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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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Fri - Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Dakota Zoo was founded in 1961 by Marc & Betty Christianson with...

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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Monkeys were very entertaining

Had a great day out with the grandchildren they loved feeding some of the animals, animal food is available at machines. It was a lovely walk around the zoo as it is quite spread... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
valdon27
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had a great day out with the grandchildren they loved feeding some of the animals, animal food is available at machines. It was a lovely walk around the zoo as it is quite spread out. The baby monkey was hilarious, and put on a little show for us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Best zoo in North Dakota. Must visit in the summer. I wish it was bigger, but as far as North Dakota goes its the biggest and the best.

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Thank Andrew F
Minot, North Dakota
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

We are from small towns so this was the biggest zoo we had ever got to experience and we still enjoy traveling a couple times to Bismarck to see the animals. We also got to go during the introduction of the monkey exhibit so that was exciting for the girls too. Its a great family friendly, budget friendly place to... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

As a kid, I just loved trips to the Dakota Zoo. Funny thing is, then I became an adult, and I still loved trips to the Dakota Zoo. It's probably the best zoo in North Dakota, although Wahpeton's zoo is very close. The Dakota Zoo is also a well kept, clean facility, and that's important in a zoo. I've been... More 

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Lorette, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This was an awesome stop on our family trip! Let me explain why this is the best zoo! We were just heading home to Canada from visiting South Dakota, where we were disgusted by the conditions at Bear Country... we are animal enthusiasts so we really have an appreciation for the animals natural habitat being duplicated as much as possible,... More 

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Thank Jodie E
North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The Dakota Zoo is the only (or, one of very few) privately owned zoo(s) and it does a wonderful job, given its lack of public funding. It's a great place to go with smaller children who enjoy both the animals and the playground. Most of the animals are standard for a zoo, but the now lynx isn't and it's wonderful,... More 

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minot,north dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

we enjoyed this very much,altho there was quite a lot to see,the animals were clearly marked,and viewing was quite good

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Davison, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Nice place to spend a couple of hours. Nothing spectacular about it. The goats & miniture ponies were my kids favorite part because you can pet them. Don't use the penny flattener or the animal feed machines. Both took our money and did not work.

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Honeoye Falls, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

We visited on a September weekday morning. We had the zoo all to ourselves. It was good to see that many of the animals were awake & active. I loved the Bactrian camels & the prairie dogs. The zoo is worth the visit.

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Thief River Falls
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Great place for a pit stop while traveling. I recommend taking the train around the zoo and enjoying the view.

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