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Apple Valley
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Minnesota Zoo

Enjoy shopping, dining, gallery-hopping and viewing animals in one of the best zoos in the country in this friendly Midwestern city. 

With its convenient setting within easy driving distance of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Apple Valley offers all the benefits of city life but at a relaxed pace. Explore its abundant restaurants and coffee shops, shop in well-known malls and visit a zoo that is frequently named among the best in the entire country.

Apple Valley’s origins can be traced back to the mid-19th century, when a small farming settlement known as Lebanon Township was established here. The town remained small for a century, with the 1960 population numbering just 585, until development increased sharply in the 1960s and 1970s. Visit the city today and you’ll find a much larger settlement of more than 50,000 comprising a commercial downtown area and more residential suburban neighborhoods.

Many visitors to Apple Valley come to see the well-regarded Minnesota Zoo. Explore the vast attraction, which holds more than 5,300 animals including some endangered species. Follow the zoo’s Minnesota Trail to view animals native to the region, including wolverines and black bears. Walk along the Tropics Trail to encounter animals such as Linné’s two-toed sloth, red pandas and Komodo dragons.

Wander around Downtown Apple Valley and appreciate the sights. This area has a high concentration of shops, cafés and restaurants. Take a short drive or bus ride from Downtown Apple Valley to visit huge shopping malls, including the enormous Mall of America.

For outdoor fun, spend a day in the sun at one of Apple Valley’s parks. Go kayaking or canoeing at Farquar Park or sunbathe poolside at the city’s Civic Center Park Aquatic Center.

Apple Valley is located in northwest Dakota County, about a 30-minute drive from Downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul. The city is about a 20-minute drive from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. While local buses and taxis serve the town, consider renting a car so you can explore the surrounding metro area at your leisure. Visit in summer to avoid harsh winter temperatures.

GrandStay Hotel and Conference
GrandStay Hotel and Conference
3 out of 5
7083 153rd St W, Apple Valley, MN
The price is CA $104 per night from Apr 15 to Apr 16

Located in the heart of Apple Valley, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Crystal Lake Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Minnesota Zoo and Crystal Lake Golf Club. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (831 reviews)

"Great place to stay"…"

Reviewed on Apr. 9, 2021

GrandStay Hotel and Conference
AmericInn by Wyndham Apple Valley
AmericInn by Wyndham Apple Valley
2 out of 5
15000 Glazier Ave, Apple Valley, MN
The price is CA $100 per night from Apr 20 to Apr 21

Situated in Apple Valley, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Crystal Lake Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Minnesota Zoo and M Health Fairview Ridges Hospital. ...

4/5Very Good! (524 reviews)

"The staff was willing and so happy to help. Clean property!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 29, 2021

AmericInn by Wyndham Apple Valley
Gorgeous 3 Bed, 2 Bath
Gorgeous 3 Bed, 2 Bath
Apple Valley, MN
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Situated in Apple Valley, this vacation home is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Crystal Lake Beach and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Crystal Lake Golf Club. Minnesota Zoo and Buck ...

Gorgeous 3 Bed, 2 Bath
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Gorgeous 3 Bed, 2 Bath
Gorgeous 3 Bed, 2 Bath
Apple Valley, MN

Situated in Apple Valley, this vacation home is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Crystal Lake Beach and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Crystal Lake Golf Club. Minnesota Zoo and Buck ...

Gorgeous 3 Bed, 2 Bath
WoodSpring Suites St. Paul Woodbury
WoodSpring Suites St. Paul Woodbury
2.5 out of 5
975 Weir Ave., Woodbury, MN
The price is CA $94 per night from Apr 16 to Apr 17

Situated in the business district, this aparthotel is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Tamarack Village and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Woodbury Lakes. Xcel Energy Center and Indian ...

3.1/5 (144 reviews)

"The property exceeded my expectations. Rooms are VERY spacious clean comfortable and welcoming. This will not be my last stay here. Highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Mar. 26, 2021

WoodSpring Suites St. Paul Woodbury
Sonder at MAX
Sonder at MAX
3.5 out of 5
150 26th Avenue Southeast, Minneapolis, MN

Located in Prospect Park, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and TCF Bank Stadium. U.S. Bank Stadium and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (4 reviews)

"Liked - Convenient Location to 94, 280, 35E & 35 W Disliked - The need to park in a muddy unpaved parking lot - it appears that they may be building an attached parking garage which would be great. Also - Industrial style is cool but quite noisy due to lack of hallway carpets, etc. Plus there seems ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr. 12, 2021

Sonder at MAX
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Very friendly place. Went for supper and our waiter told us about another restaurant that was really good.

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