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Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo, Independence

(4.3/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • Unfortunately, we didn't have time to tour the zoo as we were on the road, however, we always try to find a scenic place to have our picnic lunch and this certainly filled the bill. Lots of picnic tab...  more »
  • I had low expectations for this zoo since it was free but after a few hour drive it was something to do to get out and stretch our legs. To our amazement there were a lot of animals and not just your ...  more »
  • I have visited this park & zoo since I was a child & have taken my children & grandchildren often. We host an annual family picnic there every year. There's something for everyone! All facilities are ...  more »
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  • The zoo was fun for the kids and they really enjoyed seeing the monkey's playing and climbing. Not much can be expected from a small town zoo that doesn't charge admission but it was clean and well taken care of. They have a small playground that my kids had fun playing on. They a refreshment stand with food and drinks with generous prices. Not a bad way to spend an hour or two.
  • Free, beautiful in the sprint and summer because they have a rose garden, a fountain, many of the animals out. It had a children's playground and a walking trail to see all of the animals.
  • Great park with a zoo and plenty of places to walk and picnic.
  • Free zoo, Awesome Retro park! Brings me back to soo many fond childhood memories. There is also a cement animal zoo :) And an old Locomotive that you can climb on๐Ÿ˜„
  • Very nice facility! Would love to visit again.