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The Dakota Zoo

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Closed Now: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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definitely worthwhile

I spent a full morning in the zoo. You can make a nice walk through the park and see all animals... read more

Reviewed February 10, 2019
The Netherlands
space and serenity

wonderful space to walk and take children segmented shade on hot summer days and variety of... read more

Reviewed January 23, 2019
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“train ride”(31 reviews)
“big cats”(12 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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All reviews train ride big cats good size cotton candy large variety of animals exotic animals petting area feed the animals kids will love gift shop well worth the visit walk around few hours lots of space favorite part all ages couple of hours
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Reviewed February 10, 2019

I spent a full morning in the zoo. You can make a nice walk through the park and see all animals. There are many trees and, consequently, many areas with shadow. I liked the collection of animals, which are native to North America, very much....More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed January 23, 2019

wonderful space to walk and take children segmented shade on hot summer days and variety of animals. The food available is good but expensive. There is a park literally out the door, so. have a picnic and play on the updated park equipment. The picnic...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed January 5, 2019

Well kept~ animals are happy and they have a great gift shop and Staff is very friendly and helpful The gazebo and rose garden are really pretty and they have some great plans for future additons

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank raiderwoman
Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

Awesome zoo with plenty of shade on those hot days. Clean zoo and nearby places to eat. Our favorite area were with the pigs.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kelly B
Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Nieces and nephews always request to go to the zoo when they visit, love the petting zoo and the monkeys! Many fond memories. A must when visiting Bismarck!

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mgensburg
Reviewed November 29, 2018

Great exhibits and varieties with good room for the large animals. I love the expansion int he back for all the plains animals. That would make for great walks.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Damon S
Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

Great local zoo, nice selection of animals, snack shack, zoo train & gift shop. The zoo is also adding new exhibits in the near future. Great place to visit especially with young children.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank brianbS6292II
Reviewed November 13, 2018

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.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank BigBillR
Reviewed November 7, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Wendybeth16
Reviewed November 6, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
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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