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The Dakota Zoo

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Address: 602 Riverside Park Rd, Box 711, Bismarck, ND 58504
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+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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Hidden Gem

This quiet little zoo is packed with neat animals and information. Take the train ride to see where we you want to go first! It took us just over an hour to walk thru.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
LISA L
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Aberdeen, South Dakota
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Aberdeen, South Dakota
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49 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This quiet little zoo is packed with neat animals and information. Take the train ride to see where we you want to go first! It took us just over an hour to walk thru.

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Mandan, North Dakota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My grandchildren and I visited the Dakota Zoo. They have outstanding animal viewing. At the lion exhibit you can go underground and come up in the lion den area. There is a train that takes you around the whole zoo. Well worth the visit!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun for family . Great staff healthy stock. every thing is keep clean. food is ok and reasonable priced

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New Town
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

I love the zoo, period. The animals and exhibits are wonderful. There are accommodations for the handicap, and their prices for the food and entrance is great. The parking lot is large enough to pull right next to the entrance. Very nice.....

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Thank violag957
Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016

Enjoy going with or without kids, it just so nice to lose yourself and enjoy the animals. It is great exercise to stroll or faster yet if there is anone needing to use a wheelchair they can enjoy the trip as well. Grab some food and plan a picnic while you are at It!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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43 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016

We had a great day walking through the zoo and seeing the animals. The zoo is small enough to see it all within a couple hours. The train ride is a great way to see everything. The wasps were pretty bad while we were there.

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Stockbridge, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

This is such a cute zoo. We took the train ride and also walked around with family. The bears were entertaining and the goats wanted lots of attention.

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Thank Sarah B
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

The Dakota Zoo makes for a great family visit. Just inside the entrance is a playground (for running off energy) and furry animals perfect for petting (bring some quarters for hand-feeding the goats). If you don't want to walk the paths, there's a train tour.

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Shelbyville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

We had a good time and enjoyed our day. Most of the animals were out and active. Lots of chipmunks running around which thrilled my son. The zoo was clean and friendly staff. The train ride enables you to see all the animals. Take the Time and go, you will be glad you did.

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Thank 499brandyf
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

The Dakota Zoo offers a lot for everyone. The train tour is sure to be a hit for children and adults. Set aside some time and take it all it. It's well worth the visit.

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