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Red River Zoo

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Address: 4255 23rd Ave S, (near junction of I-94 and I-29), Fargo, ND 58104-8786
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+1 701-277-9240
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
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The Red River Zoo is a leading conservation organization for some of the...

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!

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This little zoo is a great way to spend a couple hours with your kids or with friends. It has a little petting zoo and some big animals as well. This zoo is not big though, so be... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
kristenz1360
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Fargo, North Dakota
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Fargo
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20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went with my wife, daughter and grandchildren. Had a wonderful time. Large enough zoo to experience a large number of different animals. Nice little area to get a snack and cool down if it is warm out. Take the kids and have a wonderful day

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Thank jeffreyf698
Fargo, North Dakota
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This little zoo is a great way to spend a couple hours with your kids or with friends. It has a little petting zoo and some big animals as well. This zoo is not big though, so be aware that it will not take a whole day to walk around by any means. It does offer some food but to... More 

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3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have been several times with our 3+5yr old kids. There is a variety of cold weather species, some local and some exotic. They also had a few South American animals, exotic lizards etc. They had some animals we hadn't seen at the MN or Como zoo. There is also a farm with some animals you can feed and pet. They... More 

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Thank NLouAU
Winnipeg
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123 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

This zoo is rather small but it does have a nice barn section. I rate it as average based on experience today. I've been there before during summer months and it was better. Perhaps it's due to the season, there weren't a lot of animals out and about...the river otter had no water to swim in, he was just lying... More 

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Thank Queenlisab
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5 reviews
Reviewed 9 April 2017

I love seeing zoos in different cities, and hold a membership to my local zoo. With that, I paid half price at the Red River Zoo, and would have been a bit irritated to pay full price to be honest. I knew the zoo was small going in, but on top of there being a small selection of animals, even... More 

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Thank musicobsession
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

The zoo always looks very nice and clean. The employees are friendly. I observe the animals. They look healthy and well taken care of. I'm glad we have wolves in our zoo. I'm glad we can see the wolves up close. They also serve good food and do fun things for the kids. I know the zoo director. I will... More 

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Thank Ali M
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This is a great zoo to see if you have a couple of spare hours- unlike larger zoos, it is convenient to visit if you have 1 to 2 hours to spare. Small and cozy, it is a lovely place to visit and seem some local and exotic animals.

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Thank bayso001
North Dakota
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We went with my 3 year old Godson this last summer - he had a BLAST. My 12 year old guest however was not impressed. With what basically amounts to farm animals plus a Red Panda it can be a little less that amazing, but my Godson absolutely adored the goats and horses, all the animals he could pet. It... More 

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Thank Erin B
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23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I've visited the zoo about once a year for the last 5 years. I recently went with my kids and was pleasantly surprised by the new addition of the family/volunteer building back by the farm animals. It was colder than our usual summer visit, and my son loved getting to warm up indoors and play a board game. Feeding the... More 

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Thank Beth B
Fargo, North Dakota
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50 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017

I've been here a couple times and I just think it's pretty average. No one real big attraction. Grounds were clean.

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