Lee Richardson Zoo

Garden City, KS

Where are we going?

Lee Richardson Zoo
312 E Finnup Dr
Garden City
KS 67846

620 276-1250

What is there to do?

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?

Adults: Free (but $10 to drive through instead of walking)

Children: Free


Need a little extra help?

Give them a call before hand to check the accessibility for those needing a wheelchair.


When can we go?

8am - 7pm (closes 5pm Labor Day to March 31)

7 days a week. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day


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!

I’m Hungry!

The Safari Shoppe sells cold drinks, and snacks like popcorn and churros. They also sell sandwiches

Healthy Eating

If you want to make sure you're eating healthy, why not bring a picnic and enjoy a lunch with the animals!

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