Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I find the zoo?
A: Here are some directions to the Lake Superior Zoo:
From Canal Park/Downtown/North:
Get on I-35 S and follow it to MN-23 W/Grand Ave (Exit 251B – left exit). Continue 1 mile to 2nd set of lights (71st Ave W). Take a Right. Zoo is located 1 block on the left.
From Wisconsin:
Enter MN via the Blatnik or Bong Bridge. Get on I-35 S and follow it to MN-23 W/Grand Ave (Exit 251B – left exit). Continue 1 mile to 2nd set of lights (71st  Ave W). Take a Right. Zoo is located 1 block on the left.
From the South:
Take I-35 N to Cody Street (Exit 251A- right exit). Continue on this long exit to 59th Ave W. Take a right. Go ½ mile to MN-23/Grand Ave. Take a right and continue 1 mile to 2nd set of lights (71st Ave W). Take a Right. Zoo is located 1 block on the left.
On Your Smart Phone or GPS:
Type in our address: “7210 Fremont St, Duluth, MN 55807”

Q: How much does it cost to park at the zoo?
A: The parking is FREE!

Q: I am a member of the Minnesota Zoo/Great Lakes Aquarium/Duluth Children’s Museum.  Do I get a discount on admission?
A: Yes. Members of the Minnesota Zoo and the Great Lakes Aquarium receive a 50% discount on our regular admission prices, but not on special events, such as Boo at the Zoo.

Q: Can we bring/have a picnic at the zoo and bring our own food?
A: Yes. Please keep in mind that we do not allow straws at the zoo because it is a choking hazard for our animals. We encourage you to bring reusable containers for your food and drink. Fairmont Park, located directly adjacent to the zoo’s parking lot is also a great picnic spot.

Q: Are you open in the winter?
A: Yes! The zoo is open all year. Between November 1 and March 31 we are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We are also closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Winter is a great season to visit the zoo because many of our large carnivores are more active when it’s cold.

Q: Don’t the animals get cold in the winter?
A: Most of our animals are well-suited for Minnesota winters. They have large heated rocks in their exhibits and access to their holding areas. Our animals that are not well-adapted to winter, such as our red kangaroo, are housed indoors.

Q: Will we be able to pet any of the animals?
A: There is a good chance you will. Our barnyard is a great place to get “up close and personal” with some of our animals. Also, we frequently have a docent in our Griggs Learning Center who can introduce you to some of our education animals.

Q: Are there hiking trails at the zoo?
A: The zoo has a short hiking trail that leads to a very scenic overlook of Kingsbury Creek’s waterfalls. Just outside the zoo there is a hiking trail from Fairmont Park, with others nearby. For more information visit the Superior Hiking Trail’s website: http://www.shta.org/Trail/Duluth.php

Q: Can we bike to the zoo?
A: Yes. We recommend using the Willard Munger State Trail. For more information visit the MN Department of Natural Resources website: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/willard_munger/index.html

Q: Can I bring my dog with me to the zoo? 
A: Pets are not allowed on zoo grounds. Only service animals, as permitted by law, are allowed.

Q: Why don’t you have polar bears anymore?
A: On June 20, 2012 the Lake Superior Zoo, along with the rest of the Northland, experienced a devastating flood. The zoo’s Polar Shores exhibit was severely damaged and was subsequently closed. The animals have been relocated to other accredited zoos.

Q: What’s going to happen to the empty Polar Shores exhibit? Will you be bringing back polar bears?
A: Over the next few years, we will be fundraising for a project that will transform the former Polar Shores exhibit into a new exhibit for brown or grizzly bear. This expansive enclosure will provide up close bear-viewing, dirt for digging, a pool for lounging in, and large habitat structures for a very natural feel for our new bears. For more about future plans for the zoo, please see the Future Planning page.