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Great Plains Zoo to Offer Two Hours of Free Admission on Sunday, July 1

June 28, 2018

Great Plains Zoo visitors will receive free admission on Sunday, July 1 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. as part of the continued celebration of the opening of its new exhibit, Fortress of the Bears. 

“The Great Plains Zoo is grateful for the tremendous support we’ve received from the Sioux Falls community during our journey to build the new Fortress of the Bears exhibit,” said Elizabeth A. Whealy, President and CEO of the Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History. “Welcoming children and families for a free Zoo visit is just one way we can thank our generous and enthusiastic community of supporters.”

The $2.7 million project features four Brown Bear cubs, along with enhanced viewing and educational opportunities for the Zoo’s more than 300,000 annual visitors. Not only does the new exhibit add enriching habitats for the Zoo’s Bears, Fortress of the Bears creates interactive opportunities for the whole family, including a playground and a field research station for children. A new training demonstration window also will give visitors the chance to view behavioral training that Zookeepers do every day with their animals.  

Guests can enjoy various activities throughout the day, including Zookeeper Chats, Giraffe and animal feedings, Savannah Express train rides, and more. For a complete list of Sunday’s activities, visit The Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., with the last admission at 6 p.m. Visit the Zoo online at, or call 605-367-7003 for more information about the Zoo and Museum.


The Great Plains Zoo and Delbridge Museum of Natural History is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering a greater understanding of our natural world through education, conservation, recreation and discovery. The Great Plains Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) – a leader in wildlife conservation. Less than 10% of animal institutions in the United States have met the high standards for AZA accreditation.

  • Love this zoo! Great place to get a walk in and the animals are everywhere! The museum/indoor part is very educational too. Has a lot of shade for when it's hot out. Very clean. Friendly staff.

    Taylor F.
  • We love to visit the zoo. They have great outdoor exhibits and lots to do inside as well. Great for kids and adults.

    Robin A.
  • Lots of great exhibits and animals to see! Fun gift shop and learning center.

    Stephanie N.
  • The museum gives you a break from the sun on hot summer days and has a great selection of animal exhibits from around the world. ¬†The zoo keeps growing and adding new animal habitats or improving existing ones. ¬†Membership offers reciprocal benefits to other zoos around the country.

    Bill T.