Dakota Zoo is operating on Summer Hours

Open Daily 10:00AM-6:00PM, weather permitting


During the month of May, concession and train hours will be limited;

4:00-6:00PM on weekdays and 10:00AM-6:00PM on weekends


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.


Join us for our 62nd season as we present a fun filled schedule of events sure to please people of all ages! Opening Day for our 62nd season is April 29, 2023.


Support the Dakota Zoo by becoming a zoo member today. Annual memberships are available online.