The largest zoo in North Dakota is the Dakota Zoo, which is home to more than 600 different animals. The wide variety of animals makes this zoo a wonderful place to visit because you can see bison, mountain lions, prairie dogs, and other native animals all in one location. There are other fun things to take in while you are at the Dakota Zoo like the Land O’Lakes Ice Cream Parlor, the play area for families and kids, as well as the Antler Trading Post. Most Dakota Zoo visitors really enjoy the Leach Express and Tribune Express trains while they are visiting. This is plenty of fun for the entire family and kids of all ages.
If you are in the Bismarck area and interested in seeing some native animals and spending a glorious day at the zoo while enjoying ice cream, train rides, and just a lot of fun then you will definitely want to take the time to visit The Dakota Zoo. It is affordable and a wonderful day trip for the entire family. Admission to the Dakota Zoo is very affordable with children under two entering free of charge, kids 2-12 are $3.50, and 13 and up are $6.50. There are reduced rates during the winter months.
The Dakota Zoo is located in Bismarck, North Dakota, and their phone number is (701) 223-7543. The summer hours (April 23 to September 28) for the zoo are 10 am to 7 pm daily. The grounds close at 7:30 pm and the zoo closes in inclement weather. The zoo is open until 8:00pm June 4 to August 20. The winter hours are shorter and run from October until April 24 from 1 pm until 5 pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.