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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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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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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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Just love the place. Think it is fabulous for a donation only zoo. They use the best way of their money.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Just love the place. Think it is fabulous for a donation only zoo. They use the best way of their money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a nice little zoo that was very friendly for my small children. They enjoyed the train ride around the zoo and the ability to not only pet but feed some of the smaller animals. The Discovery Center was informative and my kids had a blast.

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Bismarck
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

The Dakota Zoo is a great part of Bismarck that everyone needs to see at least once! It is full of adorable animals and right now have a lot of small baby animals that are full of energy to watch! We always take the train around the zoo at the beginning of our stay because it teaches you about the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We stopped in Bismarck on a long day’s drive from Rapid City to Fargo and took an hour to explore the zoo. We got there around 6 pm, which was perfect timing for seeing the animals. Almost all of them were up and active, clearly waiting for the guests to leave and get some dinner. The zoo has a nice... More 

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bismarck
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is a fun zoo. It is very clean and the staff is very helpful, The zoo covers quite a large area, so it may be a good idea to take the train ride first, so you can see everything. Then you can decide which areas you want to visit again on foot. There is a nice playground area close... More 

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Mandan, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

The Dakota Zoo has grown and grown, and gotten better and better. The animals in large part are housed in naturalistic environments and there are regular Summer activities for kids. The grounds are absolutely lovely.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Quite a few different animals! Also a train ride you can do first so you can walk back to the animals you want to visit most! Very nice bear carving from a local man in the center

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Zap, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We enjoyed walking around the zoo it was great exercise. The best part was the newborn monkey's they were cute and comical to watch.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

I've got a 3 year old that loves the zoo. We have a family pass and go at least once a month, probably more. Take the train ride to see everything without a long walk. Great family entertainment.

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Fargo, North Dakota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

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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Additional Information about The Dakota Zoo

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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