Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum Sioux Falls
Where is it at?
Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum
805 S. Kiwanis Ave
Where are we going today?
Home to 1,000 amazing animals – from anteater to zebras – the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, SD offers up-close views of animals including giraffes, tigers, rhinos and a jumping, hooting array of primates. The Zoo also includes the Delbridge Museum of Natural History, a rare collection of 150 mounted animals, including 36 “vanishing” species.
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 2 years
When can we go?
April – September 9AM - 6PM (grounds clear at 7pm) October-March 10AM - 4PM (grounds clear at 5pm)
Open daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
The Great Plains Zoo offers a variety of education opportunities including ZooCamps, ZooCub classes, Keeper Chats, and Creature Features..
The Zoo’s Zootopia Gift Shop is open year-round. The Maasai Market Café is open seasonally, from April – September. .
Need a little extra help?
Wheelchairs are available at no charge from Guest Services on a first come first serve basis. Photo I.D. required. Restrooms are located in the lobby of the Delbridge Museum and in the Maasai Market. Seasonal restrooms are located near the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm..
Can I get one of those?
In the Zootopia Gift Shop you’ll find a large assortment of plush animals, clothing, games, and jewellery..
What people are saying?
As a long-time zoo member, I thought I'd respond to a few of the criticisms and give a brief overview. Yes, if you visit a small, Northern zoo in the winter, cold blooded animals like alligators will not be sitting outside. If they were left out there, they'd die. And yes, the african/warm climate animals like the Giraffes and the Zebras and Rhinos aren't left outside to die. You can find them in the helpful areas that are marked "winter viewing". The zoo is not "empty" in the winter. It's just cold. So, there will be no train ride, because it's...Read More
by John Traveler
This is definitely the most photographer friendly zoo I have visited. The majority of exhibits have a vantage to catch the residents in a natural looking setting without the obvious ZOO things in the background. Wonderful experience and I'll be bacK.
The Delbridge Museum would be worth the admission all by itself. Add in not trying to gouge people with parking fees and it's a great attraction Sioux Falls should be proud to have.
by izzy schuety
Paid too much,all the animals fur looked nasty,they looked drugged,none of them moved around,the exit does not allow you to get back in and when I asked about a refund I was told to drive over to another building and speak to the owner. I felt she was very rude. Im sorry but I would rather walk in the woods for wildlife fun. Yeah great lots of half dead looking animals in captivity but not my thing..
by Diane Plante
We took our grandchildren and there moms to the zoo on March 26, 2013. We paid the full price. It was off season but I wish someone at the front desk would of told us we would not see any animals. At least let someone know and make the choice to pay the full amount. They should look at a discounted price for off season. We went to the Watertown , SD zoo the next day and it was Great. Ask before you pay. There were two people at the front desk.
by Henry Wallin
Loved it .lots of fun. great animals .
As a long-time zoo member, I thought I'd respond to a few of the criticisms and give a brief overview. Yes, if you visit a small, Northern zoo in the winter, cold blooded animals like alligators will not be sitting outside. If they were left out there, they'd die. And yes, the african/warm climate animals like the Giraffes and the Zebras and Rhinos aren't left outside to die. You can find them in the helpful areas that are marked "winter viewing". The zoo is not "empty" in the winter. It's just cold. So, there will be no train ride, because it's cold and not fun to ride a cold train. The carousel is also closed, because again, kids get cold and it's no fun. On the occasional warm, weekend day, they will open these attractions as the need arises. The animals are not "drugged" or "half dead", but believe it or not, some animals sleep from time to time. If you'd like them to dance for your amusement, go to the circus.
Ok, now that I've gotten that out of my system, I'll talk about the zoo itself. In the past year, the zoo has undergone extensive refurbishment. There's a brand new entrance, a new store, and a beautiful new Snow Monkey exhibit. The african rhino exhibit is only a few years old, and is state of the art. There's a mixture of new and older style exhbits here, and as donations come in, the older exhibits have been removed and/or updated. This is a great zoo for the size of the city, and is easily the best in the state. It's not huge, but it's nice, and a lot of fun. My son and I go all the time, year round. He loves the farm area, where he feeds goats and ducks. We also enjoy the tigers, and the bears. He loves the alligators as well. So, come to the zoo! Just be realistic about what it is. Want an enormous, multi billion dollar experience? Then drive to Omaha. :)