Lee Richardson Zoo Garden City
Where are we going today?
Have you ever heard the phrase "Oasis of the Plains of Kansas"? If you have, you might have just heard people talking about the Lee Richardson Zoo!
If you LOVE animals, then this place is for you! It's home to hundreds of animals - from the exotic to those native just to Kansas. From elephants, bears, lions, giraffes, birds, primates...and so many more from all around the world, kids can really love and learn about these beautiful creatures.
The Lee Richardson Zoo sits in about half of the 110 acres Finnup Park, so it really will make for a beautiful family day out! There are more than just animals in the zoo of course. There are over 50 landscaped acres which form Garden City, with walking paths, a fun playground for kids, and picnic areas. Why not bring your own lunch and enjoy a relaxing day!
But of course, you want to hear about the animals don't you! Of course you do!
There are over 300 animals from all over the world - covering over 100 species. Best leave a few hours for this one! There are also many endangered species which are part of the Species Survival Plan. This is an incredible way for kids to learn about our planet, what we're doing to it, what the consequences are of not looking after it, and why we should be caring for these animals.
It's an invaluable experience for them.
From kangaroos, wolves, lemurs, snakes and lizards, those little creepy crawlies, deer, and rhinos...from the weird to the wonderful kids will love getting up close to these amazing animals.
The Lee Richardson Zoo also holds events and camps across the year, so make sure you put these dates in your diary so you don't miss out!
Don’t forget your camera - there are some amazing memories about to be created!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsFree (but $10 to drive through instead of walking)
When can we go?
8am - 7pm (closes 5pm Labor Day to March 31)
7 days a week. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day
The zoo LOVE to have students come and visit! They can explore the fascinating world of nature, with guided walking tours, eduction center programs, and even day camps!.
The Safari Shoppe sells cold drinks, and snacks like popcorn and churros. They also sell sandwiches.
If you want to make sure you're eating healthy, why not bring a picnic and enjoy a lunch with the animals! .
Any Top Tips?
The admission is FREE to walk through, but if you want to drive through then it's $10 per vehicle. Not a bad deal! .
Doing our bit
The zoo make sure that they educate all who come on the importance of these animals in our world, and they are part of the endangered species program to help save the numbers. .
Need a little extra help?
Give them a call before hand to check the accessibility for those needing a wheelchair. .
Can I get one of those?
The Safari Shoppe has books, shirts, and animal themed toys, just to name a few, so save that pocket money! .
Why not have your birthday party at the zoo! It's a fun way to celebrate that special day with the animals - they would love to be a part of it! .
What people are saying?
by kyle sexson
Amazing zoo. Free to walk through and cheap for a drive in Day pass. The lawns are great for picnics and barbeques, and the animals are awesome.
by Mike Pollock
The animals are never out to enjoy
by Luke DeWitt
Exceeded my expectations by a lot. This zoo had a great selection of animals, good decor, and generously sized cages for the animals. And it was free!!! This might be my favorite zoo.
by A Google User
Great place and its FREE To walk around. In a world where nothing is free you can't beat this. Lots of animals, very clean and did u mention free.
by A Google User
Great, considering the area and local demographic.