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Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City

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Kansas City Zoo is renowned nationwide for its rich collections of African and Australian species. Its penguin and polar bear exhibits are also popular. In the Kid Zone, children can learn about the animals, feed some of them, and enjoy the play area and carousel rides. You can buy food from concession stands or bring your own. Animal habitats are large, and getting around the zoo requires a fair amount of walking. Consider catching a ride on a train or a tram to ease the journey. You also may rent strollers, wheelchairs, and electric scooters. Arrange to visit Kansas City Zoo and other attractions in Kansas City using our Kansas City attractions site .
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  • We never been to the Kansas City Zoo we weren't sure what to visit. We loved the penguins it was so fun to see them and watch them. We were able to even see them being feed and they talked about them....  more »
  • This was the highlight of our trip to K.C. We particularly enjoyed the penguin exhibit as well the polar bear exhibit.  more »
  • We receive free tickets every year so i am biased, but I would go anyway. This zoo is better than others I have visited. I very much appreciate the clear signage and easy to find pavilions. I enjoy so...  more »
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  • Visiting from the Wichita, KS area and I like to see local zoos. Of course, most of the zoos outdoor exhibits aren't available in the cold weather, but the zoo staff was helpful with giving suggestions as to what to see. We ran into two of the snake handlers and had a nice chat about the snakes. The sea lion show was fun, and thankfully shortened for the cold weather. The facilities were clean and in good repair. I wasn't expecting it, but it was a nice surprise that the cost for entry was reduced to $10 per person due to the cold weather and overall lack of outdoor exhibits. Definitely a zoo worth visiting, even in the winter. Friendly staff, interesting exhibit, and the ability to get really close to most animals is great.
  • Mama of 3. Season pass holder. We go year round so buying passes every year only makes sense. If you plan to visit more than once for sure get passes-worth it. Food is okay. We usually pack a lunch or eat before. Recommend that you do too. Food is overpriced. Bring your own water/drinks for sure .We love the penguin exhibit. Very clean and entertaining. Also always love the polar bear exhibit too. I think they do a great job of keeping park and animal areas clean. The midways are always clear of trash. The grounds look beautiful on daily basis. Normally the animals are active and my kids just love seeing them. I really enjoy having the tram. We usually walk as far as we want then take it back. For sure worth it to get the unlimited rides deal. Kids love the sky safari and the little train. Love that the staff always waves and is friendly to everyone especially our kids. Love being part of this awesome city and I'm so glad we have a beautiful zoo to enjoy.
  • I️ went today with my boys and it was a perfect day! The animals were active and no crowds at all! My son had a one on one chat with several zookeepers and he got to feed the sea lions during the show. It was the best! We’ve been many times but today was one of the best! The zoo staff was very helpful and friendly and knowledgeable , the grounds beautiful, and plenty of animals out and about.
  • The zoo is clean and kid friendly. I went with my nephews and sister in law. We had a great time. The polar bear, penguins and gorillas were the favorite of the day. This year I joined Friends of the Zoo and it has been worth it. Gets us all in plus discounts on food and at the gift shop. We enjoy the train, tram and sky lift as part of the yearly pass too.
  • Friendly staff and clean. A yearly pass is the best way to go, and make sure you upgrade to the unlimited rides (train, tram, sky tram, boat, carousel). The zoo is spread out, so expect to walk a lot. Definitely bring a stroller for younger kids. The penguin house is great to escape the heat in the summer. The food options aren't the best, so we usually bring sack lunches. The new Billy Goats Gruff area is nice. It's right next to the playground.

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If you want to sample the city’s nightlife, consider a hotel in the Power and Light District, home to a wide array of restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. The 39th Street District is a good choice for those on vacation who prefer quirky independent venues. The city boasts an array of cozy bed and breakfasts both within and on the outskirts of the city. Those with access to a car can enjoy Kansas City on a budget by staying at a nearby campground or RV park.
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