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The Dakota Zoo

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Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Nice Zoo, Lots of space for most animals

Nice zoo to visit, not too large, but many animals to see. Big bonus - they had an electric... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Barb R
A great zoo with healthy looking animals!

We have been to many zoos in large cities and small cities. The Bismarck zoo is very nice and well... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ronald T
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“train ride”(28 reviews)
“big cats”(10 reviews)
“good size”(6 reviews)
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...more
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
602 Riverside Park Rd, Box 711, Bismarck, ND 58504
+1 701-223-7543
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Nice zoo to visit, not too large, but many animals to see. Big bonus - they had an electric scooter for my handicapped husband, and it was FREE. The elk enclosure is HUGE, with lots of trees, like their normal habitat would be. Beautiful large...More

Thank Barb R
Reviewed 6 days ago

We have been to many zoos in large cities and small cities. The Bismarck zoo is very nice and well maintained. The animals appear healthy and in a clean environment. The zoo also has good space for each exhibit with room to expand. Personnel were...More

1  Thank Ronald T
Reviewed 1 week ago

first zoo I've ever seen with chickens and cows. also had a lot of exotic animals that I had never heard of. plenty of walking, and solitude if you come early enough. be sure to check out the tunnels for the BIG CATS and the...More

Thank sunjulie73
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always enjoy going to the zoo. It's a nice 2 mile walk. So, come prepared to exercise. You'll forget about the long walk once you see the animals. BZ has some beauty and different species. Ans, they all look well caref for. The park is...More

Thank Donna F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went to the Dakota Zoo for the first time last weekend, and it was wonderful. There were a lot of families walking around, nice walking trails with easy directions. Lots of different animals- but one of the coolest things is that the Dakota Zoo...More

Thank Alex A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Normally I’m not a huge fan of zoo’s, but for a smaller zoo I loved it. It was clean and the space for the animals is pretty good. The animals looked happy and healthy and they even give discounts to UMary students with their ID!

1  Thank Paige C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It had been about 10 years since I have been to this zoo, so was anxious to go back again on my recent visit. What a disappointment! Most of the animals are not even visible, exhibits closed, some facilities rundown, and while some animals have...More

Thank Freddy62
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in for a few days rest while traveling across country. My little granddaughter was absolutely delighted by the animals.

Thank Bamalady13
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My Wife and I have lived in Bismarck for a few years, and it’s one of her favorite activities for an afternoon. We’ve been to it probably 10 times now (the animals rarely change, although the layout has been altered a bit in the past...More

Thank Samurai196
Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

We loved our visit here. The price was very reasonable for such a wide variety of animals! My kids loved the train ride, which was a great way to start the visit if you hadn't been there before. You get a good idea of what...More

Thank Becky H
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Roxann B
July 10, 2016|
Response from Brian H | Reviewed this property |
$7.50 for adults 13+ $4.50 for kids 2-12 $6.50 for seniors According to the website
August 6, 2015|
Response from Larry K | Property representative |
We have one electric scooter and several push type chairs available for free on a first come first served basis. We ask for a set of car keys or drivers license as security while you have them checked out. Please ask at the... More