We invite you to visit our amazing facility and learn about raptors!

The front of The Raptor Center


Tuesday - Friday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Saturday and Sunday: Noon to 4 p.m. 

We are closed

  • Mondays 
  • University of Minnesota holidays except December 26
  • Sunday, April 21
  • Thursday, July 4
  • Saturday, September 28 (Raptor Release event offsite)
  • November 28, 29
  • December 23 - 25
  • January 1

*The gift shop is open during visiting hours


Offered every 30 minutes, on the half hour and hour.

Tues-Fri: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Sat-Sun: 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Ages 3-17       $3
Ages 18-62     $5
Ages 62+        $3

U of M staff, faculty and students (with ID) are admitted free.
For groups of 10 people or more: call 612-624-2756 prior to your visit.

This 30-minute guided visit will introduce you to some of our education winged ambassadors. Interpretive volunteers and staff will discuss the natural biology of these raptors, as well as how we all relate and interact with our shared environment. The tour spends a few minutes outside in our outdoor raptor enclosures, so please dress for the weather.

Weekend Raptors of Minnesota program

1-hour program every Saturday and Sunday, starting at 1 p.m.

Ages 3-17                   $5.50
Ages 18-62                 $8
Ages 62+, students     $5.50

See at least 3 live raptors out of their enclosures and on the glove with one of our trained interpretive naturalists. Watch as the birds eat, and explore what makes them so unique and valuable to our community. Program includes a tour of the outdoor raptor enclosures, so please dress for the weather. Program lasts an hour and is great for families or groups of all ages.

Directions & Parking


The Raptor Center is located on the St. Paul campus of the University of Minnesota, just west of the Minnesota State Fairgrounds.

The Raptor Center
1920 Fitch Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108

Public transportation

Public transportation

Details on public transit services to and from The Raptor Center can be found on the UMN Parking & Transportation Services website-



The cost of parking is not included in any tour or program fee. 

  • Limited metered spaces are available on the north side of The Raptor Center on Fitch Avenue. ($2 per hour / accepts credit cards)
  • Gortner Parking Ramp is located across the street from The Raptor Center.
Bus Parking

Summer Months (June- August):  Meter parking on Carter Avenue

After dropping off at The Raptor Center, continue south on Gortner Ave. Turn right onto Commonwealth Ave, turn right onto Cleveland Ave and then the next right onto Carter Ave where there are parking meters (accepts credit cards).

School year (Sept.-May): State Fair Grounds

After dropping off at The Raptor Center, continue north on Gortner Ave. Turn right onto Buford and follow to first stop sign (you will cross Randall Ave) to the parking lot (fee is $5 for the day / cash only)

More information

All campus parking is managed by the University and not The Raptor Center. For more information such as parking maps, additional options, and costs can be found on the University of Minnesota's Parking and Transportation Services website.

The Raptor Center depends on public support for 60% of our annual budget.

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