Dinosaurs! At The Minnesota Zoo

Have you been to the Minnesota Zoo lately? We have a membership, but haven’t been since Mother’s Day (when Jason gave me my new wedding ring). I’ve been hearing lots of good things about their Dinosaur exhibit, so yesterday Levi and I went down to Apple Valley to check it out.

Talk about cool! I was a little leery of the extra admission charge for the exhibit, but now I see that it’s totally worth it. As soon as you approach the entrance, you know you’re in for a treat.

Dinosaurs Entrance

The dinosaur you see from the front entrance isn’t just a head sticking up – it’s a whole giant animal!

Dinosaur From Entrance

There are 15 giant animatronic dinosaurs in the exhibit. This guy was one of my favorites.

Dinosaur 1

I couldn’t resist a photo opp with Levi.

Levi Dinosaur Pose

He was a little nervous and wanted to be held the entire time, especially when the dinosaurs made noise. The one that scared him the most was the enormous T-rex.

Dinosaurs T Rex

Poor guy didn’t like it at all when T-rex roared.

Scared of dinosaurs

You’d never guess that he happily waved buh-bye to the T-rex as soon as we walked by, lol.

I think the exhibit is great, and I’m hoping we have time to go back before it closes so Jason can come with us. I think Levi might warm up to it better the second time around, too.

One word of caution if you have little ones – the noise isn’t really that loud, but there is one graphic dino that might scare youngsters. I was a little unhappy that there wasn’t an alternate walkway to skip this guy.

Dinosaurs Graphic

Don’t get me wrong, I know that this depicts a natural act, since plenty of dinosaurs were carnivores, but I’d prefer that my almost 2-year old didn’t have to see it.

Luckily, Levi was too busy hugging me from hearing the T-rex roar so he didn’t really notice these guys. Considering this was the only one that showed the dinosaurs eating, I didn’t think it was that bad overall, just something to be aware of if you have kids that get scared easily. Most of the older kids I saw seemed to think it was really cool 🙂

The Dinosaurs! exhibit runs through September 3rd at the Minnesota Zoo. If you’re looking for other great Minnesota attractions, you can find plenty of things to do with your family at Explore Minnesota.


  1. Alisa Baker says:

    My daughter got to see these dinosaurs when she stayed with her cousin in Madison. What fun.

  2. That’s sounds like fun! I wonder if they have anything like that in our area.

  3. Millie Rojas says:

    My family and I have never been there. But it looks likes fun. Might have to check it out next time in town.

  4. That is sooo cool I would love to take my son to something like that, he would probably not like the noises from the dinosaurs but they would be fun to look at.

  5. Toni Porter says:

    I want to get to see them so bad! I was fascinated by dinos when I was a little girl.

  6. Wow, Minnesota has a great dinosaur zoo! I do not live in Minnesota, but I would love to see this exhibit! It looks like you and Levi had fun. These dinosaurs looked so real! I would like to vacation in Minnesota and visit this zoo!

  7. Aw it looks like fun! Your little boy is so cute—So sad the t-rex scared him! haha

  8. Azslyn Cole says:

    wow this zoo looks very fun and educational thank you for sharing =}

  9. Wendi Scharrer says:

    My kids would love this. I could see were a little one would be scared.

  10. Chelsea Saulpaugh says:

    I wish I lived nearby. This looks like a really fun exhibit!

  11. Fun – I’ve never been to the Minnesota Zoo, just the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago and the Field Museum to see dinosaur bones!

  12. We were just talking about going to Minnesota again and seeing other sites besides the Mall of America. We have nothing like this on exhibit at our zoo In Madison. I know my grandson would love this, but he is 5 and would probably LOVE the growls and roars:) I can imagine that at 2 was not as fun yet. Thanks for the head’s up on this activity!

  13. Lisa Brown says:

    That last picture would scare any child. Not sure it was really necessary to have that articular carnivorous scene on display. Overall, it looks fun!

  14. Wish I lived closer (WA)….looks like an awesome place. My grandkids would love it!

  15. I wish I lived closer My son loves Dinosaurs this would have been great fun to go too.

  16. I went to an exhibit like this in Florida a while ago. It was soo cool!!

  17. Sounds like you had a great day. My kids would love this!

  18. Ambrielle Bender says:

    Now I want to. Go to Minnesota! Lol

  19. Wow that looks like so much fun! Your comment about T-Rex reminds me of the time we waited 55 minutes at Disney World to see Woody and Jessie from Toy Story. My son was SO EXCITED! And then when we got up to the front, he hid behind me the entire time. Worst picture ever. About 5 minutes later, standing in line at Pirates of the Caribbean, he bragged, “I was so shy back when we met Woody!” Crazy kids.

  20. my 3 year old grandson loves dinosaurs…makes me want to go back to minnesota…was born there!

  21. I absolutely LOVE the Minnesota Zoo. Thanks for the review!

  22. Jayde Ann Shrew says:

    I live in Mn, but haven’t been to the zoo in years, since my kids were younger. looks interesting. J Wresh

  23. Jacqueline Herrick says:

    That exhibit looked cool. It has been a very long time since I have been to the Minnesota Zoo. I grew up in Minnesota, but now live in Iowa. I always liked the Minnesota Zoo, but went to Como much more often for the obvious reason that it is free. 🙂

  24. Joye Rast says:

    My grandson would love this! Wish we something like this in Arizona!

  25. shanon hyatt says:

    Wow! what a awesome place-I wish I would of known about this zoo when my son who is (16 now and not into Dino’s no more) was little he loved dinosaurs. The photos are great looks wonderful.

  26. chelesa sims says:

    Sounds like fun .my kids would love it . We went to Cave City Kentucky and saw dinosaurs similar to this but this sounds so much better.

  27. my granson would absolutely love this! pretty cool stuff, Thanks for writing about it.

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