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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 on a road trip and wanted to see a zoo

Had a pretty good time at this zoo. Its not a huge zoo but if me and my lived in the town we would be members of the zoo. It was afternoon so the animals were all sunning or... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Punta Cana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Had a pretty good time at this zoo. Its not a huge zoo but if me and my lived in the town we would be members of the zoo. It was afternoon so the animals were all sunning or hiding but still enjoyed the walk around the zoo with my wife. If we ever come back through this way we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I take my son here all the time. They've done some much needed work to it recently and it looks amazing. It would be nice if they could add in sine new exhibits, but other then that it's a great place to spend the day with your family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We love this zoo. It's a fun place to go visit when you have a few hours. The kids enjoy all of the animals. We try to visit every time we come into town.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Train rides, animals, food, and a great time for the kids. Nice to take a relaxing walk and enjoy the day!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We're originally from Colorado, and we love to go to the Denver zoo, but I have to say I like this zoo so much better. It seems like every time we go the animals are up and playing. It's the perfect size for kids to walk, or run, through without the usual "I'm tired" sayings coming from them. They have... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We have gone twice this year: once on a rainy day, once on a hot day. It was a pleasant experience both times. The discovery center and primate house are a great refuge from weather conditions. There are two trains to take you all around the zoo if you don't have the time or ability to walk the whole thing.... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

The Dakota Zoo is not fancy but my family thoroughly enjoyed it. The animals were active which certainly added to the experience. There's a nice mix of animals and we particularly enjoyed all the animals in the deer family (moose, reindeer, elk...) as well as the primates and cats. We also liked the large enclosures. The zoo participates in the... More 

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Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This is a fun zoo great to walk around in an open area to see animals love the donkeys always had fun scratching there ears and when I stopped they would yelp for more LOL!! awesome picnics

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The zoo is a great place for families and kids. A big part of Bismarck's history! Always enjoy going here.

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

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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