America's Most-Visited Zoos
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.