How to plan for the perfect summer day at Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
For many Minnesotans, it wouldn’t be summer without a visit to Como Park Zoo and Conservatory. In fact, more than 1.4 million kids and adults came to Como during last year’s “high season” from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Here’s how to make the most of all of your daylight hours at Como.
10:45 a.m.: Have you met Skeeter? He’s the break-out star of Como Zoo’s new giraffe feeding station where he made more than 13,000 new friends last summer who came to feed him by hand. For $5, you can buy him a treat of crunchy romaine lettuce at the day’s public feeding event at the African Hoofstock building.
11:30 a.m.: If you want a seat in Sparky’s splash zone, come to the amphitheater about 15 minutes before her daily show at 11:30 a.m., which fills up fast with standing-room-only audiences on summer’s busiest days. Next year, her habitat is slated for an extreme home-makeover, so stop by this summer to see the Sparky the Sea Lion Show just the way you remember it as a kid.
Noon: Swing by Blooming Butterflies, the popular pollinator garden, to see the new high-fliers that are released into the exhibit every day. For just $1, you can release your own butterfly and watch it take flight! This delightful interpretive garden, supported by your contributions to Como Friends, opens June 16.
6:00 p.m.: Como has extended hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until October 1, and even more action on Wednesday nights this summer with the return of Groovin’ in the Garden. This free concert series features some of the Twin Cities’ favorite solo artists and ensemble groups, with fun activities for everyone in the family. Check out this month’s roster here.