Zoos in Kansas with kids

It’s animal time in Kansas, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Kansas because The Sunflower State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Emporia Zoo

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    Emporia

    Kids will love getting up close with the many species of animals in the Kansas zoo, with a blend of native and exotic birds and animals housed in an area with beautiful landscaping and horticultural ...

  • Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure

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    Salina

    Over 100 animals in this Kansas zoo, plus a 64,000 sq ft museum that takes you on a journey between humans, animals, and the world!

  • Sedgwick County Zoo

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    Wichita

    Over 3,000 animals, and nearly 400 species from all over the world at this Kansas zoo, with boat tours, animal feeding, and a tram tour too!

  • Safari Zoological Park

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    Caney

    A charming zoo that feels animals belong in their natural habitats, offering zoo tours, photos with animals, and tree house fun!

  • Sunset Zoo

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    Manhattan

    Home to over 250 animal species. During summer you can drop in on keeper chats, conservation talks and feedings including chimpanzee, sloth bear and otter.

  • Topeka Zoo

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    Topeka

    A family friendly zoo in the heart of Gage Park in Topeka, with beautiful animal exhibits, fun animal events and encounters, and a children's zoo too!

  • Lee Richardson Zoo

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    Garden City

    Share your Kansas family day out with the animals! This unique zoo is home to hundreds of Kansas native animals, and exotic animals. With a playground, gardens, picnic areas and events, it makes for ...

  • Wright Park Zoo

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    Dodge City

    Over 120 animals and birds at this small county zoo in Wright Park, where kids can come face to face with beautiful animals from around the world

  • Tanganyika Wildlife Park

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    Goddard

    It's the most interactive zoo in all of Kansas! You may find yourself face to face with a kangaroo, have a giraffe eating out of your hand, or look up to a ring tailed lemur on your shoulder! Highly ...

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  • Monkey Bizness

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    Shawnee Mission

    Indoor play fun for kids up to 8 years with inflatable courses, bouncers, play structures, jungle gyms and more!

  • Pump It Up Shawnee Mission

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    Shawnee Mission

    Fun open jump for active kids, as well as family jump time and birthday parties in this indoor fun center in Kansas! Great bouncing fun!

  • Going Bonkers

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    Topeka

    Kids can climb, jump, bounce, slide, and weave their way through an amazing five levels of fun exercise and play, with a separate toddler area for the little ones and more than 50 arcade games!

  • Emerald City

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    Overland Park

    Open play for active kids in Kansas, with trampolines, rock wall, foam pit and more, plus great gymnastics classes!

  • Scott State Park

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    Scott City

    Hidden in the western Kansas prairie, Scott State Park is a startling oasis of natural springs, deep wooded canyons, and craggy bluffs. The 1,020-acre park surrounds the 100-acre, springfed Scott ...

  • Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

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    Overland Park

    The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens was founded to keep the city at the forefront of environmental and ecological issues. A leader of environmentally sound community development, the ...

  • Great Plains Nature Center

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    Wichita

    Our Goals 1. Provide opportunities to the public to learn about natural resources, especially the wildlife and plant species, of the Great Plains Region. 2. Provide visitors with enjoyable ...

  • Tallgrass Prairie Park

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    Strong City

    Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve was honored with being selected as one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius announced the results on January 29, 2008, Kansas Day, at the ...

  • Botanica Wichita

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    Wichita

    An amazing selection of themed gardens in Wichita, including an unforgettable children's garden with musical mazes and monster trees!

  • Milford Nature Center and Fish Hatchery

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    Junction City

    See live animal exhibits, see and touch native animal furs, print your own tracks, watch birds of prey, hike nature trails, and enjoy a super nature themed adventure playground.

  • OJ Watson Park

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    Wichita

    A lovely family day out in nature with over 119 acres of land and lake to enjoy Kansas nature at its best.

  • Kansas Wetlands Education Center

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    Great Bend

    Offers state of the art exhibition techniques to showcase every dimension of the wetlands experience, plus observation decking, hides and further resources.

  • Flint Hills Wildlife Refuge

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    Hartford

    Wetlands, grasslands and marshlands for kids to explore, which provide a diverse habitat for mammals, reptiles and birds which they can learn about. An animal haven!

  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve

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    Strong City

    Get out into nature at the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in the Kansas Flint Hills, and enjoy the numerous year round nature trails and summer fun activities.

  • Tomahawk Ridge Aquatic Center

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    Overland Park

    The city's largest overall pool facility. Visitors can enjoy a long slide, small water slides, zero depth, fountains and shade structures.

  • Rock River Rapids

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    Derby

    A splashing day out to cool off in those summer days

  • Schlitterbahn Waterpark

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    Kansas City

    Brave the world's TALLEST water slide at this Kansas City water park, with other thrills, spills, and family fun!

  • Salt City Splash Aquatic Center

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    Hutchinson

    The Splash features four pools including slides, diving boards, zero depth entry pool, and splash toys. Available for birthdays and party/special event rentals!

  • Hays Aquatic Park

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    Hays

    The Hays Aquatic Park is a splashingly cool way to spend a day with the family - with a number of water activities and features for kids to play on and enjoy.

  • Jones Aquatic Center

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    Emporia

    Cool down at the Jones Aquatic Center in Emporia! Open seasonally May to August, kids can splash about and play all day!

  • Park Lanes Family Fun Center

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    Shawnee

    Open bowling, glow bowling, and even a laser maze perfect for families at this Shawnee family entertainment center!

  • Jumpin Joes

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    Salina

    Lots of fun for whole family including carting,lazer tack, mini golf and lots more. For younger kids crawl, climb, run, and slide in our soft play center! Our soft play center includes a 25x30x20 ...

  • Kansas Barbed Wire Museum

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    La Crosse

    A museum all about barbed wire....why not! An unusual museum in Kansas that gives an insight into the history and legend of this invention!

  • Blue Valley Recreation

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    Overland Park

    At the Activity Center families can swim, play, dance, get fit, do gymnastics, make crafts, and enjoy performing arts.

  • Game Zone and Skate Zone

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    Olathe

    Enormous video and redemption game arcade, complete with the latest in dance machines and alley bowlers. Also on site a family specialised skating facility for young kids with a soft floor and ...

  • All Star Adventures

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    Wichita

    Hours of family fun in Kansas, with Wichita's ONLY amusement park! With mini golf, go-karts, bumper boats, swings and more!