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Facility Rentals

With several large spaces available, the Great Plains Zoo can accommodate your group for meals or meetings.  We have an on-site group services coordinator who can help you with all the details of your event!  Let us assist you with logistics and catering so you can focus on the content of your event.  

Rental Locations

  • Savannah Park:Located near the Zoo’s African Savannah, this location can hold up to 3,000 guests.  It is the ideal setting for large concerts, festivals, corporate functions, and more.
  • Pavilion: Located in the heart of the Zoo, this location features a small covered pavilion and can accommodate up to 800 people.
  • Shoreline: Located along the river, this location can be configured for many different events. It can accommodate approximately 300 guests.

Ready for a Wild Time?

For more information, please contact us at 605.367.8313 ext. 233 or email

Unique Options

The Zoo offers a unique, fun and relaxing experience for you and your guests no matter what the occasion. Take advantage of all we have to offer by adding one of these exciting options with your rental:

  • Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm: Get up close and personal with our farm animals! Make some new friends while feeding them their favorite snacks. A feed bucket will be provided to your group. (weather dependent)
  • Savannah Express Train Ride: Tour Africa (the exhibit, not the continent) on the Zoo’s train, the Savannah Express! Enjoy a behind-the-scenes guided tour from our train conductor. (seasonal/outdoors – weather dependent)
  • 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. (seasonal – weather dependent)
  • 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.