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Como Park Zoo & Conservatory

1225 Estabrook Drive, St. Paul, 55103
Admission: $ 0.00
(Donations Welcome)
Concessions Available
Hours of Operation:
Monday 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Tuesday 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Wednesday 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Thursday 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Friday 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM - 06:00 PM
Currently Showing Summer Hours (April-September); Como Park Zoo is Open Every Day of the Year

Como Park Zoo Orangutans

Image courtesy Como Park Zoo

Como Park Zoo is a nice choice for an inexpensive outing with out-of-town guests. Como Park has many picnic areas and playgrounds to add to the fun or visit Como Town Amusement Park. If you pick the right time in the summer, there is often live music and other activities. Check our Family Fun Calendar for special events. Parking lots fill up fast in the warmer months. It is smart to park at the fairgrounds and ride the Zoo Bus shuttle between May and August.

Anytime Family Fun Ideas at Como Park Zoo

Visit the Western Lowland Gorillas

Image courtesy Como Park Zoo

Image courtesy Como Park Zoo

Alice, the female gorilla who lost her first baby in 2014, has given birth to another baby on October 18, 2017. The baby girl was four pounds at birth and is only the third gorilla to be born at Como.  John Dee, curator at Como Zoo, says "With this birth, everything is tracking as it should. Alice has shown herself to be very attentive, very nurturing, and very protective of her new baby, just as we hoped she would”. Gorilla babies are born nearly helpless except to cling to their mother's hair and to nurse. They stay with their mothers, who are very protective, for several years after birth. Mother and baby will remain off exhibit until they have bonded. Watch for them when they return to the Gorilla habitat.

Visit The Snow Leopards

Moutig is a new snow leopard at Como Park Zoo

Moutig. Photo credit: Como Friends

Como Zoo welcomed a mating pair of European-born snow leopards in March 2016. If all goes well, Moutig and Ayle could have kits as early as 2018. Even before they have kits, zoo keepers expect the cats to be fun to watch. The are a young and playful couple, particularly Moutig, the male (pictured below).


Como Park Zoo -- Park and Ride.

Save the hassle and makes the kids happy - Park and Ride.

Ongoing Exhibits at Como Park Zoo

In the Sunken Garden
April through September.
Pay $5 to feed a giraffe some lettuce at 10:45 a.m. daily and also 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. There is also another observatory deck for free viewing. Giraffe feeding closes for the season after Sunday, October 1, 2017.

A place to get up close to the small amphibians of the zoo.


This indoor space, nestled between the zoo entrance and the conservatory, is designed for small children to learn about plants and animals in a hands-on manner.

Birthday Parties At Como Park ZooBirthday Parties At Como Park Zoo

The zoo offers birthday bash packages featuring six unique party themes – each with live animal visitors, plants, or a personal tour of a featured animal exhibit (public area). For an added fee, Como will provide pizza and cake. Packages starting at $250.

Find more birthday party ideas at FFT's Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in the Twin Cities

Classes and Camps at Como Park Zoo

Como offers seasonal classes for all ages and abilities. Classes usually start at $15/child and are often a parent/child activity. Learn more about camps at FFTC's 2017 Guide to Twin Cities Summer Camps.

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