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Family Camp Out

Enjoy the great outdoors overnight at the Great Plains Zoo with our new Zoo Family Camp Outs! 


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We’ll pitch our tents near the Rare Rhinos exhibit and enjoy animal encounters, a fire pit and evening snack, and an after dark tour of the Zoo!  In the morning, we’ll have a light breakfast, meet more ambassador animals, and take another tour before the Zoo opens. 


Zoo Family Camp Outs are appropriate for families with kids ages 6 and up. One adult can accompany up to five children; everyone ages 17 and under must have a responsible adult with them at the event. Each participant must be registered to attend, including adults. 



Ages 13 and up: $35 members/$40 non-members

Ages 6-12: $25 members/$30 non-members

*Non-member registration includes Zoo admission after the program concludes.


Advanced registration is required.  Registration closes 4 days before the program begins.


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Upcoming Dates:

May 21, June 11, and July 16

Family Camp Outs begin at 8 p.m. and end at 9 a.m. the next morning. 


Families will need to provide their own tent and bedding, and are encouraged to bring folding camp or lawn chairs.  A full list of what to bring will be sent to all participants in advance of the program.


If you need any additional information, please contact us at or call us at (605) 367-8313 x233.

  • 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.