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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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Best Zoo Ever

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pauline H
Great place to see ND native and non native animals

I really enjoy visiting this zoo. There is a mixture of native and non native animals with great... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
Todd M
Mandan, North Dakota
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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)
“grizzly bears” (6 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
602 Riverside Park Rd, Box 711, Bismarck, ND 58504
+1 701-223-7543
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 12 October 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.

Thank Todd M
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Fun time and nice outdoor walking activity. You can enter The Bismarck Zoo from the bike path which is nice access!

Thank Mary B
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

It was very nice place, clean and inviting to young children. We rode the train which our little one was very excited about. They are doing a lot of work on the place so we hope to go back when the work is done. Wishing...More

Thank Rose G
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Amazing crew and a wide array of beautiful animals!! Fun for all ages! Reasonable prices! Reasonable concessions with delicious ice cream!!

Thank rayannv2017
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I take my grandkids to the Bismarck Zoo every year. The walking paths are enjoyable. Wish there were a few more big animals. But I can sit and watch the big cats for hours.

Thank Brandy F
Reviewed 4 September 2017

We ended up in Bismarck a few extra days as our car died and needed something to kill time so we went to the zoo. It was a very manageable zoo to walk and we spent an hour and half there. Delightful!

Thank rdkrejci2
Reviewed 2 September 2017

While in the midst of a family road trip, we stopped at the Dakota Zoo on a Saturday morning. I'm from Chicago and while this is the largest zoo in North Dakota it was a lot smaller than what I was used to. That being...More

1  Thank Dave F
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

I haven't been to a zoo in years and then I went to Bismarck not sure what to expect. I was blown away by the time I got through the gate! Very informative and fun! They have concessions and water throughout the zoo.

Thank Doug_Morse
Reviewed 24 August 2017

First time visiting. For a smaller zoo, it was nice. My group were all adults, and I felt it was more tailored to little kids vs whole family. Several enclosers were empty. Lots off weeds growing everywhere.

Thank tameez1
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Roxann B
11 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
7 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