Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo, Independence

#9 of 13 in Zoos & Aquariums in Kansas
For Building Rentals: see http://independenceks.gov/Facilities or call 620-332-2500

For General Park and Zoo Questions: call 620-332-2512

Zoo is open EVERY DAY including all holidays except Christmas Day and is FREE (donation box located by macaw exhibit)

Park is open EVERY DAY including holidays

Putt-putt Golf will open APRIL 8th, 2017

Train and Carousel will open APRIL 8th, 2017

Carousel rides are 5 cents

Train rides are 25 cents

Miniature Golf is $1

(donations are accepted at the carousel and train ticket booth)

Park, Zoo, and Cemetery Director: Barb Beurskens

Cemetery Sexton: Jim Bennett

Zoo Supervisor: Katie Southworth

Parks Supervisor: Rachel Lyon.

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  • I met a friend in Independence. I got there early so I could go to the zoo (I love animals of all kinds). It was a beautiful day out, but most of the zoo was closed off. There weren't any signs saying...  more »
  • This is a very nice park with a SMALL but nice Zoo. Free admission and lots of enjoyment to be had. Great for inexpensive family entertainment. The lighted fountain is quite nice after dark. Check it ...  more »
  • I was born in Independence and loved this park as a kid. It has provided some of my most favorite childhood memories. Over the years I have returned with my children and my grandchildren. It is one of...  more »
  • Wonderful Park & Zoo perfect for Children and Families. I highly recommend small train ride, miniature golf course, and taking your time to enjoy the fountain in the park. It is historic, in that the first monkey to go in outer space, the first American monkey, came from the Ralph Mitchell zoo in their collection.
  • Love going to this zoo an park with our grandkids. They are ages 2 to 11 an enjoy themselves an we enjoy ourselves watching them learn an play. Great afternoon activity.
  • For the size of the town and location this is a nice zoo. Being a drive through makes it fun too and lots of times you see the animals better than at most large zoos.
  • Those who come will definitely be pleasantly surpised. Who knew a small town like this would have such a beautiful park?
  • its a free zoo with a old large steam train your kidos can play around on, theres also a very nice large park to let them run all that sugar rush out after the cotten candy from the snack bar, sorry folks no adult drinks alowed. dont ask on the last part old Las Vegas habits die hard...

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