Tips for a Great Zoo Visit
Every day is a great day to the visit the Zoo! Our animals are generally more active when the temperatures are more moderate, which makes spring and fall the ideal times for a visit. During warmer months, getting an early start and visiting in the mornings when it is cooler will give you the best chance of seeing animals when they’re most active. During the winter months check out all the indoor exhibits: Helzberg Penguin Plaza, Tropics, Discovery Barn, Orangutan Canopy, Snakes, Polar Bear Passage, and Tuxedo Grill. Sea lions, river otters, tigers and red pandas enjoy the cooler weather.
See Animals In Action: If you want to learn more about our animals, check out our daily ZooKeeper Chats. These change seasonally so keep your Zoo Map for reference.
Be Comfortable! Check the day’s weather forecast before you arrive and dress appropriately. We recommend dressing in layers — come with a jacket for the cooler mornings that you can peel off as the day warms up. Comfortable shoes are a must! With 202 acres at the Zoo you’ll be on your feet most of the day.
Rent Strollers, Wagons, Wheelchairs & Electric Convenience Vehicles
Rentals can be made at Guest Relations. All are available on a first come, first served basis.
- Single Stroller $8
- Wagon $10
- Double Stroller $10
- Wheelchair $12
- Electronic Convenience Vehicle (ECV) $27 *You may reserve an ECV in advance with the rental prepaid here. No same day reservations.
Food & Beverage Options
Indoor and outdoor restaurants, snack shops, ice cream and refreshments are available throughout the Zoo.
Tuxedo Grill features char-grilled hamburgers, chicken sandwiches, kids meals and salads along with yummy desserts. Try out some Kansas City BBQ at Bluey’s in Australia. Rafiki Restaurant in Africa boasts delicious peri-peri chicken kabobs, as well as hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken tenders and refreshing Icees. Grab an adult beverage as you overlook the lagoon at the Boathouse Bar. Curb your sweet tooth with a funnel cake or soft serve ice cream cone at Safari Snacks in the African Market area. Complete your visit with a freshly baked waffle cone at the Beastro Concession in lobby. Hot dogs, chips and beverages are located throughout the Zoo.
Your purchases in the Zoo’s concession stands and gift shops support the Zoo’s conservation and education programs. You are welcome to bring in your own food and beverages to enjoy at one of the Zoo’s outdoor picnic areas as well. Please do not bring glass containers or alcoholic beverages. You are welcome to retrieve items from your vehicle and return to the Zoo within the same day as long as your hand is stamped by the main entrance attendant or you have your receipt.
Your favorite Zoo memory can be found and purchased from one of the two Zoo gift shops, Deja Zoo and Equator Gifts, located in the Lobby or in the African Market. Commemorate your experience with an animal painting or plush animal. Share your support of the Zoo with a t-shirt or a cap.
- Parking is always FREE and convenient
- A drop off zone is available directly in front of the Zoo’s admission area
- Parking is available in the Mane parking lot or adjacent Zebra and Cheetah parking lots
- Handicapped parking is available in all lots.
- School Groups please refer to your reservation details.
Emergency & Security Services
The Kansas City Zoo employs Kansas City Police Department off-duty officers to help monitor the Zoo grounds; they are onsite daily. In addition, the Zoo has onsite emergency medical technicians trained as first responders for emergency medical situations. Should you have an emergency, please contact any Zoo employee or call 816.595.1234. In case of dangerous weather, the Zoo’s indoor exhibit buildings are designated as safe areas
Family Restrooms / Nursing Moms
Family restrooms are located throughout the Zoo. If you are unable to locate them, please call 816.595.1234 or ask any Zoo employee. A Mother’s Room specifically designed for nursing mothers can be found inside Helzberg Penguin Plaza.
Pet Policy/Service Animals
For the health and safety of our animals and yours, the Kansas City Zoo does not allow pets on grounds; however, service animals are permitted. Please stop in Guest Relations for further instructions on service animals.
The Zoo permits the use of small coolers and ice chests. Please leave glass containers, disposable straws/lids and balloons at home. Please help keep our Zoo beautiful by placing trash and recyclables in designated receptacles.
Smoking is allowed only in designated smoking areas at the Zoo.
Photography & Videography
Guests agree not to commercially use any photography or reproduction in any form taken during visits to the Kansas City Zoo. As guests at the Zoo, you agree to allow your image, likeness and/or sound recordings for the purpose of Kansas City Zoo promotion only.
Ride KC Bus Service to the Zoo.
The #108 Indiana bus stops at the front entrance of the Zoo seven days a week during normal hours of operation, 9:30 am to 4 pm. For questions or additional information not listed above, please call 816.285.3689.