Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History

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

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

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.

great plains zoo

(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. The zoo is currently undergoing a transformation and I want to make an effort to visit when they are done. While Great Plains Zoo is already a great zoo, the transformation is going to make it an even more magical place to visit.

great plains zoo

(c) Great Plains Zoo

GREAT PLAINS ZOO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Hours:

April – September
9am-6pm (grounds clear by 7 pm)

October – March
10am-4pm (grounds clear by 5pm)
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Years Day

Admission:

Adults (Ages 13-59) $7.50 + Tax
Youth (Ages 3-12) $4.50 + Tax
Infant (Age 2 & Under) Free
Seniors (Ages 60+) $6.75 + Tax

Location:

Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History
805 S. Kiwanis Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605) 367-7003

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