Step into the humid jungles of southeastern Asia, get nose-to-nose with a Russian grizzly and Siberian tiger, peek inside a beaver’s den and find a cozy spot to watch a mesmerizing flow of tropical fish. Minnesota’s biggest zoo sprawls across 500 acres in Apple Valley (20 miles south of St. Paul), making it a great place to see the outdoors. Themed trails range from one to two miles, and are dotted with bison, caribou, camels and wolves. Spring is especially popular for the arrival of chicks, lambs, piglets and other babies on the zoo’s Family Farm. Indoors, you can roam the tropics, catch an IMAX movie, and explore aquariums, touch tanks and tide pools. If your child has light-up shoes, prepare for special attention from African penguins. Zoo events include preschool programs, family sleepovers, zoo camp, a summer concert series and animal encounters with bears, penguins and sea otters.