Apple Valley, MN

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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. PaulInternational 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.

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Minneapolis Bloomington W
La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Minneapolis Bloomington W
3 out of 5
5151 American Blvd West, Bloomington, MN, 55437
The price is ¥10,018 per night from Jul 24 to Jul 25
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Bloomington. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
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Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Minneapolis Bloomington W
GrandStay Hotel and Conference
GrandStay Hotel and Conference
3 out of 5
7083 153rd St W, Apple Valley, MN, 55124
The price is ¥17,512 per night from Aug 1 to Aug 2
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Apple Valley. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (975 reviews)
"Easy access to Minneapolis and St Paul with freeways nearby. My family is only blocks away."

Reviewed on Jun 9, 2022

GrandStay Hotel and Conference
Baymont by Wyndham Bloomington MSP Airport
Baymont by Wyndham Bloomington MSP Airport
2.5 out of 5
1200 E 78th St, Richfield, MN, 55423
The price is ¥12,844 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Richfield. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our ...
3.6/5 Good! (964 reviews)
"It was close to airport, which wS nice since we had an early flight."

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2022

Baymont by Wyndham Bloomington MSP Airport
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WoodSpring Suites St. Paul Woodbury
WoodSpring Suites St. Paul Woodbury
2.5 out of 5
975 Weir Ave., Woodbury, MN, 55125
The price is ¥14,197 per night from Jul 13 to Jul 14
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Woodbury. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
2.9/5 (216 reviews)
"Staff is very friendly and helpful"

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2022

WoodSpring Suites St. Paul Woodbury
Beautiful Quiet Lower Private Suite With Pool Spa
Beautiful Quiet Lower Private Suite With Pool Spa
Apple Valley, MN
Stay at this property in Apple Valley. Enjoy an outdoor pool, WiFi, and a kitchen. Popular attractions Minnesota Zoo and Cascade Bay Waterpark are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Great experience
"We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Check-in and check-out were very easy. The layout was perfect with a lot of space in the downstairs area as well as provided alot of amenities. We enjoyed the outdoor area with the pool, jacuzzi and grill options. It was a great location.. The host was very nice and ..."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2022

Beautiful Quiet Lower Private Suite With Pool Spa
WoodSpring Suites Minneapolis Airport Mendota Heights
WoodSpring Suites Minneapolis Airport Mendota Heights
2.5 out of 5
1432 Northland Drive, Mendota Heights, MN, 55120
The price is ¥16,225 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 13
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Mendota Heights. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
2.9/5 (146 reviews)
"Clean Room, volume on remote didn’t go lower than 11, front desk check-in was a headache. Paid through Hotels.com and they were trying to charge me again at check-in. Customer service was subpar."

Reviewed on Mar 31, 2022

WoodSpring Suites Minneapolis Airport Mendota Heights
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