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1920 Fitch Ave, St Paul, MN 55108
Admission: $8.00
2023 Tours: $8/Adult; $5 Children. Under 3 FREE.
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Registration Required for Tours. Book a Tour online.

The Raptor Center is part of the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinarian Medicine. As a University run program, details change frequently and it is best to get your visitor information directly from them. Please refer to the website for details.

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A few fun facts you might not know about the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center:

(1) As of 2023, tours require advance booking. The kids and I were lucky enough to attend the last tour of the day on our visit and had the place to ourselves, complete with a personal tour guide who tailored the visit to the attention span of my children. They loved the opportunity to get up close to the resident raptors (birds of prey) and ask as many questions as they wanted.

(2) More than 700 birds from bald eagles to peregrine falcons are treated each year at the facility. Veterinarians and vet students are trained onsite in avian medicine and surgery. Learn more about their work and what you can do to protect raptor habitats at special events offered throughout the year – both at the Raptor Center and in the community.

(3) Once rehab is complete, the raptors are released back into the wild at one of two annual Raptor Release events. Held at Hyland Lake Park Reserve, this free program is filled with close encounters, teaching moments and the chance to bid the birds farewell as they head to the horizon (hopefully never to return!)

This article was originally published by Anne Kingston May 2, 2013
It has been updated with 2023 information..

Raptor Center, Saint Paul

Birthday Parties at the Raptor Center

Book a two-hour “hatchday party” for your raptor fan.  Parties include a tour and a one-hour live raptor program followed by an hour for a private party.  Families bring cake and refreshments and party supplies.

Onsite Hatchday Parties are currently on hold. But virtual options or options at your location may be available. Call (612) 624-2756 or email: for more information..

For more birthday party ideas like this: Twin Cities Birthday Parties for Kids: Animal Lovers

Summer Camps at the Raptor Center

Summer camps like Enraptured with Raptors, Grossology, and Soaring the World with Raptors are offered annually.

Learn more about dates and prices in our annual summer camp guide: Twin Cities Summer Camps: Nature & Outdoor Adventure Camps.

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