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The Dakota Zoo, Bismarck

4.3
#1 of 20 in Outdoors in North Dakota
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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  • 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.  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 Dak...  more »
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  • Reasonable pricing. Friendly staff. Decent selection of animals. Low budget atmosphere. Overall a decent place to spend the evening but not worth 5 stars.
  • Nice little zoo. Reasonably priced. Not so huge that it is overwhelming or exhausting, but still a wide variety of animals. Animals seems to be well taken care of. One thing I always find odd is that zoos (not exclusively this one) often have bald eagles in enclosures where they are unable to fly. I understand that some of these birds have been injured and are unable to live in the wild, but it still seems strange to have our symbol of freedom in captivity.
  • We go to the zoo a lot and kids always enjoy themselves. The membership is well worth it as there is too much to see in one visit. The Zoo Snooze and camps are great.
  • Ok so I do love this zoo mostly for nostalgias sake. It is slowly improving finally. Many of the animals have small, outdated enclosures. Some animals seem pretty miserable every time we visit. I do realize the zoo is probably limited mostly by their donations I just wish they could start fresh in another location with larger habitats for the animals and more stimulating things for the animals to do. We love the zoo memberships reciprocity in other cities and states.
  • Nice kid friendly .. they have a lot of fun activities on holidays for the kids.. just wish they had a bigger selection of animals

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