At Hemker Park & Zoo, the animals are only half the fun.

Best of Central Minnesota - Hemker Park and ZooWelcome to Hemker Park & Zoo! Voted two years in a row Best of Central Minnesota Out & About Family Recreation! Hand-feed giraffes, budgies or toss fish into our Otter area, experience animals up-close! We’re open from May 1 – October 31! Whether you are planning your first trip to Central Minnesota or returning to experience more of Hemker Park & Zoo, we are happy to have you!

We’ve designed the park to be as family friendly as possible, making it a great place for informal picnics, birthday parties, family reunions, weddings, workplace gatherings, and other celebrations. You can bring a packed lunch or take advantage of food and drinks available on site. Our Hungry Paw Concessions has something for everyone!There are shaded picnic tables as well as a huge undercover eating area, suitable for small and large groups alike. Toilet facilities are provided.

Families can pose for a picture at one of the zoo’s many colorful face boards, and the gift shop is stocked with mementos so everyone can go home with a souvenir by which to remember their visit. The giant play set is a big favorite with kids, while the large grassed areas also give energetic youngsters plenty of space in which to be active.


10am-6pm every day (May 1-Oct 31)


Adults: $17.25+ Tax
Seniors (60+): $16.25 + tax
Children (ages 2-12): $15.25+ tax
Infants (0-23 months): Free

Weather Policy

We do not give a discount, rain checks or refund due to inclement weather (e.g. rain, storms or snow).

During the beginning part of May, Late September and October some of the warmer climate animals may not be out for viewing with inclement weather. Animal safety and well-being is one of our number one priorities.

Purchase Tickets

For information about group and school visits, phone (320) 836-2426 or email

Season Passes

Includes unlimited daytime admission, 10% off gift shop items, quarterly Zoo Tracks newsletter and invitation to an exclusive members only breakfast to be held on August 22, 2021 at 9am-11am.

Single Pass (up to 1 adult & 1 child): $145
Family Pass (up to 2 adults & 2 children): $175 (Best Value)
Grandparent Pass (up to 2 adults & 4 children): $220

Additional Guests can be added for an additional $30.00/person.

Purchase Season Passes

Group Rate

Groups of 15 or more paying guests (ages two and up) are eligible for discounted group admission pricing with a 3 day advance notice. The group must pay as a single transaction to receive the discount. All members must enter the Zoo together as a group at the same time.

Map of Hemker Park and Zoo Grounds

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Tram Rides

Friday, Saturday, Sunday-First Ride out is 11:30 am and last rides is at 4:30 pm

Explore the park at a more relaxed pace on our tram ride. Listen to stories about our amazing animals and cover more zoo grounds in comfort. Guests in wheelchairs are welcome, as our tram has a special slot for a wheelchair. Tram ride is 20 minutes long. You can purchase your tram tickets at any guest service areas. The tram is wheelchair accessible but cannot accommodate strollers or motorized scooters.

Cost: $7.00/rider

Getting Here

Hemker Park & Zoo is located just off Interstate 94, only 90 minutes northwest of Minneapolis, and 40 minutes northwest of St. Cloud, and 35 minutes from Alexandria, MN.

Driving directions in Freeport

  1. From I-94, take exit 140.
  2. Turn toward Freeport town centre and follow County Road 11 north for a half mile.
  3. Turn right on County Road 39 and follow it for another half mile.
  4. The zoo is on the right side (southern side) of CR-39.