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From journal Monkey Time at the Minnesota Zoo
November 12, 2005
We thoroughly enjoyed spending the day at the zoo. There are lots of indoor animals that are native to Minnesota and many that are not. The gibbons were so fun to watch that we went back before we left. I recommend going on a nice day, as there are many outdoor animals as well. Be sure to pick up a map - but don't be fooled by how long the outdoor trail looks, as the walk is actually fairly short. Try to go early in the day, as the zoo is only open to 4pm or 6pm (depending on the day of the week and time of the year).
If you search travel sites, you can find coupons to save some money. The zoo is located a short drive south of the Mall of America and is not hard to find if you have a map.
From journal Week in Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
August 3, 2005
The Minnesota Zoo is easily the largest zoo in… well, in Minnesota. Consisting of five themed areas, the zoo is about 20 minutes south of Minneapolis.
General Info: The zoo is open 363 days a year, closing only on Christmas and Thanksgiving. Summer hours are 9am to 6pm, and off-season hours are 9am to 4pm. Parking is $5/car. The Minnesota Zoo has an attached IMAX theater, and tickets are discounted with zoo admission.
The zoo has a monorail and several spots to eat. The food court offers many options, and the Zoo Café has coffee and snacks. There is a well-stocked gift shop, with items ranging from T-shirts to stuffed animals to glassware.
The Exhibits: The zoo is sectioned off into five areas: the Northern Trail, the Family Farm, the Tropics Trail, Discovery Bay, and the Minnesota Trail. They are along a nice semicircular walking path, so there is no need to double back – unless you want to see the animals again!
Northern Trail - This area highlights animals native to cold, but not Minnesota. Here you’ll find tigers, caribou, and moose. Surprisingly, the moose are rather friendly, and you can often find them grazing near the fence.
Family Farm - This part of the zoo is probably the coolest for kids. The Minnesota Zoo staff has created a typical farm, complete with a big red barn and grain elevator. This is where you can get close to many farm animals, sheep, goats, and cows included. Parents don’t have to worry, though, as there are hand-washing stations around.
Tropics Trail - This is where the fun animals begin. The Tropics Trail hosts the unusual animals, like lemurs, kangaroos, and different monkey species. This area is all indoors, making it a hotspot in winter. The space itself is cool, a winding stone trail through trees and rocks.
Discovery Bay - Here is where you will find the sea life at the zoo. There are dolphins, sharks, stingrays, and many other fish inside. The zoo has created an open shark tank that allows you to reach in and touch them – very cool for kids! Discovery Bay is where the dolphin show is hosted, and it runs at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm every day.
Minnesota Trail - This is the most boring exhibit of the five, at least for local visitors. Native animals found at the zoo include wolverines, otters, rabbits, and flying squirrels. The nice part of the Minnesota Trail is that the animals are active regardless of the weather.
After you are finished with all of the exhibits, stop back in the visitor center. There is a small interactive section for children inside. Here they can hold rabbits and snakes and learn many interesting animal facts. The zoo also hosts special events in the visitor center throughout the year. Visit the Minnesota Zoo website for events and comprehensive information.
From journal Minneapolis: Ignore the Weather - It's Fun Here!
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
February 7, 2001
From journal Minnesota Nice