If you live in the Twin Cities and have kids, you have probably been to the Como Zoo and the Minnesota Zoo more times than you can count! If you have an animal lover in your family, expand your animal experiences beyond the zoo!


  • Fawn Doe Rosa Wildlife Education Park (St Croix Falls WI) – Pet deer, sheep, goats, guinea pigs, ponies and more. One of the best hands-on animal experiences around.
  • Wildlife Science Center (Stacy MN) – WSC cares for several species of animals-orphaned, critically endangered, rescued, and captive-born. See these amazing animals up close. Offering public tours every Saturday, with private programs available by appointment.
  • Gale Woods Farm (Minnetrista MN) – Various activities offered throughout the year, such as Saturdays on the Farm. Explore the barn, meet animals, assist with chores and participate in seasonal farm activities.
  • SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary (New Richmond WI) – Though not in the Twin Cities, this one makes the list because it sounds amazing. SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary provides rescue, rehabilitation, and a permanent safe haven to farm animals in need. We haven’t been here yet but can’t wait to make the trip to a farm sanctuary!
  • Reptile & Amphibian Discovery Zoo (Owatonna MN) – An easy drive from the Twin Cities, the RAD zoo is home to over 150 different kinds of reptiles and amphibians. When we visited we found the staff to be extremely kind and good with kids. The hands on experiences were awesome! We touched a crocodile and a giant tortoise!
  • HHH Ranch – Bringing dog sled rides to the Twin Cities. Horse trail rides available Spring through Fall.


  • Safari North Wildlife Park (Brainerd MN) – Safari North is a family friendly environment were you can feed a giraffe or ride a camel and see animals from around the world.
  • Paul Bunyans Animal Land (Bemidji MN) – Animal Land is home to nearly 100 animals representing every continent on earth. Walk among the deer, feed the bears, pet the camels, and learn about each of the amazing creatures in our animal family.
  • National Eagle Center (Wabasha MN) – See resident eagle’s and wild eagles. During the month of March ‘Soar with the Eagle’ festival they offer special programming including hands-on activities with other animals, as well.
  • International Owl Center (Houston MN) The International Owl Center is working to make the world a better place for owls through education and research. Watch as we grow, adding additional owls to our education staff, moving into a temporary home, and finally building our permanent home.
  • North America Bear Center (Ely MN) – Advancing the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears and their relations with humans.
  • International Wolf Center (Ely MN) – Our interpretive center in Ely features expansive observation windows with spectacular views of our resident ambassador wolves as they interact with each other in the natural 1.25-acre wolf enclosure and den site.


  • Govin’s Farm (Menomonie WI) – Spring is an exciting time of the year at Govin’s.  Children of all ages can enjoy seeing lambs nursing and bouncing around their mothers. While you are here you can learning more about these woolly creatures.  It may be possible to witness  the birth of a lamb
  • Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue & Educational Center (Rock Springs WI) – Come enjoy our amazing rescue facility that 30 Big Cats call their sanctuary. Feed your favorite big cat or enjoy your own picnic lunch surrounded by our majestic Big Cat family!
  • Wisconsin Deer Park (Wisconsin Dells WI) –  Kids of all ages get the opportunity to explore, enjoy & feed over 100 deer and other wildlife.
  • Bear Country USA (Rapid City SD) – Bear Country USA is a unique drive-thru wildlife park featuring North American wildlife. Encounter bears, wolves, elk, buffalo, and other wildlife on your three mile drive.
  • Reptile Garden (Rapid City SD) – Reptile Gardens has world acclaim in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the World’s Largest Reptile Zoo.
  • Custer State Park 18-mile Wildlife Loop Road (Custer SD) – See majestic Buffalo up close. I’m talking REALLY close, like brushing up against your car close.
  • Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary (Hot Springs SD) – Home to 600 mustangs running free on over 11,000 acres of private land. Tours available. Overnight Lodging available, as well.

sKIDaddlers was started by 2 local Minnesota moms with a love for traveling and a knack for research.  Learn more about us and what you can find on our site here.

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