Zoos in SPRINGFIELD with kids

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

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Springfield because this The Show Me State city 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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  • Dickerson Park Zoo

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    (3 miles) 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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    (14 miles) 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 ...

  • Bransons Promised Land Zoo

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    (38 miles) 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 ...

  • Promised Land Zoo

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    (53 miles) Eagle Rock

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

  • Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

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    (67 miles) Eureka Springs

    is a licensed safe haven mainly for big cats, with up close habitat viewing points, Education Station, and the exciting feeding time in the evening, which you may come back for free of charge.

  • Wilderness Drive Through Safari

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    (92 miles) Gentry

    African comes to Arkansas at this drive through safari, with over 400 acres of exotic animals. With a petting park, and seasonal pony and camel rides too!

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  • Jump Mania Springfield

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    (3 miles) Springfield

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

  • Boingo Bounce

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    (91 miles) Fayetteville

    Super fun bounce house, with open bounce, toddler time AND birthday parties! Bounce the day away in Arkansas!

  • Jordan Valley Park

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    Springfield

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

  • Lake Leatherwood City Park

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    (60 miles) Eureka Springs

    1600 acres of scenic parkland including a lake with boat rentals, extensive hike and bike trails, plus plenty of local wildlife to spot as you explore.

  • Bull Shoals-White River State Park

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    (69 miles) Bull Shoals

    In north central Arkansas amidst the natural beauty of the Ozark Mountains, Bull Shoals-White River State Park stretches along the riverside and lakeshore where the White River and Bull Shoals Lake ...

  • Wilson Island State Park

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    (71 miles) Missouri Valley

    Historic, and teeming with wildlife and adventure, this Iowa State Park gives you hiking and skiing trails, picnic areas, river activities and camping - all ready and waiting to join in your outdoor ...

  • Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

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    (72 miles) Rogers

    Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area (HSP-CA) is in its initial development phase. Arkansas's largest state park in land area, Hobbs covers 12,045 acres along the southern shores of 28,370-acre Beaver ...

  • White Water

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    (39 miles) 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!

  • Big Surf Waterpark

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    (66 miles) 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 ...

  • Family Aquatic Center

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    (98 miles) Siloam Springs

    Enjoy a safe and enjoyable aquatic recreation experience. Swimming lessons, different course levels for Juniors. All staff, equipment, programs and services will reflect professionalism and the ...

  • Bransons IMAX Entertainment Complex

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    (38 miles) 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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    (39 miles) 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 ...

  • Shoot For The Stars Mini Golf

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    (39 miles) Branson

    Experience the landmarks of Hollywood whilst you have a fun game of mini golf...in Missouri! Kids fun with a twist!

  • Hannah's Maze of Mirrors Branson

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    (39 miles) 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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    (39 miles) Branson

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

  • The Track

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    (40 miles) 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 ...

  • Pirates Cove Mini Golf

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    (40 miles) 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 ...

  • Pig Trail Kart n Golf

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    (62 miles) Eureka Springs

    offers go karting, miniature golf course, batting cages and arcade.

  • Carousel Park

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    (71 miles) 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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    (74 miles) 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!

  • Silver Dollar City

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    (37 miles) Branson

    Travel back in time to an 1880s mining city, with this Missouri theme park that is perfect for family members of all ages!

  • National Tiger Sanctuary

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    (26 miles) Saddlebrooke

    A beautiful sanctuary near Branson, Missouri where kids can get right up close to some incredible tigers and learn all about their environment, and nature as these tigers are protected in a safe, ...

  • Ride the Ducks

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    (39 miles) Branson

    Experience Branson sightseeing fun from a duck\\\'s eye view on Branson\\\'s only duck tour. Travel on land and water in one amazing vehicle. Now Ride The Ducks has 2 fun-filled Branson ...

  • Eureka Springs and North Arkansas Railway

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    (60 miles) Eureka Springs

    It's fun. It's exciting. It's educational, too! Step back in time to an earlier age of locomotive transportation and enjoy the Excursion Train or the Dining Car.See our 1940-era diesel locomotive in ...

  • Tiny Town

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    (79 miles) Mountain Home

    There are over 200 displays featuring 1000's of miniatures. See small exhibits right up to whole villages on this interesting tour. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for ...

  • The Discovery Center of Springfield

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    An interactive, hands-on museum where kids can discover about the world, science, and how things work!

  • General Sweeneys Museum of Civil War History

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    (9 miles) Republic

    Explore the rich Civil War heritage of the Ozark Mountain Country, at General Sweeny's Museum of Civil War History and adjacent Wilson's Creek National Battlefield. Our facility displays artifacts ...

  • Titanic Museum Attraction

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    (39 miles) Branson

    An incredible experience aboard this Titanic experience where kids can walk the Grand Staircase, touch a REAL live iceberg, learn to send an SOS message... and much more!

  • Hollywood Wax Museum Branson

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    (39 miles) Branson

    Rub shoulders with the stars at this Hollywood Wax Museum, with themed tributes to action, romance, sci-fi and comedy genres!