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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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Great Zoo

Love the variety of animals, size of the zoo, great for all ages and plenty of room to walk and enjoy at ever age and pace.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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Bismarck, North Dakota
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Love the variety of animals, size of the zoo, great for all ages and plenty of room to walk and enjoy at ever age and pace.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed the zoo long before we had kids. Now with boys ages 6 and 2, it is a must do a couple times a summer. The animals are awesome. Our favorites are the bears, tigers ad monkeys. The playground is great and too. You can easily spend 2-4 hours here as a family.

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Thank Deana W
Henderson, Nevada
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Bismarck zoo is fantastic! We recently visited the zoo and it is huge. This zoo spans quite a bit of acreage yet, is fairly easy to navigate even for youngsters. I recommend buying a daily pass and a train pass. Upon entrance to the park go feed the goats, mini horses and pigs. They will eat and eat and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Dakota Zoo was so much fun! Loved seeing the Tigers and Bears! Our 2 year old was completely enthralled! We really liked how there was hand sanitizer at every petting zoo section.

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

As a animal lover it was great to see so many different animals. Enjoyed the different birds! Price of admission was very reasonable. Very friendly in the gift shop!!

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

Great zoo for family time! They do a nice job of keeping it very clean. Easy to get around. Nice updated monkey and lion habitats.

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Thank Cindy K
Aberdeen, South Dakota
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our first visit to this zoo was over 20 years ago. This was our second trip. They've expanded several times and upgraded the exhibits a lot. They have a good selection of animals, a concession stand and a small gift shop. Take the train so you can see where everything is, put on your walking shoes and get a roll... More 

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Thank LISA L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pay the extra 2.50 and ride the train, it helps you find the animals you want to see. Make sure you bring bottled water.

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Brandon, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Cute zoo. Great for families with small kids. Good place to visit if in town. Lots of animals to see. Has concession and a cute train ride for 2.50 to tour the zoo.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First, I love zoo's so we tend to stop at them a lot. There were some bears and wolves which we don't have in our home zoo so that was fun. However, the zoo is small. If you are used to Omaha or Kansas City this is very tiny in comparison. This would have had a better rating but I... More 

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