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The Dakota Zoo

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A Family Friendly Zoo

To the extent possible, I like to visit zoos during my travels. So while in Bismarck this fall I... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Great Family Outing

Took the whole family to the zoo. Walked around a bit to enjoy the exhibits then took the train to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fort Yates, United States
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  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
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“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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602 Riverside Park Rd, Box 711, Bismarck, ND 58504
+1 701-223-7543
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Reviewed today

After visiting other zoos, I've come to the decision that the Dakota Zoo is just average. It's fun to go to the first time, but it gets old fast.

Thank BigBillR
Reviewed 6 days ago

To the extent possible, I like to visit zoos during my travels. So while in Bismarck this fall I toured the Dakota Zoo. This zoo is smaller than my local zoo at home but did not disappoint. There is a good variety of animals -...More

Thank Wendybeth16
Reviewed 1 week ago

Took the whole family to the zoo. Walked around a bit to enjoy the exhibits then took the train to go around the entire zoo.. Everyone enjoyed themselves and it was a beautiful day as well. Had a picnic in the park next door. Our...More

Thank 471gretab
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I grew up around one of the best zoos in the world, but it's big. Coming to this smaller zoo was a great change of pace, and it wasn't so busy that the animals get bored of seeing people. It was a cold day, so...More

1  Thank catrockbsen
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Our whole family enjoys the Dakota Zoo. Nice clean environment with great animals to see. Fun family friendly attraction!

Thank 100krisj
Reviewed October 2, 2018

watching the animals this time of the year when it is cooler outside makes them more active and they tend to show off more to the public

Thank Inspiration18625
Reviewed September 16, 2018

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 September 14, 2018

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 September 8, 2018

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 September 4, 2018 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
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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