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The Dakota Zoo

#3 of 34 things to do in Bismarck Features Animals
602 Riverside Park Rd, Box 711, Bismarck, ND 58504
+1 701-223-7543
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Visit with Grandaughter

Visited with Granddaughter. Nice zoo setup, nice train ride, good selection of animals.something... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
via mobile
North Dakota

Fun place to see animals. It's not a big zoo so it made for a nice lazy afternoon. Kids loved... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Radford, Virginia
via mobile
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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.
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  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“train ride” (28 reviews)
“big cats” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 19:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
602 Riverside Park Rd, Box 711, Bismarck, ND 58504
+1 701-223-7543
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Visited with Granddaughter. Nice zoo setup, nice train ride, good selection of animals.something for everyone to see.

Thank DBsputer
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fun place to see animals. It's not a big zoo so it made for a nice lazy afternoon. Kids loved seeing the variety of animals. Also not an expensive afternoon. Good for a budget.

Thank uvawisedude
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very kind and knowledgeable staff. Exhibits are well done, with animals having both indoor and outdoor spaces. Particularly enjoyed bear exhibit.

Thank Vivgoesvroom
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice variety of happy animals. You can take the train around the park or put some walking shoes on and get your steps in while looking for the animals in their nice big enclosures. Definitely go if you like Zoos!

Thank SarahLynnCates
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Of course, a zoo in North Dakota doesn't seem right. Northern USA, winters etc it just doesn't fit. This is a disappointment and not worth the time. Hard to beat San Diego zoo which is what we set as the standard.

Thank bkjjk
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a great time. It was a wonderful small zoo. The animals are not crowed into cages and there is a great selection of animals to see. There are few petting animals and a few you don't often encounter at a zoo, alligators in...More

Thank lisarude
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small exhibit for the bald eagles. Fun place on a hot day. Liked the tiger exhibit and also liked the monkey exhibit.

Thank Sarah K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a surprisingly good zoo, suitable for any age. An impressive range of animals, from many continents, from wallabes to buffalo and birds. Nice wide walkways. Limited concessions which are not excessively overpriced. Little narrated "train" rides (we did not do this), and we...More

Thank cdpd119
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited many times but I/we were not impressed with all the junk, toys, shredded paper & misc. unsightly garbage in the Macaw cages. Can you not make some wooden "toys" or something less unsightly if they need things to do?

Thank Tim M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Extremely family-friendly zoo and excellent for size of of metro area; beautiful big cats and bears'paved walking and with food/recreation amenities on site;

1  Thank Winston C
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Roxann B
10 July 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
6 August 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