What’s Happening

Helpful Tips to Plan Your Trip

Are you planning a trip to the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, SD? You’ve come to the right place to find out what’s going on at the zoo right now. Browse the updates and schedules below to make the most effective use of your time at the zoo, and make sure you don’t miss out on any of our exciting events. You can pre-purchase carousel or train ride tickets or browse the menu at the Roar Café. Check back here often as we continually update this page with all the happenings and events planned at the zoo.

Plan Your Trip

Attraction Tickets Available Online!

Now offering the GPZ Ride Pass - 6 rides for $15!

Add it on when you purchase your tickets online or ask about it at the Admissions window on your next trip to the zoo!

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You’ll definitely work up an appetite during all the fun and excitement at the zoo.
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Wild Wednesday Nights

Join us every Wednesday night this summer from June 5 through August 7, for two EXTRA hours of zoo fun!

Experience special activities like giraffe feedings, mini-horse walks, yard games, and more. Plus, don't forget to treat yourself to a snack or adult beverage from our gift shop.

Whether you're looking for family fun, a unique date night, or just a midweek escape, Wild Wednesdays have something for everyone!

Vet Schedule

*Subject to change based on animal needs

Friday Bookworms

Fridays at 10:30 AM. Join us in the classroom for an animal story, activity, and an animal encounter!

Upcoming Zoo Events

May 25

Leap Into Summer (GPZ)

June 8

World Ocean Day (BHA)

June 17 - 22

World Pollinator Week (BHA/GPZ)

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Sanford Carousel

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