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America's Most-Visited Zoos

America's Most-Visited Zoos: Minnesota

Courtesy of Minnesota Zoological Gardens Staff

No. 16 Minnesota Zoological Garden, Apple Valley, MN

Annual Visitors: 1,338,581

At Russia’s Grizzly Coast, one of the Minnesota Zoo’s most popular exhibits, you can experience that country’s rugged wilderness without flying halfway around the world. Walk through a sea cave and catch otters swimming by. Then, stroll past billowing steam vents, bubbling mud pots, and an erupting geyser before heading into a lava tube and coming face-to-face with grizzlies. Three new bears will join the zoo in 2013 at the Medtronic Minnesota Trail, which features animals native to the state.

Children 0–2, free; ages 3–12, $12; ages 13–64, $18; ages 65 and up, $12; mnzoo.com.

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