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Sanford Carrousel

The custom-designed carrousel consists of six horses, three zebras, an elephant, white rhino, gorilla, dolphin, deer, rooster, cheetah, and two panda bears. The Carrousel also has a handicap-accessible bench seat.

Open weekends only from April 20 - Memorial Day.

Girl riding carrousel at Great Plains Zoo

Savannah Express Train Ride

Tour Africa on the Zoo’s train, the Savannah Express! Enjoy a behind-the-scenes guided tour from our train conductor.

Open weekends only from April 20 - Memorial Day.

Train ride at Great Plains Zoo

The Farm Store in the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm

Need a bucket of feed? Want something cold to drink? Purchase everything from ice cream to mining supplies at the Farm Store.

Open weekends only from April 20 - Memorial Day.

Kids feeding goat at petting zoo

Mining Sluice

Pan for gems or fossils at the mining sluice in the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm.

Closed for the season.

Kids playing in Farm Mining Sluice

Koi Dock

Get up-close to Koi Fish! This dock allows kids to feed and pet these giant fish!

Soft Play Area

Relax and refresh while the kids play on the indoor soft playground in the Delbridge Museum of Natural History. 

ZooVie Theatre

This area lets kids see themselves in projected movies as they dance with the animals.

  • 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.