Minnesota Zoological Gardens

Address

13000 Zoo Blvd. Apple Valley, MN 55124

Phone Number

952-431-9200

Run by

The State of Minnesota

Date Established

1978

Size

1/2 acre under glass

Cost

Entrance fee

Peak Season

Winter

Peak season (notes)

Year-round (The Tropics Trail is especially nice in winter.)

Region

Metro

Garden Type

Glass House and Conservatory

Extras

Free parking lots at Zoo entrance
Food available on premises 
Picnicking 
Accessible 
XC Skiing 
Hiking 
Bird watching – indoors and out 
Zoo – 500 acres to explore

Comments

The section of the Minnesota Zoo called the Tropics Trail houses not only southeast Asian animals from tropical regions of the world, but many plants from these areas as well. This glassed-in portion of the zoo contains full-sized trees and sprawling vines which contribute to a leafy canopy of vegetation. Many plants along the trail are familiar to visitors: ficus benjamina, pothos, sheffleras and philodendrons. In Minnesota these are common house plants. However, at the Tropics Trail at the Minnesota Zoo they are growing in the ground rather than in pots and grow to their full-sized potential. More exotic plants such as bananas, bamboo, screw pines, bird’s nest and staghorn ferns also grow along these paths. Sprinkled in amongst the greenery are orchids. The Minnesota Zoo is, in fact, the designated rescue center for all orchids confiscated by custom’s agents and has received over 60 orchids due to this designation. There is some plant signage scattered within the tropics area.

Minnesota Zoological Gardens
Minnesota Zoological Gardens
Minnesota Zoological Gardens
Minnesota Zoological Gardens
Minnesota Zoological Gardens