It's all about the animals and learning fun at Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History!
This fun family day out destination in Sioux Falls is home to 1,000 amazing animals, representing 137 species – from anteater to zebras. It's here the family can enjoy up-close views of these animals from all over the world. You can meet a giraffe, see the tigers play, rhinos in their element and a jumping, hooting array of primates in the award-winning Snow Monkey exhibit.
You can see animals from North America that you might be very familiar with, including the impressive black and brown bears, iconic American bison, and even the red wolf.
Africa comes to life with the zebra, wild dogs, and even animals you may not have heard of before, including the Eastern bongo.
The family can even enjoy a taste of Asia with the endangered snow leopard and amur tiger.
The Zoo also includes the Delbridge Museum of Natural History, a rare collection of 150 mounted animals, including 38 “vanishing” species. This was donated from a private collection back in the 1940s to 1960s, when the animals were hunted legally. Today, kids can see these creatures up close, and also continue their learning experience.
A fascinating and WILD day out in South Dakota, where animals and education come together!
$12.75 + Tax
Ages 2-12: $9.25 + Tax
Seniors: $11.75 + Tax
Located in the lobby of the Delbridge Museum of Natural History, the Kids’ Clinic play area provides hands-on opportunities for the Zoo’s youngest visitors.
When you arrive check any listings for feedings, shows and activities happening. Most are seasonal, but if they are open, plan your day around them! You could see a Zoo Keeper chat, feed a giraffe or enjoy story time
Grab a soda or a snack at the Maasai Market Café (Seasonal) or the Gift Shop's Coffee Bar (year-round). Maasai Market Café serves a variety of food including cheeseburgers, chicken strips, pizza, corn dogs, nachos, popcorn, pretzels, and ice cream.
The Great Plains Zoo is located at 805 S. Kiwanis Avenue, just one block south of 12th Street and the U.S.S. South Dakota Memorial.
The Great Plains Zoo offers a variety of education opportunities including ZooCamps, ZooCub classes, Keeper Chats, and Creature Features!
No visit to the Zoo is complete without a trip to the Gift Shop! There you’ll find a large assortment of plush animals, clothing, games, and jewelry. Grab and Go food and beverage items are also available in the Gift Shop.
Wheelchairs are available at no charge from Guest Services on a first come first serve basis. Photo I.D. required.
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Family restrooms and Mother’s Nest, a comfort room for families who need a private moment, are located across from the Gift Shop. Strollers are available to rent from the Zoo’s Gift Shop. $5.00 for single stroller and $7.00 for double stroller. Strollers are available on a first come, first served basis. Photo I.D. required.
Summer: 9am - 7pm Mon - Sat, 11am - 7pm Sun. Times for other seasons vary so check online before you go (Last admission 1 hr before close)
Open daily except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve/Day & New Year’s Day
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