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A Look Inside: The Red River Zoo

The Red River Zoo is a staple in the FM community. Open year-round, the zoo is one of the best places for curiosity to bloom with educational and most importantly, fun activities for the family! Let’s learn a little bit more about the zoo and what it and its residents have to offer as the weather cools down.


Did you know you can rent the zoo? There are opportunities to rent out different enclosed (and heated) areas at the zoo. Kids can have a sleepover while they hang out with the wolves or enjoy a corporate get-together right next to the bison! The Diederich Carousel Pavilion is another great spot for birthday parties and celebrations.


Head to the Diederich Carousel Pavilion for fresh popcorn, Dippin’ Dots ice cream, cotton candy, animal crackers and candy! During the summer visit the Dancing Crane Cafe for more.

The Zoo

The zoo has been open since 1999 and has 22 acres for the community to explore! There are approximately 98 species from around the world at the zoo, with almost all 98 being cold climate species. The zoo follows a walking path to take you to meet all of the animals, but don’t worry—there is an enclosed building by each stop to warm up from the cold.


The Diederich Carousel Pavilion holds a historic spot at the zoo. The carousel is a rare Allan Herschell restored ride, built in 1928 and originally part of a traveling carnival! The carousel had been to Texas, Ohio and Iowa before being restored and donated to the zoo by the Diederich family. The carousel is a special reminder for the zoo, as its donor’s purpose was to give back to the children of the FM community. Rides are $3 and open daily from 10 am-5 pm.

Admission Rate

Children Under 2: FREE
Children Ages 2-14: $8.75
Adults: $11.25
Seniors (60+): $10.25
Carousel Rides: $3.00

Events and Education

The Red River Zoo is engaged in the community. They host events like Boo At The Zoo annually and offer educational classes to all in the community! Learn more about the types of classes and other opportunities offered at redriverzoo.org

Red River Zoo
4255 23rd Ave S, Fargo
Open Daily from 10 am–5 pm

Written by Geneva Nodland

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