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Best Place to Warm Up When It's Cold Outside

The Tropics Trail at the Minnesota Zoo

It's understandable if you feel the need to flee Minnesota during the cruel winter months. So how about a trip to the tropics? At the Minnesota Zoo, you can pretend to be on vacation while exploring a simulated rainforest. Along the Tropics Trail there's plenty of flora and fauna to take in while enjoying a humidity rarely experienced in the Midwest during wintertime. Lush greenery and orchids can be spotted, as well as warm-weather-loving animals like monkeys, toucans, and sloths. Watching the fish flitting about the gorgeous tropical reef is a highlight. Added bonus: All of this can be enjoyed at a temp warm enough to forgo a coat. That is, until you leave.

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