A huge state-of-the-art zoo with over 40 acres of habitats housing more than 2,000 creatures of all kinds, the Minnesota Zoo is a fantastic attraction for those travelling with kids in Minneapolis. It features animals from every continent, and an enormous aquarium. Kids can interact with animals in the touch pool and petting zoo, and when the weather is uncooperative the IMAX Theatre is a place to escape. A monorail offers aerial views of many of the habitats, and is a good alternative to the walking trails for those who tire easily. The zoo has a food court and gift shop, and hosts concerts in the summer.
Address: 13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley
Telephone: (952) 431-9200
Opening times: Hours vary according to season. See the website for current times.
Admission: $18 adults, $12 children under 12. IMAX combo tickets available. Parking: $5.