Zoos in SIOUX CITY with kids

It’s animal time in Sioux City, Iowa and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Sioux City because this The Hawkeye State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum

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    (74 miles) Sioux Falls

    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 ...

  • Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo

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    (91 miles) Omaha

    Step into the rainforests, deserts, wander through an ocean and more all through total immersion exhibits at this family friendly Nebraska zoo!

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  • Play All Day

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    (2 miles) Sioux City

    Offer over-the-top fun for under 10s with awesome inflatables and age zoned play stations that engage young imaginations and exercise little bodies!

  • Gobs and Gobbs of Fun

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    (61 miles) Norfolk

    Featuring a multi level climbing structure, Air Hockey and Ping Pong tables, ride on toys, wooden trains, Lego, pretend play, toddler toys, Wii and XBOX w Kinect!

  • BounceU Omaha

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    (91 miles) Omaha

    Offers it's trademarked standard of inflatable fun, with offerings ranging from classic bounce houses and slides to mazes, obstacle courses and more including organised games, music, toys and other ...

  • Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center

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    (5 miles) Sioux City

    A visit to Stone Park would not be complete without a visit to the Dorothy Pecaut Nature Center. The center features a variety of interpretive displays, including a "walk-under" prairie, a 400-gallon ...

  • Woodbury Conservation Area

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    (5 miles) Sioux City

    Welcome The Woodbury County Conservation Board invites you to explore nearly 5,000 acres of unique conservation lands. You will find a tremendous variety of outdoor recreational opportunities ...

  • Missouri National River

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    (60 miles) Crofton

    Kids who visit the Missouri National Recreational River are in for a treat! Recreational activities abound here. They include hiking, fishing, canoeing, boating, and picnicking, just to name a few.

  • Loup Parks

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    (89 miles) Columbus

    The District owns, operates and maintains five parks and recreation areas containing 265 acres of land and 1,100 acres of water. These facilities are open to the public from May 1 to November 1 ...

  • Omaha Botanical Gardens

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    (90 miles) Omaha

    Gained from a visit to Lauritzen Gardens today are tranquility, appreciation of nature's beauty and wonder, inspiration for visitors' own gardens and the pleasure of watching the seasons change and ...

  • Marble Beach State Recreation Area

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    (93 miles) Spirit Lake

    Marble Beach\\\'s campground is the largest in the Iowa Great Lakes region.Spirit Lake is the largest natural lake in Iowa and provides some of the best fishing in the state. Crandall\\\'s Beach ...

  • Fontenelle Forest Nature Center

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    (95 miles) Bellevue

    Walking or hiking the trails of Fontenelle Nature Association is an experience unlike any other within the Omaha metro area. FNA owns and manages 2,000 acres of conservation land and 26 miles of ...

  • Kings Pointe Waterpark

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    (63 miles) Storm Lake

    Indoor and outdoor fun for all ages at this Iowa waterpark next to Storm Lake. All year round swimming fun!

  • Wild Water West

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    (74 miles) Sioux Falls

    Your ticket to summer fun with this splashing water park in Sioux Falls, as well as go karts, batting cages and paintball!

  • Columbus Aquatic Center

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    (88 miles) Columbus

    The Aquatic Center is one of the finest indoor public pools in Nebraska. The pool is open seven days a week, 12 months out of the year. A variety of programs are offered to meet the needs of the ...

  • Pawnee Plunge Water Park

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    (90 miles) Columbus

    Nebraska's family water fun park, offering terrifying plunge slides, fun family rides, interactive water play zone and more.

  • Coco Key Waterpark Omaha

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    (90 miles) Omaha

    Waterpark fun at Coco Key Water Resort slides, a kiddie pool, water attractions and lots of family fun to cool you down!

  • Fun-Plex Waterpark

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    (92 miles) Omaha

    A water and amusement park which includes wave pools, kids' pool, waterslides, go-cart track, tilt-a-whirl, bumper boats and cars, miniature golf, and batting cages.

  • Columbus Art Gallery

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    (89 miles) Columbus

    Performing arts events for schools and the general public ranged from ballet to theatre and from storytellers to concerts. The Gallery has presented over 200 formal exhibits and offers a gift shop ...

  • Poppys Pumpkin Patch

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    (66 miles) Norfolk

    Kids fun in Nebraska at this cute pumpkin patch, with a hay bale maze, pony rides, nature walks, a petting zoo, and a zip line!. Sweet family fun for all ages!

  • Loves Jazz and Art Center

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    (87 miles) Omaha

    A unique center featuring African American Arts Exhibits, and where families can learn all about the rich cultural and heritage of jazz music!

  • Pirates Cove Mini Golf

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    (87 miles) Arnolds Park

    Arrrr those swashbucklers will love putting their way through the 18th century, with waterfalls, and pirate ship ruins in this fun 18-hole mini golf course!

  • Valas Pumpkin Patch

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    (95 miles) Gretna

    Family fun at this sweet pumpkin patch, with caramel apples, the hay-rack rides, and the Pigtucky Derby Pig Races! Over 50 attractions, live shows and entertainment to top your family day out off in ...

  • Arnolds Park

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    (88 miles) Arnolds Park

    Classic amusement park FUN in Iowa for the whole family! Built in 1889, this historic theme park has classic rides and attractions, as well as dining, shopping, and live concerts - all on the shores ...

  • Fun Plex

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    (92 miles) Omaha

    Thrilling rides, water park fun, as well as go-karts and mini-golf: an exciting family day out in Nebraska!

  • Sioux City Public Museum

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    (1 miles) Sioux City

    The Sioux City Public Museum preserves and shares the heritage of Sioux City through a variety of exhibitions, programs and historic structures. We tell the stories of our community through ...

  • Blue Bunny Ice Cream Parlor and Museum

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    (23 miles) Le Mars

    Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of the Iowa Cream Capital of the World, home of Blue Bunny Ice Cream, in Le Mars, IA.

  • W H Over State Museum

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    (33 miles) Vermillion

    At the W. H. Over Museum we are rich in the history of the land. From its early beginnings the museum has collected and exhibited the natural history materials of the state and region. The ...

  • Sanford Museum and Planetarium

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    (47 miles) Cherokee

    The Sanford Museum offers a variety of educational programs for groups on subjects including Astronomy, Geology, History, Natural History, and Prehistory.

  • Pierce Historical Museum

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    (61 miles) Pierce

    Visitors to the Pierce Historical Society Museum enter the complex through a new 3,000 square foot building. The main part of this large building is a virtual main street of of Pierce's past.

  • Shelby County Historical Museum

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    (80 miles) Harlan

    Welcome to the Shelby County Historical Museum, located at the corner of Pine Street and Morse Avenue in Harlan. Opened in 1975 as a Bicentennial project, the facility has grown to four buildings ...

  • Mormon Trail Center

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    (84 miles) Omaha

    A historical experience at the Mormon Trail Center, where you can re-live the lives of those part of the great "Mormon Migration"

  • Joslyn Art Museum

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    (89 miles) Omaha

    As Nebraska's largest and most distinguished art museum, Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has served as the premier center for visual art since opening in 1931. Joslyn's collection features work from ...

  • Platte County

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    (89 miles) Columbus

    Travel Thru Time! History Gallery containing discoveries of fossils, Indian stone tools, artifacts and photographs of early Platte County, settlers and communities. Rooms of Victorian clothing, ...

  • Omaha Childrens Museum

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    (89 miles) Omaha

    A fun and hands-on experience for kids, where they can challenge themselves, learn, explore, and discover how the world works and learn through play!