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Rolling Hills Zoo, Salina

Categories: Natural History Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Wildlife Areas, Museums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.5/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
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  • This unobtrusive zoo was so much more than we expected. We were pleasantly surprised with the variety of animals on display, and the added perk of many spots to just sit down and take in the surroundi...  read more »
  • I have been to the Rolling Hills Zoo a few times. It is a nice zoo, clean, and wide walk ways. It does have incline when going around the zoo walking, that's why they call it "rolling hills". The pric...  read more »
  • Living near the DC Zoo, this one is small by comparison but make no mistake, it's not tiny. We stopped here to break up the monotonous drive through Kansas on I-70 and truthfully, I was expecting a li...  read more »
  • Very, very impressed. Been to many, many Zoo's including St. Louis, Nashville, Cincinnati, etc. I was highly impressed by how diverse the selection of animals was and the overall quality of the experience itself. I was highly impressed to see such a well put together zoo in the middle of Kansas. It may be small but felt just as well done as a big metropolitan area zoo. Honestly the quality of service from all the staff was better than most anywhere else. If you're heading down interstate 70 through Kansas then I highly recommend this place to get out and stretch your legs. It's well worth it. The prices are super cheap as well. Also, make sure and go through the museum before you leave. It was very impressive.
  • This zoo is absolutely wonderful! My daughter refuses to go to any other zoo. Some people complain about some single animal exhibits, but there are some animals that live that way in the wild and Rolling Hills does the best they can to keep the animals as close to a normal existence as possible
  • I absolutely loved this Zoo. It was a nice break on a long trip. The staff was very friendly, the museum was really neat and a nice assortment of animals. A couple of animals I have never seen at other zoos. It takes about 2 hours to see everything. Well worth the side trip.
  • The inside portion is great, lot's to see, great play space for younger kids. We got to watch them feed 3 different species of frogs. The outside portion is a bit spread out, and most of the animals were either sleeping or not in their exhibits during our visit.
  • I had good first impressions about this place because a friend of mine said that this zoo allows people to pet the animals and even the billboard signs say "close encounters" . . . yet when we got there the girl in the gift store told us it was only the kids zone where they have sheep and cows that allows guests to actually touch the animals. Let me tell you calling that area a "petting zoo" is being extremely generous. That was no petting zoo I've ever been to - you can't even get near the animals even though they pose no danger to people. I was just very displeased and disgusted by the extent of false advertisement of this place considering we only tried this place out to pet some animals!! The only animal we were able to pet was a cow!! I think that's absolute bogus. Not only that but I was also very dissatisfied with the fact that you really can't get very up close and personal with the animals like most normal zoos and what I mean by that is you can't step up to the cages or the glass containments - you're standing a good distance away from all the animals and that doesn't offer a very satisfying experience. :/. I was also unhappy that it seemed that there were a few miserable animals lingering around - especially the "vanishing animals" which were alone in their cages and were not placed in there with another of their kind. Nobody wants to go to the zoo to feel sorry for the animals :( and no animal should have to be lonely and it's my opinion that if they're going to be in their environment they shouldn't be placed in it at all. Another thing I did notice and didn't make my trip here much better was the fact that so many of the animals were just gone - nowhere to be seen. A lot of the areas had signs reading they were moved for the winter but I've been to plenty of zoos in the area and never have I heard of this not to mention it's not even winter anymore :/. Some of the positive things I liked about this place was the nice outdoor environment like the lakes and fountains that were very pleasing to the eye and it was nice having affordable food at the restaurant there for lunch. :) I've just personally been to better places and wouldn't recommend this zoo to anyone, but we did have a good time.
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