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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
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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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We live in Bismarck and try to get to the zoo several times during the year. Great for adults and kids alike. The grand-kids love the train ride thru the park and enjoy the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
SherM577
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We live in Bismarck and try to get to the zoo several times during the year. Great for adults and kids alike. The grand-kids love the train ride thru the park and enjoy the spring visits when the new babies arrive. A recommended stop for everyone!

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1 Thank SherM577
Eau Claire, WI
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5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We travel quite a bit and have been to many many zoos. This is a nice little zoo!! It's very clean & easy to make your way through. It took us about 1 1/2 - 2 hours to peacefully walk through the grounds. The exhibits are clean and it's obvious the animals are well cared for. There is a nice... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great place to take small children. They enjoyed watching the bears and monkeys! The small tunnels going into each exhibit brought your closer to the animals and was very safe especially when the tiger was sitting on top of the dome!!!!

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1 Thank LaurellB
South Bend, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Really loved this zoo! Nice selection of animals! Great cat collection and friendly staff. Can make short or long visit depending on what is wanted. Check it out!

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1 Thank Lee F
Bismarck, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been visiting this zoo since I could walk. The train will take you on a ride through the zoo if you want to see the highlights. It is a nice shady place to roam around. They have a large variety of animals and plenty of programs for little ones. They have an ice cream shop, snack bar, and... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Easily one of my favorite zoos I've ever visited. Amazing opportunities for kids. Lots of big cats and exotic hooved animals. Loved the foxes and birds of prey too! I've never been so close to so many majestic creatures. If you're not up for walking the whole thing, the train ride gives you the opportunity to see everything in about... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just got our first family membership to the zoo, as we now have a toddler. He loves our weekend trips to the zoo. I like that there is a park within the zoo grounds. The trains offer a unique zoo experience. Concessions are good, and offer a decent variety. Most of the times we are there the animals are... More 

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1 Thank V2141EUsa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This zoo has lots to offer. Good variety of animals, large play area, train rides, indoor education center, etc. The family pass is definitely a good value!

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Beach
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We tried to walk it but then took train. It would be nice if train would stop for people to look at animals longer. Some of the animal cages need some work. The monkeys were very cool. I wanted to see the moose but he was hiding

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Grand Forks, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The ability to interact with some of the animals was the highlight for my boys. A wide variety of animals are on hand, and the enclosures are set up to give you a good line of site to most species.

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