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Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure Salina

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Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure
625 N. Hedville Rd
Salina
KS
67401
Tel: 785 827-9488

Where are we going today?

Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure in Kansas is not only where kids can have that outdoor adventure coming face to face with those amazing animals from across the world, but they can continue their learning indoors with the museum!

Let's start with the zoo - after all, it's the Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure! Families can enjoy a relaxing day out as you stroll past the 100+ animals that call it home.

All of the weird and wonderful creatures that call the zoo home live in spacious, naturalistic environments over the 60 acres of landscaped park. This means they can really be themselves in what would be similar to their natural habitats. We love that!

Kids can try and count the spots on the Amur leopards, or see those unusual markings on the baboons. They can see those icons of the USA such as the brown bear, or even watch those cute sloth bears move!

Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure has creatures from the smallest rabbit, to the biggest rhinos! They will even transport you to the plains of Africa as you come across those grand African Lions!

Once you have completed your journey around the world of animals, head in to the museum where the learning continues! Here, there are 64,000 sq feet of exhibits that showcase the balance between humans, animals and nature. As soon as you enter the museum, you are transported to the African plains as the sun rises.

There are state of the art animatronic human robots that narrate the stories of the balance of life, and how it works within those beautiful landscapes that we know and love.

It's the perfect place for kids to use their imaginations, and feel like you are REALLY in these amazing landscapes across the planet!

Animals, museum exhibits - it's all happening at Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure, and it's about to make your family day out a WILD one!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12.50
  • Children$6 (ages 3-12)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

9am open (8am in summer) / 5pm close (4pm in winter)

Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day and Jan 1

Teachers corner

School field trips are more than welcome, and receive a group discount! You can enhance your field trips with interactive expeditions and live animal classes too! They can also bring the zoo to you.

I'm Hungry!

Overlooking the zoo is the Overlook Restaurant, where you can enjoy grill items, salads, treats, and drinks.

Healthy Eating!

They have healthy options at the restaurants like salads!.

Any Top Tips?

You can enjoy tram rides for $3/day per person! Available weekends only from Labor Day to Thanksgiving, and April 1 to Memorial Day .

Need a little extra help?

You can rent wheelchairs for $6, which is great because the zoo is accessible!.

Baby Facilities

There are strollers to rent.

Can I get one of those?

No visit to a zoo would be complete without a gift shop! The Safari station is filled with merchandise for those animal lovers in the family, as well as unique gifts and souvenirs for you too! The Museum also a a gift shop.

More information

They have seasonal activities too, from tram rides to giraffe feeding!.

What people are saying?

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    I went here in September of 2013 with my wife when my brother was in town visiting us for the weekend. I'm in the army stationed at Fort Riley and, quite honestly, sometimes it can be hard to find quality things to do around the area, but the Rolling Hills Zoo in nearby Salina is one of the best! Only about an hour drive from Fort Riley, this is a great family friendly place to visit and a zoo that has many different species of animals. I've been to many zoos in my life, but I'll have to admit, this is my favorite so far because of many reasons....Read More

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    Terrific zoo. It really doesn't deserve to be called a zoo, as the facility is designed with such attention to the animals' welfare and dignity--making sure they have tons of space to live and move in an authentic habitat, and to the patron's ability to view the animals and get around easily and comfortably.

    It's obvious that the guy who iteratively built the refuge from a barn with a couple bears and a lion into what it is today is someone who really opened his heart and his wallet to build something that is a real treasure in the heart of rural...Read More

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    This is an amazing place. It is a beautiful zoo well maintained and filled with great animals. It is quite the attraction in the middle of nowhere and well worth the price. Kansas is lucky to have such an attraction.

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    Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure is a great place to visit. A large zoo for a small city with a great variety of animals. The zoo is well organized and the animals are easy to see and photograph. Included in the park is a museum and a restaurant. Highly recommend if you are traveling between Denver and Kansas City on I 70. We first visited in June 09 and made a second visit in August

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    We noticed the billboards driving along I-70 and desperately needed a stop for my 20 month old to S-T-R-E-T-C-H! What a pleasant surprise to see a Zoo/Wildlife preserve where the animals are free to roam in large areas. A great selection of rare animals as well as a kid friendly petting area made for a great 2 hour stopover. The cafe has healthy salad and sandwich options. Make sure you add this to your list of places to stop heading E or W on I-70!

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by Brett Huguenard

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I went here in September of 2013 with my wife when my brother was in town visiting us for the weekend. I'm in the army stationed at Fort Riley and, quite honestly, sometimes it can be hard to find quality things to do around the area, but the Rolling Hills Zoo in nearby Salina is one of the best! Only about an hour drive from Fort Riley, this is a great family friendly place to visit and a zoo that has many different species of animals. I've been to many zoos in my life, but I'll have to admit, this is my favorite so far because of many reasons. First of all, the admission price was very affordable, and I'm pretty sure I even saved more with my military discount rate here. Before you begin touring the actual zoo, there is a museum featuring many life-size dioramas inside the main building. This was probably my favorite and most memorable part of the zoo experience for me when I visited. The dioramas are very well done, and I honestly can't emphasize that enough! After touring the museum, head out to the actual zoo and see the many, many different kinds of animals they have here. After seeing everything, the zoo also features a nice gift shop that is stocked with items interesting to people of all ages. Factoring in the diorama museum and all the animals they have in the zoo, if you're stationed here like I am or live locally near the area, this is one of the true gems of entertainment that I've found since I got here a few years ago. I can promise one thing, you won't be disappointed after visiting here!

by David Yarnevich

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Terrific zoo. It really doesn't deserve to be called a zoo, as the facility is designed with such attention to the animals' welfare and dignity--making sure they have tons of space to live and move in an authentic habitat, and to the patron's ability to view the animals and get around easily and comfortably.

It's obvious that the guy who iteratively built the refuge from a barn with a couple bears and a lion into what it is today is someone who really opened his heart and his wallet to build something that is a real treasure in the heart of rural Kansas.

Having been to both, I feel Rolling Hills has as beautiful of grounds, and treats the animals with just as much respect, as the Sydney, NSW (Australia) zoo. It's just a bit smaller (and doesn't have an ocean view).

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