This Saturday, May 25, is a day you'll absolutely want to spend at the Great Plains Zoo and Butterfly House and Aquarium! 

From the opening of the all-new splash pad to zookeeper chats, animal encounters, inflatables, yard games, bubble machines and so much more!

Great Plains Zoo splash park
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Plus the fantastic zoo carousel and Walkabout Australia are open for the season.

The zoo's Leap Into Summer schedule looks like this:

  • 9:30 AM-4:30 PM - Splash Pad Open
  • 9:30 AM - Animal Meet & Greet (Plaza)
  • 11:30 AM - Brown Bear Zookeeper Chat
  • 11:30 AM - Animal Meet & Greet (Plaza)
  • 2 PM - Animal Meet & Greet (Plaza)
  • 2:30 PM - Komodo Dragon Enrichment
  • 3 PM - Primate Feeding
  • 4 PM - Animal Meet & Greet (Plaza)

Additionally, you should know that every Wednesday this summer will be a "Wild Wednesday" at the zoo. They'll have extended hours until 7 PM from Wednesday, June 5 through Wednesday, August 7.

Great Plains Zoo
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Make this the summer that you do some exploration and expand your imagination at the Great Plains Zoo and Butterfly House & Aquarium.

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For more information see the Great Plains Zoo and Butterfly House & Aquarium or call 605-215-6392.

Sioux Falls Area Farmer's Markets

We can finally go outside without our nose hairs freezing! It must be spring in South Dakota. And when the days are warm that means the gardens are growing. It's farmers' market time in Sioux Falls.

Fresh produce, locally made goods, great people, and a good time are found at these farmer's markets around Sioux Falls.

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