At Hemker Park & Zoo, the animals are only half the fun.
Welcome 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! Weather 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: $15.25+ Tax
Seniors (60+): $14.25 + tax
Children (ages 2-12): $13.25+ tax
Infants (0-23 months): Free
We do not give a discount, rain checks or refund due to inclement weather (e.g. rain, storms or snow).
For information about group and school visits, phone (320) 836-2426 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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 online, entrance and gift shop stores.
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
- From I-94, take exit 140.
- Turn toward Freeport town centre and follow County Road 11 north for a half mile.
- Turn right on County Road 39 and follow it for another half mile.
- The zoo is on the right side (southern side) of CR-39.