Escape the cold, get a taste of the tropics, and visit Minnesota’s two biggest indoor sandboxes at the Minnesota Zoo! The Tropical Beach Party runs through March 10th, and thanks to a partnership with Children’s Theatre Company, you can save 25% on daily admission tickets with coupon code CTC2019.
Please note that this discount is not available online – you’ll need to buy your tickets at the gate. It’s also not valid with any other discounts. Tickets are regularly priced at $18/adult, $12/child (3-12), $12/senior (65+), and free for children 2 and under. Also, keep in mind that the Zoo requires one parking pass per vehicle ($7/car).
The Minnesota Zoo encourages you to wear what you would to the beach and BYOP (Bring Your Own Pail). Any appropriate beach toys are welcome. Check the FAQs for more information.
TWO LARGE INDOOR SANDBOXES
Tropical Beach Party is home to Minnesota’s largest indoor sandboxes, using a total of 34 tons of sand to fill both sandboxes. Located on our Tropics Trail and in Discovery Bay, both sandboxes will provide family fun for everyone. Bring your pail or favorite sandbox toy for maximum beach fun!
Large indoor sandbox – Tropics Plaza and Discovery Bay
Family activity – Discovery Bay 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sea turtle story time – Bee Hive 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Incredible Creatures – Discovery Bay Stadium 10:30 a.m.
Tropical Reef Dive Show – Tropics Trail 10:30 a.m.
Hawaiian Monk Seal Demo – Discovery Bay Stadium at 12:00 & 2:00 p.m.
Sea turtle tote bags (While supplies last)
ANIMAL CLOSE ENCOUNTERS
Special animal enrichment and training demonstrations are emphasized during Close Encounters, providing guests with one-on-one opportunities to interact with our zookeepers and observe, or even touch, our wildlife.
HELP US SAVE TURTLES
Our trash in Minnesota can end up in oceans and other waterways. There, sea turtles and other wildlife may confuse plastic bags with food. Be part of the solution by choosing a reusable shopping bag. Learn more about sea turtles and saving wildlife at Tropical Beach Party.
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