Animals, Parks and Amusements

Animals and Parks

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul (4.8 miles)
651-487-8200 or 651-487-8201

Harriet Island Regional Park
Harriet Island, St. Paul (1 mile)
It's our own 'island getaway,' and it's right in the heart of downtown Saint Paul. Thousands of picnics and special events have taken place in this historic park that was once a real island. But this year, the biggest party of them all is happening over the Fourth of July weekend - it's the Taste of Minnesota. Check out the history of Harriet Island.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
3675 Arboretum Drive, Chaska (31.6 miles)
Listed as one of the ten best gardens in America by USA today, the Arboretum is home to 1,000 acres of rolling hills featuring specialty gardens and plant collections, woodlands, wetlands and prairies. Miles of hiking and cross-country ski trails. Terrace restaurant, gift shop, conservatory and internationally acclaimed reference library.

Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Boulevard, Apple Valley (16.8 miles)
800-366-7811Located just minutes south of Mall of America, and harboring 500 rolling wooded acres, the zoo is home to a lush tropical forest and aviary, a marine center, boreal forest, tundra and a family farm. With more than 3,000 animals representing over 400 species, you're bound for a new adventure on every visit.

SEA LIFE Minnesota, Mall of America
120 East Broadway, Bloomington (13.2 miles)
Underneath the Mall of America you will find 1.2 million gallons of fun! Fun for the whole family! See over 4,500 exotic sea creatures, touch real sharks and stingrays and take the "plunge" virtual submarine roller-coaster ride. We offer a Saint Paul FUN PASS special deal. The Saint Paul FUN PASS is your "pass" to great savings, attractions, dining and shopping in Saint Paul.


Canterbury Park Racetrack
1100 Canterbury Road, Shakopee (27.7 miles)
(800) 340-6361
Features live summer horse racing, year-round simulcast racing, and a deluxe, 24-hour Card Club dealing a variety of poker and casino card games found no where else in Minnesota, including Texas Hold'em. Pow Gow Poker, Let it Ride, Carribbean Stud and Minnesota 21. 

Nickelodeon Universe, Mall of America
5000 Center Court, Bloomington

Located in Mall of America, Nickelodeon Universe is the nation's largest indoor theme park featuring 23 rides and attractions, seven shops, six places to eat, entertainment stages and 30,000 live plants all under 1.2 miles of skylights. Admission is free, guests pay per ride or attraction. Private facilities available for a up to 500 people.

Valleyfair Family Amusement Park
One Valleyfair Drive, Shakopee (26.8 miles)
952-445-7600 or 800-FUN-RIDE
Valleyfair Family Amusement Park, located in Shakopee, Minnesota, is the Upper Midwest's premier summer destination. Valleyfair offers more than 75 rides and attractions; including five thrilling roller coasters, family rides and great live entertainment. Valleyfair also features Berenstain Bear Country and Whitewater Country Waterpark (included in the price of admission).