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Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History

805 South Kiwanis Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
605-367-8313
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Ranked #12 of 29 Attractions in Sioux Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos, Natural History Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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”. « less
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Kansas City, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

It was a nice little zoo that had a lot of animals. It was well laid out & the animals were pretty active.

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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71 reviews 71 reviews
28 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Okay, okay, it isn't outrageously expensive (9.50 + tax for Adults) and parking is free. Yet, I did expect more. I was through the entire thing in less than 1.5 hours and the place has dead ends. For example, I walked all the way to the end of the Safari walk to find that not only were no animals out... More

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Agar, South Dakota, United States
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106 reviews 106 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Run of the mill animals. We went at 4 p.m., so maybe that had something to do with the lack of movement by the animals. The most memorable part were a rhino peeing on someone and turtles trying to procreate. In my opinion, if this is what a family takes from the zoo.... it needs some work. The staff was... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We took our 10, 7, and 2 year old to the zoo. It was a nice way to spend an afternoon. It took us about 3 hours to tour it. The animals were sometimes hard to spot. Not nearly the exotic species you would see at the Omaha zoo. But overall was not overcrowded with people and a nice relaxing... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We have visited many zoos across USA and abroad. This was a pleasant surprise. The Natural History Museum is great for kids to get a close look at the animals. And then the zoo. Unique exhibits - albino alligators, anteater, red wolf, snow monkeys, emus, rheas, and 7 giraffes. Great children petting zoo and monkey house. Overall nice visit.

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USA
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207 reviews 207 reviews
136 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Pros: Nice animals. The penguins were great fun to watch. The exhibits' glass is kept clean, so you don't have to peer through fingerprints and smudges. The zoo is growing, and the new exhibits are as nice as the old ones. Cons: It was late and rainy when we got there so not all of the animals were out. The... More

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Mitchell, South Dakota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Very nice well maintained zoo. It's not a huge zoo, but it does have some really cool animals. The snow monkeys are awesome! Reasonably priced.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This zoo has a lot to offer and doesn't require you to spend the entire day here. The animals are healthy, the setting is pretty and there is a petting zoo and train for children. I love going here.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We visited this zoo 8/1/2014. The weather was mild for the 1st of Aug. so the animals were fairly active. Monkeys were entertaining and we spent about 2 hours wandering through the exhibits. The Zoo was clean and well kept. An easy walk through as the area is fairly flat, no big hills.

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Wall Lake, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

This zoo is just a regional zoo with limited animals and limited imagination. Yes, the exhibits are not varied or expansive, but it was a perfectly acceptable Saturday with the grand daughters, and we would go back.

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