Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo, Independence

4.4
#9 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Kansas
Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
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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 & New Years Day. Zoo is FREE (donation box located by macaw exhibit)

Park is open EVERY DAY including holidays

Carousel rides are 5 cents

Train rides are 50 cents

Miniature Golf is $2

(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
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  • Our family has gone to this park/zoo for many years; it has become a family tradition! Everyone is so pleased that the old playground equipment is still intact, just as they remembered it! And it... 
    Our family has gone to this park/zoo for many years; it has become a family tradition! Everyone is so pleased that the old playground equipment is still intact, just as they remembered it! And it...  more »
  • We needed to kill an hour so decided to check out the area. It is AWESOME! There is so much to do, especially for kids, in that area. A giant playground, carousel, swimming and putt putt (in the... 
    We needed to kill an hour so decided to check out the area. It is AWESOME! There is so much to do, especially for kids, in that area. A giant playground, carousel, swimming and putt putt (in the...  more »
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  • Very small community zoo, the entrance is free and it has a real community vibe it really makes you feel part of something. There is a small donation box in case you want to contribute yet not even anyone asking you for anything. There is a very nice play area for the little ones. The first monkey that went out to space and came back was born in this zoo.
  • Coolest little free zoo we’ve been to yet!!!! Omg and the llamas are soooooo cute and sweet!!!! Definitely have to come see the llamas and raccoon cougar and the eagle!!! Definitely worth your time!!!!!

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