At Hemker Park & Zoo in Freeport, Minnesota, there’s so much to explore, including 20 acres of walkable exhibits, giving kids, adults—and of course our animals—plenty of room to roam. Stay for the day, and come back again-and-again with a season-long membership. Each visit is sure to be a memorable experience where you can enjoy the magic of simply being in the moment. Let the adventure begin!



Your Visit

Whether you are planning your first trip or returning for more fun, we are always happy to have you at Hemker Park & Zoo!


Our Animals

Stand face-to-face with a rhino, look up at a giraffe, or feed an otter. Experience and get to know these animals like never before.



Hemker Park & Zoo is an inviting and educational adventure that will not disappoint. See what’s new this year!

Zoo Beans

& Concessions

Our new café overlooks the flamingo exhibit! Come sip some coffee at Zoo Beans, & enjoy the other eateries here at Hemker Park & Zoo.



What began as a simple dream in 1977 has grown to house and care for 50 various species from around the globe.

Plan Your Visit

Make a day of exploring Hemker Park & Zoo! There are many ways to visit, including day-pass tickets for all ages, season memberships, special group rates, field trips, VIP tours, and more. You can even buy your tickets online.

While planning your visit, take a look at our list of exhibits, check our calendar for daily happenings and animal encounters, and check out the map of our beautiful zoo grounds to get an idea of how you’ll spend your time here. There’s so much to see, and we can’t wait to welcome you over!


Meet Tio

Have you ever seen a Rhinoceros this close? Tio is Minnesota’s only Rhino, and after meeting him, you’ll be sure to fall in love! Learn about what Rhinos eat, how they like to spend their day, and what their current conservation needs are world-wide.


Zoo Beans Café—NOW OPEN!

We’re wild about coffee, especially when you can sip it while enjoying the beautiful view of our zoo! Come enjoy a cup of your favorite beverage—whether you’re here for the day, or just need a refill, Zoo Beans Café is NOW OPEN. 

A Legacy of Love

What began as Mark & Joan Hemker’s simple dream in 1977 has grown to give families up close access to more than 50 different species from around the globe. Now operated by their children and families, Hemker Park & Zoo is an inviting and educational activity that will not disappoint.