They have really expanded the zoo from the time i last attended which was a few years ago, went from being a zoo that was essentially just for viewing animals to now being a zoo with a variety of activities for everybody to enjoy. Would recommend to anyone traveling through Sioux Falls/living in Sioux Falls with children
My wife and I went out with our new camera and took some picures. It was January and the Temp was right around 20 degres. Almost all of the animals were out on display it was great. We got some awsome shots. The place was almost empty we practicly had the whole zoo to ourselvs. The African Exibit was not open that was our only complaint. Other than that I would love to go again.
I am used to the Omaha zoo, so I was disappointed in the SF zoo lack in size. However, the SF zoo, you get ALOT closer to the animals. The gift shop was pricey, but, what gift shop isn't. As far as admission, it is at the high end of what I would be willing to pay. They do need ocean exibits though.
The museum was neat, tons of mounted animals in somewhat realistic poses.
The museum is really interesting, with a lot of mounted animals to see, nicely set up in diorama settings. The zoo is average, we are from Omaha and nothing seems to compare to our zoo. We felt that the grounds were rather pretty and that they tried to make it nice here, but we were disturbed by the condition of some of the enclosures....many had no fresh water in their tiny ponds, the water was old and full of algae and appeared to not have been changed recently. A few of the animals, namely the antelope near the entrance and the big cats just didn't look that healthy. The bear was cute though and they have a pretty good monkey house. Overall, it was okay, but we say this admitting that we are very spoiled by the zoo in our hometown.
On our first trip to the zoo with our son, I had a fantatic time. We all enjoyed looking at all the animals. Our son still talks about the zoo all the time. I think that it is a good family activity. The gift shop can be a little spendy so if you plan on shopping bring some extra cash. Other than that I thought the price to get into the zoo itself was very reasonable. The museum was also very interesting to look at, although the animal were the best part.
I took my 4 yr old to the zoo, talk about boring and disapointment....there werent hardly any animals and we went during the time of year when there should have been plenty. The cost was pretty spendy and the exhibits are not very interesting at all. Total disapointment. We will be going to Omaha next time instead...it's worth the drive.
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