We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Tough to find!”
Review of Red River Zoo

Red River Zoo
Ranked #2 of 38 things to do in Fargo
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: The Red River Zoo is a leading conservation organization for some of the world's rarest cold climate species. We feature world class exhibits on over 33 beautiful acres. Founded in 1999, we are constantly growing into a leading attraction in the Fargo Moorhead area. Our new interactive Children' Zoo Farm and Nature's Legendary Playground open in 2016! Come in and see for yourself!
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Frederick
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Tough to find!”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

We felt the signage should be a little larger. Saw the first sign as we were coming into town, but got a little lost looking for it. There appeared to be a lot of improvements going on, BUT
All in all it was great!! My granddaughter really enjoyed it. It was warm the day we were there but the route gave us shade in many areas. It was nice to see that a graduation party was also in progress. Thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Keep up the good work.

Visited June 2013
Helpful?
Thank Coralie A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lisa T, Manager at Red River Zoo, responded to this review, October 9, 2013
Thank you for your review! We agree that our directional signage is not as good as it could be. We are working to improve that and will hopefully have new signage soon.

Thank you again!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

224 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    88
    83
    45
    5
    3
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Texas
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Really Tiny & Nothing Special”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

The zoo was tiny and there were no exotic animals. And they charged big city prices to get in. If you wanna see some chickens and some peacocks wandering around then go check it out. Otherwise, save your eight bucks.

Visited July 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank duaneide
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lisa T, Manager at Red River Zoo, responded to this review, October 1, 2013
I am sorry that you did not see the whole zoo. We do have chickens and farm animals in our Children's Zoo farm, but it is just a small part of the Red River Zoo. We have 89 species of exotic animals including some of the world's rarest cold climate species. Two of our species are so rare that you will only see them in two other zoos in the United States (the Tanuki and Russian Red Tree Squirrels). We are a leader in conservation for the Chinese Red Panda and Pallas Cats. We also have a wonderful gray wolf, eagle,takin, crane, and many more exhibits. We just opened Otter Rapids which features underwater and above ground viewing for our North American River Otters. I sincerely hope that you will come back and take the time to see the entire facility. We have over 22 developed acres. Thank you for visiting and I hope you will come again.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Fort Collins, CO
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great place to stop with kids”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

I was thoroughly impressed by the Red River Zoo. It is small, but really the perfect size to take kids to. It takes 1-2 hours to go through, depending on how much you stop to look. It's very clean and you can tell they are constantly improving their exhibits. There's a fun petting zoo and the carousel is a lot of fun. Reasonably priced gift shop.

Visited September 2013
Helpful?
3 Thank kimmyk2314
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Winnipeg, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Clean & well designed”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

This past August was my first visit to the Red River Zoo.

It is small in comparison to other zoos I have been to however, it was a nice size and very well laid out. My daughter loved merry-go-round and the petting zoo.

Make sure to bring quarters as they have some feeding stations where you can purchase pellets and feed the ducks/geese or the horse/cow/donkey & goats.

The Grey Wolf exhibit was beautiful. The river otter exhibit was not yet complete but we look forward to seeing it next year. We also missed the red panda as it was simply just too hot the day we visited.

Not too badly priced for a zoo and can be seen within 2 hours without rushing through & stopping for a couple of animal feedings. They do have some wagons there for free if you're lucky enough to get one.

Not badly priced for

Visited August 2013
Helpful?
2 Thank Emmapawprints
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Fitchburg, Wisconsin
Level 6 Contributor
576 reviews
289 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
“Great March Visit.”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

We are happy to be members of the ever growing Red River Zoo. This little zoo is the ‘youngest’ zoo in the state and it has big goals for its’ future. The Otter Rapids are under construction and even though their home isn’t ready, the otters are on display in the contact area. The spring is one of the best times to see all of these cold climate animals enjoying the weather. If you live in the area, your best bet would be a membership as they pay for themselves after just a few visits. Loved our march visit and look forward to our next.

Visited March 2013
Helpful?
3 Thank JesseWhite
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Been to Red River Zoo? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing