Where is it at?

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The Dakota Zoo
600 Riverside Park Road
Bismarck
ND
58502
Tel: 701 223-7543

Directions

From the West * From Interstate 94 drive east to exit 156. * Turn right at exit 156 and travel approximately 3.4 miles to Washington Street. (Washington Street is the first stoplight after crossing over the Missouri River.) * Turn left onto Washington Street and drive to first stoplight (Arbor Avenue). * Turn left onto Arbor Avenue and travel approximately 1/2 mile to the Zoo entrance road--sign on the left. (Arbor Avenue curves to the right as it nears the Zoo entrance.) * Turn left into the Zoo entrance road. From the East * From Interstate 94 drive west to the first Bismarck exit (exit 161). * After exiting, turn left and follow Bismarck Expressway approximately 5.4 miles to Washington Street. * Turn right onto Washington Street and drive to first stoplight (Arbor Avenue). * Turn left onto Arbor Avenue and travel approximately 1/2 mile to the Zoo entrance road--sign on the left. (Arbor Avenue curves to the right as it nears the Zoo entrance.)

Where are we going today?

Dakota Zoo has been giving families memorable days out since it began in 1961. With only 15 acres, the doors opened onto only 75 mammals and 23 birds.

Now, many families later, Dakota Zoo covers a whopping 90 acres, and have over 600 animals! That's pretty cool! There are 125 species represented at the zoo, so there is plenty for the kids to learn about!

Have you ever seen the teeth of a Mountain Lion, or seen the colorful head of the Sandhill Crane? Kids can check out the alligators just lounging around, or take photos of those beautiful tigers!

At Dakota Zoo, the kids won't just be learning about the animals, their habits and their habitats, but also of conservation and of those animals who are endangered. Creatures like the Snow Leopard can give them an insight into why we need to look after our animals, as well as learn about what is being done to protect them!

The Discovery Center is a place all kids should visit at Dakota Zoo. Here, there are hands-on displays, as well as aquariums, and computers where they can continue their education on the natural world!

If they have a bit of energy they can always run and enjoy the large playground just outside! There are gardens to stroll through, and even trains! Yep! And you thought it was just all animals!

There are two trains which can give you a fun 30 minute rides through the zoo itself. Check out what wildlife you might spot on this experience just for choo..ooops, we mean YOU!

Dakota Zoo also have incredible experiences that you can get involved in, from breakfast at the zoo and even an annual Children's Day with races, prizes and games!

Amazing fun! And you thought it was just animals!

 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$7.50
  • Children$4.50 (Ages 2 to 12)
  • Free Under: 2 years.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

10am - 7pm Summer. 1pm - 5pm Winter (Oct to April)

All year round

Teachers corner

They love having students! There are animal programs you can enjoy for a discounted rate of $2.75 per student, including teachers. Give them a call to work out the details!.

I'm Hungry!

There is a concession stand where you can enjoy snacks, as well as an ice cream parlor for those tasty treats! No outside food can be brought in.

Healthy Eating!

There are water fountains, as well as water sold.

Any Top Tips?

You can feed some of the animals in the barnyard areas food pellets bought at the zoo. .

Doing our bit

The zoo have a conservation fund that focuses on wildlife conservation across the globe. .

Need a little extra help?

The zoo is handicap accessible, as are the trains! There are a limited number of wheelchairs available to rent.

Baby Facilities

Strollers are available to rent at the concession stand, and all restrooms have changing tables.

More information

Train rides are $2.50.

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    There is no zebras giraffes elephants or lions. This I guess is good for a first time experience if you have little kids. Was very disappointed.

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    Love them. Awesome place to volunteer

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