Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History

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A “must” stop on your visit to Sioux Falls should include a visit to the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. It is most notable for being home to a pair of rare Eastern Black Rhinos.

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(c) Great Plains Zoo

{This is part 2 of a 5 part series about must-do activities in Sioux Falls:Washington Pavilion, Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History, Outdoor Campus, Sertoma Butterfly House & Marine Cove, and Falls Park}

The zoo is easy to navigate and small enough to see and enjoy everything in an afternoon. The exhibits make it incredibly easy for even the smallest visitors to see the animals.

There is a nice variety of animals to entertain children, including, but not limited to: Bison, Wolf, Bears, Cheetah, Eastern Bongo, Monkeys and more.

To help children discover more about the animal kingdom the zoo offers keeper chats and up close introduction to smaller animals. There is also a junior zookeepers program for older children that are ages 12-18.

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(c) Great Plains Zoo

The Delbridge Museum of Natural History is located on the zoo grounds and offers a look at 150 mounted animals from 6 different continents.

The animals were all legally hunted, years ago, by a local resident that displayed many of them at his hardware store. After his passing, the Delbridge family purchased the collection and donated it to the city of Sioux Falls with a request for it to be on permanent display for everyone to enjoy.

I really enjoyed my visit to the zoo. It is definitely a zoo I would return to again when I’m in the area. 

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(c) Great Plains Zoo


Hours: 10 am – 5 pm


805 S. Kiwanis Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 367-7003


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  3. How fun….can’t wait to take Brody to the Fort Worth Zoo this next year. I’m sure it’s like the one here and this post reminded me that I’ve got to put “visiting the zoo” on my TO DO list for spring 2013!

  4. That looks like a wonderful zoo. I’d love to visit sometime if I’m ever in the area. I’d love to see what it’s like when the renovations are done.

  5. One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to visit the zoo. It looks amazing!

  6. I love zoos!! Wish I had more time to go visit those near me (Bronx Zoo)–Doubt I’ll ever get to Sioux Falls -but if I ever do-this will certainly be a must see stop on my list!

  7. My son would love the Junior Zookeepers program! What a great zoo for families to visit.

  8. How fun does this place look! We loves visiting zoos. I have this bookmarked! Thanks!

  9. you have some really nice animals at your zoo, we do not have any of these! Could you move this zoo down here LOL 🙂

  10. This looks like a great place!!!

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