The Dakota Zoo

The Dakota Zoo, Bismarck: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, The Dakota Zoo Reviews: 4.5/5

The Dakota Zoo
4.5
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Rebecca albert
3 contributions
Staff and conditions great
Aug 2021
Caring staff, love of animals apparent. Conditions of zoo well cared for. Staff remained wonderful despite sweltering temperatures.
Written August 9, 2021
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Lisa D
90 contributions
Compared to other zoos we’ve visited, we recommend the Dakota Zoo
Aug 2021 • Couples
During my visit, I observed a large company picnic / bouncy games for kids / scavenger hunt / live musicians/ and train rides. I also saw couples and families enjoying the zoo. The walking trails are good. Many of the animals were close to see and watch. The gift shop was busy.
Written August 1, 2021
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Nicole B
Dubai, United Arab Emirates946 contributions
Kid-Friendly Zoo
Jul 2021
Pretty good zoo for the price. Petting area for farm animals. Lots of Great Plains animals and a decent collection of big cats. Several animals or pens were not available, for various reasons.
Written July 8, 2021
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Debbye L
Bowling Green, FL10 contributions
Small but worth the visit
Jun 2021 • Family
The zoo is small but has lots of interesting things to do. I would recommend for all ages. Definitely worth the visit. Cost $10.00 for adults.
Written June 13, 2021
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keithflow
Albuquerque, NM699 contributions
Decent zoo, well laid out
Jun 2021
We didn't have a lot to do in Bismarck so we chose the zoo. I enjoyed walking the trail to see the bison, elk, deer, reindeer etc. The rest of the zoo seemed a bit "cagey" for me. I guess I am used to seeing animals in more natural habitats than in cages.
Written June 9, 2021
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J L
Bismarck, ND7 contributions
Rare display of large animals!
Jun 2020
What a pleasant zoo to visit! There were playgrounds, petting zoos, and a wide selection of animals to entertain the youth. The indoor learning center where the reptiles, fish, and other small creatures are kept is so cool! There is even a live bee hive inside. You can watch the bees working nonstop. It was rather mesmerizing! The large outdoor creatures are incredible. Camels, Reindeer, and Bison were so majestic! I will be back for sure!
Written January 8, 2021
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Austin R
6 contributions
A+
Aug 2020 • Family
We take our family here multiple times a year. It is such a wonderful time. The zoo is always neat and tidy and there is some thing for everybody.
Written January 2, 2021
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George D
Cleveland, OH146 contributions
This zoo is a gem
Sep 2020 • Couples
We arrived at 10:00AM, right when they opened. Every employee we came up on practiced social distancing and inside were masked. The animals in the morning are great. They were all active, thinking that we were bringing them food. Great layout and just a wonderful morning walk. A must if in Bismarck
Written September 22, 2020
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UCFKnightsFan
Orlando, FL546 contributions
EXCELLENT! A Pleasant Surprise!
Sep 2020
I have been to about 90 zoos around the world. This zoo was great! I really enjoyed it. Spaced out well with nice walking paths, nice habitats / exhibits / biomes. Great complement of species.....Transcaspian Urial, Siberian Musk Deer, Pronghorn, Elk, Bison, Aoudad, Mouflon, White Bengal Tiger, Snow Leopard, Grizzly Bear, Coati, Pine Marten, Reeve's Muntjac, Tammar Wallaby, Mexican Gray Wolf, Fisher, North American River Otter, Lynx, Arctic Fox, Mountain Lion / Puma, Bobcat, etc. They also have a wonderful and well-designed children's area.

The admission was only $10.00. A great bargain for a zoo such as this.

I was in the gift shop and was chatting with the two employees working (Paige and Troy). They were GREAT! Very friendly, personable, and wonderful to chat with.

I HIGHLY recommend a visit to the Dakota Zoo!
Written September 16, 2020
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Jim F
Youngstown, OH149 contributions
Fun zoo!
Sep 2020
Such an awesome zoo! Really liked the layout--I never felt crowded around other people, and the admission price ($10) was great compared to other zoos we've been to (Columbus, Cleveland, Atlanta). This is a great way to spend a day, with a great number and variety of animals throughout.
Written September 10, 2020
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