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Address: Arbor Avenue, Box 711, Bismarck, ND 58502-0711
Phone Number: 701-223-7543
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Great way to spend an hour or two!

I've visited Dakota Zoo several times with my family. I'd recommend a visit if you have kids and are looking for a great place to spend a couple hours. The zoo isn't huge, but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 10, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The zoo is very fun. I have been there a few times. They don't have a large variety of animals, but it is north dakota, they can't have everything. It is a little run down looking, could use a makeover. Still fun for the family

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Minot
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I've visited Dakota Zoo several times with my family. I'd recommend a visit if you have kids and are looking for a great place to spend a couple hours. The zoo isn't huge, but it is pretty nice for a city the size of Bismarck. They have a good variety of animals, but it doesn't take a whole day to... More 

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Ronan, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Small zoos seem to be disappearing as folks anymore are more focused on big-city attractions. But the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, while small, is a first-class facility. It is friendly to its visitors and very clean. More importantly, they seem to be genuinely committed to providing great care for the animals entrusted there.

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North Dakota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This is a very small zoo without many exotic animals. On the plus side (for the humans anyway) the enclosures are small enough that you are sure to see the animals. You can easily walk the whole park in a few hours.

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Bemidji, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Its a good place for young kids, as are most all zoo's. If you have been to some bigger and better zoo's theres really no need or anything special that you must do here.

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We visited the last warm day of the fall and really enjoyed it. It is well laid-out and has extensive grounds, though not as many animals as in larger cities. The grizzly bears were being particularly comical due to the cooler weather and nearing the gluttonous stage for hibernation, but the other exhibts were just as entertaining. Unfortunately, the primate... More 

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North Dakota
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I just love our Zoo, we get a membership every year, we spend more time sitting at one of the animals, instead of hurying to get through, i love having a membership.. really can enjoy this way

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London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

It was a lovely afternoon with our family. The Zoo is suprisingly large and we enjoyed to walk around and also take the little train to relax and cool off from the sun. I was suprised at how many animals there was at this little zoo. We loved to see the monkeys, tigers and bears. Some of the other animals... More 

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Velva
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Dakota Zoo was certainly a pleasant surprise. It has been more than 20 years since I last visited. New exhibits added, old exhibits changed but the staff are just as friendly and knowledgable. The train always was a favorite with my children and now is a favorite of my grandchildren. I do miss the ol' bear but I'm sure the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Spent a pleasant afternoon exploring this quaint little zoo, Not expensive to visit, take your time wandering around the many exhibits.

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