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Conveniently located just off Interstate 35E, the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Nicollet Inn provides guests quick and easy access to the best way to get up close to wild animals in the Twin Cities area. When you and your family stay at our Burnsville, MN hotel, you’ll be just over five miles from the Minnesota Zoo and a wide range of animal species.

Getting there from our property is a snap; just take Nicollet Avenue north to 138th Street and make a right. Continue straight as it becomes McAndrews Road and then Co Rd 38. Then, make a left at Zoo Boulevard, which will lead you up to the park. The trip takes only 10 minutes.

With over 2,300 animals of nearly 450 species, the Minnesota Zoo covers 485 acres. Walk through six themed areas, which organize animals by living environment as opposed to species. The Medtronic Minnesota Trail features Minnesota-native animals, while the Northern Trail features animals from above the 45th Parallel and the indoor Tropics Trail is made up of species from the tropic lands near the Equator. Visitors can get a glimpse of rarely seen marine animals at Discovery Bay, and Russia’s Grizzly Coast depicts the lives of animals in Russia’s Far East and the Kamchatka Peninsula. Families with little ones get a special kick out of the Wells Fargo Family Farm, which maintains a farm animal theme.

Stay with us throughout the year for unbeatable access to special events like May's Family Overnights ­­– Oceans Dusk to Dawn, Macy’s Mother’s Day Weekend, preschool classes, and daily specials like the Tropical Reef Dive Show and countless exciting animal feedings.

With a location this close to so much fun, the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Nicollet Inn is the best value for families visiting the Twin Cities area.

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