Arctic Ring of Life

The Arctic Ring of Life is North America’s largest polar bear exhibit, which also houses arctic foxes and seals.  This state-of-the-art, $14.9 million, interactive facility encompasses over four acres of outdoor and indoor exhibits.

The most unique feature of the Arctic Ring of Life is the spectacular 70-foot-long Frederick and Barbara Erb Polar Passage, a clear tunnel that winds through a vast underwater marine environment.  This 12-foot-wide, 8-foot-tall tunnel takes visitors underneath diving and swimming polar bears and seals!  The bears and seals are separated from each other by a transparent barrier but appear to share one aquatic environment.  Visitors then arrive in an "ice world", passing through a frigid ice cave and finally entering the Exploration Station with additional indoor viewing.

The Arctic Ring of Life was named the number-two Best Zoo Exhibit in the U.S. by the Intrepid Traveler’s guide to “America’s Best Zoos”.