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“a rare nice day in January” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History

Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History
Ranked #6 of 55 things to do in Sioux Falls
Certificate of Excellence
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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”.
Hartford, South Dakota
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24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“a rare nice day in January”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

If the weather is nice and the kids like animals, take them to the zoo! The zoo has made some very nice improvements in the last few years and is now a place I would recommend to visitors of the city.

Visited January 2014
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Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States
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60 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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“Great Family Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I love to take the family to the zoo for a few hours at least a few times throughout the year. Not only is it great in the midst of summer, but there are less people and lots of animals to still see even during the winter. It is a great value and kids will definitely love the petting zoo!

Visited July 2013
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Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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498 reviews
257 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
“Great Improvements!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

This was our second visit to the Great Plains Zoo and Museum. The entrance has been transformed, making it more astatically pleasing and adding to the overall first impression of the zoo. The new snow monkey exhibit is great and designed very well for both the living collection and the visiting guests. The rest of the zoo was filled with exciting species like guanacos, tigers, giraffes, and flamingos. The contact area is great for kids and animal enthusiast adults like ourselves. the zoo is spread out, making it a great active day for anyone who decides to see the entire zoo. the attached museum is a bit dated, but the collection is amazing. Great value can be had by the guests by having the museum and zoo all in one- at one low price. We are zoo members at the Red River Zoo in Fargo, ND so our admission was free. Wonderful afternoons and memories can be made at the Great Plains Zoo.

Visited July 2013
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
1 review
“Great fun for kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We were there this summer with our one year old. This is an excellent weekend getaway for kids. It is not too huge but has all the animals that your kids are going to want to see. The train ride is fun but we couldn't get to see many of the animals during the ride. Overall, it's a great fun place to be for kids.

Visited August 2013
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Aberdeen, South Dakota
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3 reviews
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“Great Zoo!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

It's not a large zoo, but it is quite nice. Laid out very well, has a wide variety of animals and exhibits and is a good place to spend 2-3 hours.

It's really only lacking a good bug/snake exhibit. The existing one is very tiny and not a good variety.

Visited October 2013
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