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The Dakota Zoo

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Address: 602 Riverside Park Rd, Box 711, Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone Number: +1 701-223-7543
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The Dakota Zoo was founded in 1961 by Marc & Betty Christianson with the...
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 through the gates that first year. Today, thanks to the continued support of members, visitors, donors and volunteers, the Dakota Zoo has grown to a 90 acre facility housing 600 animals, birds, reptiles and fish representing 125 species and visited by more than 150,000 people each year.
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family outing

Took grandkyds for the day. They enjoyed the train ride and seeing the animals having their noon meal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
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Cooperstown, North Dakota
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Fargo, North Dakota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

Would be OK for smaller kids. Older kids go bored. It only took 4 of us around 1 hours to look at everything.

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Cooperstown, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Took grandkyds for the day. They enjoyed the train ride and seeing the animals having their noon meal.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

I love going to the Zoo and with their new monkey exhibit open it is even better. I like going on the train ride to find out more about the animals and their concession stand is great to!! I have nothing bad to say about this place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

We took our 4 year old daughter to help pass some time during our one day trip in Bismarck. For $7.50 admission we weren't expecting much. Boy were we proven wrong. Great selection of animals, that were easy to view. Quite a few animals had babies with their mommies which is always fun to view.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Visited this smaller zoo. It was nice and a good way to spend an hour or two. They have a pretty decent variety of animals. I thought they had a good size roaming space for them as well.

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Bullhead City, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

nice zoo with many interesting exhibits. Not crowded and fast paced. We had a great visit with our 15 year old son.

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Bismarck, North Dakota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

One of the nicest zoos around. Animals are well cared for and love the train. Staff is always helpful. Nice variety of animals. Highly recommend.

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Whether you're looking to entertain the family for a day or want a unique date spot, the Dakota Zoo is a cool place. It has a good variety of animals, especially for the size of Bismarck. There's lots of things to do and see!

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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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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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Additional Information about The Dakota Zoo

Address: Address: 602 Riverside Park Rd, Box 711, Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone Number: +1 701-223-7543
Location: United States  >  North Dakota (ND)  >  Bismarck
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 7 - 7

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