contact with cashiers.

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, social distancing reminders placed along the trails, as well as hygiene reminders in restrooms, will help guests maintain a healthy distance from others.

We have implemented one-way routes on indoor and outdoor trails. Staff are positioned along the route 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.

Whenever possible, doors that aren’t automatic have been propped to minimize contact.

The gift shop has a capacity limit and has removed some of its most highly touched merchandise.

Outdoor seating in restaurant areas has been reduced and distanced, 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 several 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.

The following changes have been made:

All Zoo staff working in animal areas 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 small building structures, such as the pig barn or Dhole yurt. 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 safety of all guests, we are limiting capacity and implementing timed ticketing. All tickets must be reserved ahead of time online. Reservations may be made up to 30 days in advance. 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, tickets must be reserved ahead of time online for a specified date and time, and adult cardholders must show their membership card and photo identification when they check in. Reservations may be made up to 30 days in advance. If members are unable to attend their reserved entry time, please notify the Zoo at 952-431-9200. 

 

 

Are face coverings required?

All guests age 3 and up are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth. Face coverings must be secure when visiting the indoor trails. Face coverings can be removed while eating and drinking outdoors away from other guests.

When should I arrive?

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

How will I know where to go?

Signs and barriers, as well as occasional staff, will guide you along the one-way route throughout the Zoo. You can also print a map of the route here

Will there be live animal programming and demonstrations?

The Minnesota Zoo prioritizes the safety of all guests, staff, and animals. At this time we are unable to host public live animal programming. 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 restaurants open?

A limited food menu will be available at the outdoor Grizzly Coast Cafe and Carousel Cart, 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. We plan to open additional food locations as soon as it is safe to do so. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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 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. 

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.

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.

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