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The Dakota Zoo

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Closed Now: 13:00 - 17:00
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Dakota Zoo

Awesome zoo with plenty of shade on those hot days. Clean zoo and nearby places to eat. Our... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kelly B
via mobile
A trip to the Zoo.

Nieces and nephews always request to go to the zoo when they visit, love the petting zoo and the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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“train ride”(31 reviews)
“big cats”(12 reviews)
“good size”(6 reviews)
The Dakota Zoo was founded in 1961 by Marc & Betty Christianson with the help of a host of dedicated volunteers. The Dakota Zoo opened its gates on June 3, 1961 on 15 acres of developed land, with 75 mammals and 23 birds, and 40,000 visitors passed...more
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602 Riverside Park Rd, Box 711, Bismarck, ND 58504
+1 701-223-7543
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All reviews train ride big cats good size cotton candy large variety of animals farm animals monkey exhibit petting area feed the animals kids will love gift shop well worth the visit few hours walk around lots of space favorite part all ages
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Awesome zoo with plenty of shade on those hot days. Clean zoo and nearby places to eat. Our favorite area were with the pigs.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kelly B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nieces and nephews always request to go to the zoo when they visit, love the petting zoo and the monkeys! Many fond memories. A must when visiting Bismarck!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mgensburg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great exhibits and varieties with good room for the large animals. I love the expansion int he back for all the plains animals. That would make for great walks.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Damon S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great local zoo, nice selection of animals, snack shack, zoo train & gift shop. The zoo is also adding new exhibits in the near future. Great place to visit especially with young children.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank brianbS6292II
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After visiting other zoos, I've come to the decision that the Dakota Zoo is just average. It's fun to go to the first time, but it gets old fast.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank BigBillR
Reviewed 7 November 2018

To the extent possible, I like to visit zoos during my travels. So while in Bismarck this fall I toured the Dakota Zoo. This zoo is smaller than my local zoo at home but did not disappoint. There is a good variety of animals -...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Wendybeth16
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Took the whole family to the zoo. Walked around a bit to enjoy the exhibits then took the train to go around the entire zoo.. Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was a beautiful day as well. Had a picnic in the park next door. Our...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 471gretab
Reviewed 14 October 2018

I grew up around one of the best zoos in the world, but it's big. Coming to this smaller zoo was a great change of pace, and it wasn't so busy that the animals get bored of seeing people. It was a cold day, so...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 9 October 2018

Our whole family enjoys the Dakota Zoo. Nice clean environment with great animals to see. Fun family friendly attraction!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 100krisj
Reviewed 2 October 2018

watching the animals this time of the year when it is cooler outside makes them more active and they tend to show off more to the public

Date of experience: September 2018
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Roxann B
11 July 2016|
Response from Brian H | Reviewed this property |
$7.50 for adults 13+ $4.50 for kids 2-12 $6.50 for seniors According to the website
6 August 2015|
Response from Larry K | Property representative |
We have one electric scooter and several push type chairs available for free on a first come first served basis. We ask for a set of car keys or drivers license as security while you have them checked out. Please ask at the... More