Brainerd Lakes Vacationland Blog
Safari North Zoo Brings You Up Close and Personal with Local Wildlife
The Safari North Wildlife Park is a surprise gem tucked into the woods of the Brainerd Lakes Area which is home to many local and exotic animals. Located just a few miles outside of Brainerd on State Highway 371, Safari North is just a quick drive for hours worth of fun.
While it's always exciting to see the big cats of the world and other exotic animals, it was such a fun experience to get up close to some of the more elusive Brainerd Lakes Area animals and critters. The open air feel and smaller enclosures at Safari North really give you the chance to see all of the animals (unlike some zoos where all you see is the sign saying what animal is hiding inside).
I'm fascinated by our local wildlife, and the raccoons, porcupines, and even the skunks were beautiful creatures to see up close, and to watch at play. There are coin operated feeders throughout the park, allowing you the chance to feed different animals including alligators!
For a hands on experience, visit the Barn Yard and Petting Area which is full of domestic wildlife including goats, cows, llamas, and kangaroo! The animals love to eat out of your hands, so don't forget to buy some feed at the mining shop next to the petting area.
Other great attractions at Safari North include a playground with lots of equipment and room for the kids to run, a snack shack with cool beverages, ice cream, and some hot or cold snacks, a mining sluice, and a gift shop. If you're feeling extra adventurous, hop on a camel for a unique ride, or visit the Parakeet Encounter for a one of a kind bird lovers experience.
Safari North Wildlife Park
8493 State Highway 371, Brainerd, MN 56401