Minnesota Zoo Apple Valley Reviews
Out-of-the-way, but very much worth visiting Sep 25, 2015
Located in the suburban town of Apple Valley, the Minnesota Zoo can be a challenge to get to, but doable by public transportation. There are different ways to get there by bus and/or Light Rail, but it would be too extensive to mention it here.
This zoo does not have a large collection. It does not have the usual animals that almost every other big zoo has, like giraffes, gorillas and lions. And as mentioned before, out of the way from the Twin Cities. Despite all this, the Minnesota Zoo is one that should not be missed at all!
Why is that? For starters, it does not feel like a typical zoo, but more like a park, as the enclosures seem to be huge. Let’s start with the outdoor exhibition parts, like Russia’s Grizzly Coast and the Northern Trail. Seeing these parts, the animals on display, are mainly ones that can adapt to cold weather really well. Considering the Minnesota winters, this is a plus. Animals include moose and not squirrel (sorry I could not resist), but does have brown bears and Amur tigers. The tigers can be seen from 2 different sides, which include Tiger Base Camp and Tiger Liar.
The Wells Fargo Family Farm is located at the far end of the zoo, and has farm animals. Probably the best of its kind that I ever saw, as it does have the farm animals, but also some displays on farming in the US itself. And the area being a replica of being on a farm. While out of the way from everything else, it is definitely worth the detour.
There are some indoor exhibitions as well. While Discovery Bay is nothing special, basically being a small aquarium, Tropic Trail is definitely worth the time, being a walkthrough the different tropical regions around the world, with the animals grouped accordingly. A variety of colorful birds, along with some primates and reptiles as well. Just the environment around it, makes it really worthwhile.
Plus there is the more local focus, the Medtronic Minnesota Trail. This part has animals like the coyote, puma, bald eagle, and other animals that could be found in the state. Also worthwhile!
The Minnesota Zoo has a more natural setting, which makes this place more enjoyable to walk around, as the animals seem to live in enclosures that have more space and makes it feel more like a natural park than an actual zoo. And maybe its out-of-the-way location is a blessing in disguise. I would give this zoo, 5 stars out of 5.
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