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Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History

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Address: 805 S Kiwanis Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-3716
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The Great Plains Zoo offers visitors an up-close look at more than 1,000...

The Great Plains Zoo offers visitors an up-close look at more than 1,000 animals, from anteaters to zebras, penguins to porcupines, and including an exciting animal collection often not found in larger zoos: tigers, snow leopards, giraffes, rhinoceros, flamingoes and a variety of primates.The Zoo also includes the Delbridge Museum of Natural History, a local treasure that houses a rare, one-in-the-world collection of 150 mounted animals, including 36 “vanishing species”.

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All I can say about this zoo is........Albino alligator. I am still mesmerized by that creature. The kids enjoyed all of the exhibits.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Pierre, South Dakota
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South Dakota
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57 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The weather was so unseasonably warm in February that we decided to go to the Sioux Falls zoo as an outing. Perhaps it was the winter viewing with the spring weather but, I was disappointed. The animal environments were quite depressing and overall there wasn't as much of a selection of animals as I expected. The museum area inside with... More 

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the Sioux Falls zoo this past fall. It is quite nice for a small city. Some of the animal attraction need some major updating & cleaning. Plywood boarding needs to be replaced with attractive siding or something. Some of the cages needed major cleaning on a regular basis. Inside the front of the zoo, housing the Delbridge... More 

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Pierre, South Dakota
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54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

All I can say about this zoo is........Albino alligator. I am still mesmerized by that creature. The kids enjoyed all of the exhibits.

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Thank Tarea O
Brandon, South Dakota
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to get a membership this year and I couldn't be happier we did. I have gone to this zoo with my son and wife a few times within the first month of getting the membership and it never gets boring. The excitement it brings to my son's face is worth every penny!

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Le Mars
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Exhibits are spaced nicely so you don't have to walk forever to see one animal. Friendly staff, clean and well maintained.

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Thank Ann P
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Sioux Falls is fortunate to have a great zoo! It's unique and my friends from out of town/state agree. There's both indoor and outdoor activities along with seasonal events for the whole family. Wear comfortable shoes, it's bigger than it appears from the curb and you'll want to stay a while and take advantage of all animal viewing, hands on... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

We took our grandson there to see some of the animals. the cages were very dirty and it just didn't look great.

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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

It's all about knowing what to expect. This zoo is very nice as a small city zoo. It has a decent selection of animals in some very nice enclosures (the snow monkey exhibit is very nice). There are some parts of the zoo that can use an update and the brown bear exhibit is soon to be getting a face... More 

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Modi'in, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

A very nice small-city zoo, with a variety of animals. You'll enjoy it alone, on a date, with your family, with small or big kids..

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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We were in the area of a Baptism and decided to make our trip to Sioux Falls into a mini family vacation. We surprised our 6 kids with a visit to the zoo, they all love it. We are members at the Minnesota Zoo and we appreciated that they give a discount to MN Zoo members, it helps keep the... More 

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