Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum
16th and Kiwanis Ave., Sioux Falls, SD. 605-367-7003. www.gpzoo.org
Adults $6.80, 3-12 $3.80, Seniors 60+ $6.00, 2 and under free. Free parking. Stroller accessible. Restrooms available.
A zoo in the winter in the northern states isn’t always a great idea, but the zoo in Sioux Falls has the benefit of having a museum attached, so even if you can’t brave the cold for long, you can learn something indoors. We visited on a quiet January day and had the place nearly to ourselves.
The Delbridge Museum consists of mounted animals in varying habitats; the kids liked going from the tundra to the desert and seeing the different animals that live in the different continents.
Then we headed outside to the zoo, where there weren’t a lot of animals in view due to the weather. We did make the rounds to see a few animals, but most were not on display because of the cold.
The zoo and museum were a nice stop to get the wiggles out of the kids before a long car ride, but it would have been a lot more fun in the summertime when more animals are there to see.