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Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History

Address: 805 South Kiwanis Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Phone Number: 605-367-8313
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Ranked #11 of 21 Attractions in Sioux Falls
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
Owner description: The Great Plains Zoo offers visitors an up-close look at more than 1,000 animals, from anteaters to...
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Type: Natural History Museums, Zoos & Aquariums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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”.

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San Diego, California
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234 reviews 234 reviews
102 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A nice zoo with great looking exhibits. There is a lot of empty space and plenty of room for growth. The area beyond the giraffes is nice and open but there is nothing out pass that way and a little out of the way. The rhino exhibit is world class with a close view of them. The tiger exhibit area... More 

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South Dakota
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The zoo has had many updates, with more coming. The recent Zoo Boo, which happens every year in late October for three consecutive days (Friday - Sunday), saw over 10,000 visitors and was a great success. Some of the animals are moved to warmer climates for the winter, but many are still here and the Museum is very interesting (and... More 

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Saco, Maine
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Nice selection of animals. Liked the rhino's. Bison were good too. Just an average zoo, may be a little above, Would give it three and a half.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We actually thought this zoo was really good. No crowds, lots of animals, and some unique sights. We loved Ricochet, Liam, and Onyx were so much fun to watch!

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Dryden, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Even during the off season it was fun (but seriously charging us full price when the carousel, restaurant, and safari ride (aka a chunk of Africa stuff) is not working is not so smart). The stuffed exhibits aka the museum part were really well done. The zoo layout was good up until the africa savanna. No signs for directions and... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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76 reviews 76 reviews
30 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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115 reviews 115 reviews
17 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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249 reviews 249 reviews
145 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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