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The Dakota Zoo

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602 Riverside Park Rd, Box 711, Bismarck, ND 58504
+1 701-223-7543
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Very nice

Passing through the area and decided to go here for the day. While not an extremely large zoo, they... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
DaveinBoston
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Boston, Massachusetts
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pretty good family outing thing to do.

First time going to the Zoo - finally had a chance after 6 years. The animals were kept very well... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Luz B
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Elk Grove, California
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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.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“train ride” (28 reviews)
“big cats” (10 reviews)
“farm animals” (5 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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602 Riverside Park Rd, Box 711, Bismarck, ND 58504
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+1 701-223-7543
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"train ride"
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"big cats"
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"farm animals"
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"large variety of animals"
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"monkey exhibit"
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"discovery center"
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"monkey house"
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"spider monkeys"
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"snack bar"
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"few hours"
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"bison"
in 7 reviews
"kids love"
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"walk around"
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"gift shop"
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"all ages"
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"well worth the visit"
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"fun place"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Passing through the area and decided to go here for the day. While not an extremely large zoo, they had a great variety of animals, especially birds - and it was a very pleasant trip at a very good price!

Thank DaveinBoston
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Reviewed 5 days ago

First time going to the Zoo - finally had a chance after 6 years. The animals were kept very well. Not too many out as expected during the month of April due to the weather.

Thank Luz B
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Haven't been to the Dakota Zoo in many many years. Not much has changed some new habitats. However for the most part the same type of animals. More monkeys which was nice to see. No horses except 2 miniatures not even a regular cow. Over...More

Thank NorthDakotaMexico
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Dakota Zoo has changed quite a bit since we were there last. The new enclosures are nice with more on the way! We went in the afternoon which I regret because a lot of the animals were sleeping out of sight or in the...More

Thank Scott W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of close animals to view. Most were out and in good spots to see them. They have some young ones that are very fun to see.

Thank Steven P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thought that Bismarck, being the Capital of ND, the zoo would be fabulous.We were disappointed... Minot's Zoo is much nicer and cleaner.

1  Thank Beautifulbluewaskesi
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

While this is small by zoo standards, there is a good variety of animals and a lot of interactive fun for children ie feeding the goats, small horses and donkeys. Easy to walk around with plenty of shade trees and covered areas to picnic. Good...More

Thank Angela C
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Reviewed December 21, 2017 via mobile

My son loves the zoo. We always walk around look at the animals, then play on the playground, ride the train, get some snacks, then play on the playground again. We love it there.

Thank Angie G
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Reviewed November 7, 2017

We have traveled to some great zoos but the zoo in Bismarck is one of the best. We are so lucky to have it in our state.

Thank Pauline H
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Reviewed October 11, 2017

I really enjoy visiting this zoo. There is a mixture of native and non native animals with great exhibits. I love taking kids here for the learning opportunities that are provided. I recommend the Dakota Zoo to anyone.

1  Thank Todd M
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