Zoos in Missouri with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Missouri because The Show Me 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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  • Kansas City Zoo

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    Kansas City

    Kansas City Zoo - Looking for wild family fun? See our tigers roar, cheetahs run, and polar bears flip. Each day is a new adventure. Marvel at more than 1,000 exotic animals featured in indoor and ...

  • World Aquarium

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    St. Louis

    Over 10,000 outrageous sea creatures and fun river critters await you at this St.Louis aquarium, with interactive fun for kids too!

  • St Louis Zoo

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    St Louis

    he Saint Louis Zoo has educated, entertained and earned a place in the hearts of St. Louisans for generations. With the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, there began a long and slow process to ...

  • The Butterfly House

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    Chesterfield

    The mission of the Butterfly House, a division of the Missouri Botanical Garden, is to foster a better understanding and increased awareness of our natural world. This facility presents an ...

  • Dickerson Park Zoo

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    Springfield

    Take a walk on the wild side at Dickerson Park Zoo. The zoo, located in Springfield, Missouri, is home to more than 500 animals representing 170 species. One of the many fun family places to go if ...

  • Wild Animal Safari

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    Strafford

    You can drive your own vehicle (or take the complimentary bus tour- seasonal) thru our Drive-Thru safari and get to experience hand feeding the animals. On the safari the exotic animals will ...

  • Promised Land Zoo

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    Eagle Rock

    An amazing drive thru animal park in Missouri, with over 500 animals, tours, feedings and fun!

  • Bransons Promised Land Zoo

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    Branson

    Branson's Newest and Wildest Animal Adventure is opening this Spring! We will be featuring many fun and exciting exhibits unlike anywhere else! Get up close and personal with your favorite animals ...

  • Lazy L Safari Park

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    Cape Girardeau

    Africa comes to Missouri with this walk-thru zoo, with over 50 different species from all over the world, with a petting zoo and gemstone mining too!

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  • Going Bonkers

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    Columbia

    Amazing indoor fun in a HUGE play structure, with an arcade too, perfect for toddlers, right through to the grandparents! Everyone can play!

  • Americas Incredible Pizza Company

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    St Louis

    Glow-in-the-Dark Mini Golf, Bumper Cars, Go-Karts, Bowling + loads more fun

  • I49 Fun Center

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    Belton

    A fun and bouncy indoor inflatable playground in the Belton/Raymore area, with bounce houses, inflatable slides and inflatable obstacle courses, as well a toddler area!

  • Jump Mania Springfield

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    Springfield

    Over 8,700 square feet of bouncing inflatable fun for those active kids, as well as a baby and toddler center!

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City

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    Kansas city

    LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City is a LEGO® based, indoor family attraction, based in Kansas City’s Crown Center shopping and entertainment mal. The attraction is best suited to children ...

  • Missouri Botanical Garden

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    St Louis

    Visit the country's OLDEST botanical garden in continuous operation! An oasis in St. Louis, with 79 acres of beautiful displays and gardens.

  • The Earthways Center

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    St Louis

    The EarthWays Home, a three-story Victorian residence built in 1885 at 3617 Grandel Square, was renovated in 1994 to showcase practical demonstrations of energy efficient systems, recycled products ...

  • Katy Trail State Park

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    Columbia

    Explore one of the longest rail-to-trails in the entire USA in this Missouri state park. Some of the sections are even part of the history Lewis & Clark Historic Trail!

  • Jordan Valley Park

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    Springfield

    Indoor ice skating, waterfalls, fountains and open play space in Springfield at this fun family park!

  • Big Surf Waterpark

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    Linn Creek

    The biggest, fastest, funnest, safest, cleanest, number one-en-est family fun at the Lake of the Ozarks! For any age, for anybody, Big Surf Waterpark has a variety of rides and attractions! The only ...

  • White Water

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    Branson

    White Water fun at Branson's only outdoor water park! Kids and their families can spend the day enjoying very cool water rides & attractions!

  • Bluff Falls Water Park

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    Poplar Bluff

    Family water park and fun centre with lots of different fun slides for the whole family.

  • Blanchette Park and Aquatic Center

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    St Charles

    The Blanchette Aquatic Center is complete with two waterslides, an otter slide, a children's water playground, lily pad walk, diving area, lap swimming, and more. Added in 2004 is a drop slide sure ...

  • Bransons IMAX Entertainment Complex

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    Branson

    Branson's IMAX Entertainment Complex has three thrilling choices for Big Screen entertainment! Choose GIANT-Screen IMAX Adventures for jaw-dropping escapades throughout the world and thru history. ...

  • Dolly Partons Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show

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    Branson

    A fun-filled, action-packed Dinner and Show extravaganza for everyone! It's the perfect place for families, friends and groups to gather for spectacular special effects and amazing stunts by the most ...

  • Sawyer's Creek Funpark

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    Hannibal

    Mini Golf, Bumper Boats, Water Wars, a Bounce House and much more at this Missouri family fun park!

  • Shryocks Callaway Farms

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    Columbia

    Located in Callaway County, Missouri, our working family farm is the perfect fall get-away for family and friends. Make plans now to come out to the farm and enjoy our life-size corn maze, group ...

  • Pirates Cove Mini Golf

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    Branson

    Established in 1983 in Traverse City, Michigan, the Pirate's Cove Adventure Golf mission has always been to provide a wholesome, quality, family oriented entertainment option that promises a fun and ...

  • The Track

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    Branson

    The Track Family Fun Parks are the fastest way for your family to have fun together in Branson Missouri. Wooden or classic go-kart tracks, water blaster-equipped bumper boats, themed mini golf-all ...

  • Cool Crest Family Fun Center

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    Independence

    With over 50 years of entertaining behind us Cool Crest has become Kansas City's premier entertainment facility. Perfect for any outing, Cool Crest is sure to please! One of the many fun family ...

  • Aarons Family Fun Center

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    Belton

    Bowling fun in Belton where the family can enjoy family bowling, bumper bowling, and even cosmic bowling! With mini golf too

  • Carousel Park

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    Joplin

    Carousel Park is Joplin, Premier Family Fun Park! We offer something for every thrill seeker from young to old. Our park features dozens of Amusement rides, two 18-hole miniature golf courses, ...

  • Miner Mikes

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    Osage Beach

    35,000 sq ft of family fun with rides, games and simulators, PLUS 12,000 sq ft of high-tech playground for kids to enjoy!

  • Kaleidoscope

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    Kansas City

    Family art sessions for children of all ages and their adults!! Children and their families explore exciting environments while they use art supplies and recycled materials to make their own amazing ...

  • Hannah's Maze of Mirrors Branson

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    Branson

    Transport into a modern day fairytale and work your way through a fun mirror maze to rescue the princess!

  • Castle of Chaos Branson

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    Branson

    Experience the combination of a thrill ride, 3D film and a video game in one scary and fun adventure!