Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1-5 pm (weather permitting)
Safety measures being undertaken include:
Admissions - signs will be present to remind guests to practice social distancing, encourage patrons that are 65+ and/or vulnerable in some way to covid-19 to please wear a mask. Visitors that are ill or have a fever will be asked to return another day.
Gift Shop - The number of patrons allowed in the store at one time will be limited to 10. (We will have masks available at the gift shop for a nominal price.)
Trains - the two brand-new trains will be operating and extensive work has been performed to establish separate “pods” to allow riders to remain isolated from others. (Trains and concessions will operate Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting during October. Trains and concessions will not operate November-April)
Concession Stand - concessions full menu is available and the ice cream parlor is open. Social distancing signs will remind guests to stay safe during their waiting in line. (Trains and concessions will operate Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting during October. Trains and concessions will not operate November-April)
Restrooms - restrooms will be operational and guests will be encouraged to practice social distancing and use the facilities one person at a time.
Animal Protection - some animals have been shown to be susceptible to coronavirus. Zookeepers are wearing masks when working around those species and some guardrails have been bolstered to protect the animals.
Disinfecting Practices - key areas will be disinfected several times daily.
Given the spacious grounds of the Dakota Zoo (90 acres), the facility can provide a safe place for visitors to spend time outdoors and enjoy animals and nature. We ask that all visitors heed the signs and practice social distancing as they visit.