Top 15 Wildlife Parks & Zoos in Kansas

Feeding the giraffes at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard Kansas (photo copyright Wichita Mom)

Wildlife parks & zoos in Kansas are the perfect family activity for tourists and natives alike. These are our favorites – and several of them are free!

Check out our Kansas Road Trip Bucket List here!


Brit Spaugh Zoo & Raptor Center

2123 Main St.
Great BendKS 67530

Admission: FREE

The Great Bend Zoo features species from around the world and also maintains a Raptor Rehabilitation Program. 

David Traylor Zoo

75 Soden Road
Emporia, Kansas 66801

Admission: FREE

The David Traylor Zoo is one of the smallest accredited zoos in the nation. On display are nearly 400 specimens of birds, mammals and reptiles.

Here are some more fun things to do in Emporia with kids!

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

13800 Switzer Rd.
Overland Park, KS 66221

Admission: $5 per person; children 2 & under FREE

Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is home to more than 250 animals and birds! Visitors can also learn about growing flowers and vegetables, tour a one-room school house, and take a stroll through main street to the fishing pond.

Check out more fun things to do with kids in Overland Park here!

Hutchinson Zoo

6 Emerson Loop E
Hutchinson, KS 67501

Admission: Suggested donations of $5/ family or $2 per person

The Hutchinson Zoo is a fun summer spot for families. With a splash river, train, and lots of animals, kids will love spending an afternoon here!

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Kansas State Insect Zoo 

1500 Denison Avenue
Manhattan, KS 66506

Admission: $3 per person, kids 3 & under FREE

Located on the K-State campus in Manhattan, the Insect Zoo is a unique attraction bug lovers will enjoy! The zoo features a number of exciting educational exhibits, including a Tropical tree/flooded Amazonian Rainforest, Tropical Nighthouse (Cave), Observation Beehive, a Mock Kitchen, a Freshwater Display, and a number of terraria with numerous species of tropical insects, tarantulas and spiders, scorpions, and other arthropods.

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Lee Richardson Zoo

312 E Finnup Drive
Garden City, KS 67846

Admission: FREE for pedestrians, $10/car to drive through

The Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City, Kansas, is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and is home to hundreds of native and exotic animals. The 50-acre property features over spacious animal habitats, walking paths, playgrounds, picnic areas, and shady avenues for guests of all ages to enjoy.

Riverside Park & Ralph Mitchell Zoo

400 Mickey Mantle Way
IndependenceKS 67301

Admission: $5 per person

The Riverside Park & Ralph Mitchell Zoo boasts animals, a train, a carousel, and mini golf! Don’t miss this fun family attraction if you’re passing by Independence, KS.

Rolling Hills Zoo

625 N. Hedville Road 
Salina, KS 67401

Admission: Adults $15, Seniors $14, Kids 3-12 $9, Kids 2 & under FREE

The Rolling Hills Zoo in Salina, KS boasts big cats, primates, mammals, reptiles, and “kids country” farm.

Check out more things to do in Salina with kids here.

Safari Zoological Park

1751A CR 1425
Caney, KS 67333

Admission: 13+ $14.95, 2-12 $12.95, Under 2 FREE

The Safari Zoolical Park in Caney, KS is the highest rated Kansas zoo on Trip Advisor! They ask visitors to always check their hours via their Facebook page.

Boat at Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita KS

Sedgwick County Zoo

5555 W Zoo Blvd
Wichita, KS 67212

Admission: Adult (12+): $25; Senior (65+): $22; Child (3-11): $22; 2 & under FREE

With a train, boat, giraffe feeding station, and stingray exhibit, it’s no wonder the Sedgwick County Zoo is the highest-rated attraction in Wichita on TripAdvisor!

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Sunset Zoo

 2333 Oak Street
 Manhattan, KS 66502

Admission: Adults $6, Kids $4, 2 & under FREE

While you’re in Manhattan, be sure to stop by the Sunset Zoo to see their exhibits of over 150 animals!

Don’t miss more family fun & things to do with kids in Manhattan KS here.

Tanganyika Wildlife Park

1000 S. Hawkins Lane
Goddard, KS 67052

Admission: Day passes begin at $34.95 for kids and $39.95 for adults

Get up close and personal with the animals at Tanganyika Wildlife Park in Goddard, KS (just west of Wichita). You can pet & feed a variety of animals – including birds, kangaroos, lemurs, giraffes, and more! They’ve even got a splash pad and playground.

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Topeka Zoo & Conservation Center

635 SW Gage Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66606

Located in the heart of Gage Park, the Topeka Zoo has been a favorite destination for kids and adults since the 1930s. Today it features more than 300 animals amidst acres of native horticulture.

Don’t miss these other fun things to do in Topeka KS with kids!

Wright Park Zoo

71 N 2nd Ave
Dodge City, KS

The zoo currently is home to about 126 animals representing 30 or so species from almost every continent of the earth and entertains 60,000 visitors a year. In October of 2010, the zoo gained accreditation with the Zoological Association of America (ZAA).


Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium

6800 Zoo Drive
Kansas City, MO 64132

Admission: $19-22

Not in Kansas, but close enough! The Kansas City Zoo and newly updated aquarium are a family favorite.


Erin Bartel
Erin is a marketing consultant in Wichita KS. She spends her days helping businesses and non-profits navigate the ever-changing waters of digital & local marketing and homeschooling her kids. She and her daughter also own Sassy Squid Ink, an imprint designing notebooks, journals, and sketchbooks. A mother of 2 happily married to her college sweetheart, Erin's hobbies include bribing herself to exercise, traveling with (and without) her family, and trying to remember where she hid the chocolate.