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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
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Fri - Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Nice little zoo for a family outing.

This is such a cute zoo. We took the train ride and also walked around with family. The bears were entertaining and the goats wanted lots of attention.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Sarah B
Stockbridge, Georgia, United States
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Stockbridge, Georgia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is such a cute zoo. We took the train ride and also walked around with family. The bears were entertaining and the goats wanted lots of attention.

Thank Sarah B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Dakota Zoo makes for a great family visit. Just inside the entrance is a playground (for running off energy) and furry animals perfect for petting (bring some quarters for hand-feeding the goats). If you don't want to walk the paths, there's a train tour.

Thank Gary G
Shelbyville, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a good time and enjoyed our day. Most of the animals were out and active. Lots of chipmunks running around which thrilled my son. The zoo was clean and friendly staff. The train ride enables you to see all the animals. Take the Time and go, you will be glad you did.

Thank 499brandyf
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

The Dakota Zoo offers a lot for everyone. The train tour is sure to be a hit for children and adults. Set aside some time and take it all it. It's well worth the visit.

Thank Glen S
New Castle, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Enjoyed riding the train through the zoo and afterwards walking around the many paths to see the animals. Many were difficult to see because of so much dense wiring. Picture taking was sometimes difficult as well. Still quite a memorable visit and not overly priced.

Thank JuniorKP
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Great just for an hour or two outing. We took my sister and nieces from out of town that don't have a zoo where they live. We've been too many zoos that are quite large and our favorite is always the African safari and this doesn't have that. So this zoo has a lot of farm animals but does have... More 

Thank myblessings
Cleveland Heights, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

For a private (non-government) zoo, this one has done a great job bringing in unique animals that are fun to see. The grizzly bears are always the highlight for my sons. I love that after all these years you can still feed the farm animals and the prairie dogs. We'll never stop coming here!

Thank Nika P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Took my 2 small children here, 1&3, they liked it. The playground inside the zoo is great and there are more playgrounds very close to the zoo entrance. The animals were sad, but thats zoos. They enjoyed feeding the goats. Tigers were the best and seemed healthy. Many of the displays were closed or down for various reasons; no butterflies... More 

Thank Kate G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

My husband and I usually visit the Dakota Zoo at least once every summer. It is a good size and has everything we would want to see. It is so pleasant walking the paths amongst the trees and animal pens. The food is always good and the price is fare.

Thank 548cheryls
Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016 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.

Thank kandaskw

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