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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 #11 of 28 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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Elysian, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We went to this zoo to kill a few hours in the afternoon and were surprised with it! It's honestly the perfect size and took us about an hour to briskly walk through. Our son is only 2 years old so his attention span on the animals was minimal and we didn't spend more than a minute or two at... More

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winnipeg
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was our second visit to the Great Plains Zoo. We had visited about 6 years ago, and were pleased to see that some significant upgrades have been made during that time interval. The giraffe exhibit is still one of the highlights for sure. Overall this is a decent medium sized zoo. There were no real problems, but aside from... More

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Columbus NE
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Being from Nebraska, we know and appreciate Omaha's zoo but since we were in the area, we wanted to take in another zoo and we were pleasantly surprised! It's SO much more enjoyable simply because it is not of such a monstrous size! Sure, it wasn't as sparkly as others we've been to but it also wasn't as expensive. It... More

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Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

Visited here during our one day in Sioux Falls on our way to the Badlands and the Black Hills. Great smaller zoo. Very well kept, very well laid out on a nice piece of land. We were there right after the park opened, so we were able to see the morning feeding. Several species of birds and animals I hadn't... More

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Rose Creek
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It was a nice smaller zoo. It was nicely spread out. And lots of places to sit down. Which was nice because I have a bad back. Nice gift shop too.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is not one of the most exciting zoos you can go to. It is pretty small and I would not plan to spend more than a day there. We brought our two kids (4 and 7) and they had a decent time. There is a small area for kids to try to feed some farm animals through holes in... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I took my family from out of town here. The Zoo is a lot bigger than it looks with a variety of animals. However, the animal enclosures were far too small with little to no enrichment activities. Many animals appeared distressed as they were pacing. I would not visit again as I felt the animals deserve better and there appeared... More

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Waseca, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I've taken my young grandsons here a couple of times. The grounds are nice, with windy paths & enough shade to keep from roasting in the summer. The selection of animals to view is pretty disappointing, though. Also, there are a few places where the path leads a long way to... nowhere. Just a dead end. They could at least... More

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Babbitt, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Lots of animals to see. They were all visible which was nice. The train ride was very lacking. It's just a small ride and there were no animals to see except the giraffes along the way. It was very hard to understand what the interpreter was saying,

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

All personnel seemed to be very friendly. It was very clean except for the goose poop. We visited late in the day, so it was probably worse than earlier in the day. It was nice seeing different animals than at zoos where we have visited. Admission was very reasonable.

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