Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo, Independence

#9 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Kansas
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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  • Riverside Park and Zoo is a testament to how a small community in Kansas can, and does maintain a wonderful family attraction. The "foundation" of the park and zoo was built in 1914, but it did not...  more »
  • For 70 years I am been back-and-forth to Riverside Park, with good memories. In years past, you could walk around and hear the peacocks, as well as animals in the lower zoo. There seem to be several.....  more »
  • What A Nice Park! Lots of things to do for children or just take a nice stroll. Several animals. There is also a carousel and a small train that are reasonably priced. The veterans memorial was my favorite. It was very informative and up to date. Could easily spend an entire day here.
  • It's a beautiful little place and worth the visit. They have spider monkeys, some swans and ducks, raccoons, a red fox and a few other critters. They have a beautiful butterfly garden that is filled with species I've never seen. The waterways and ponds ate in dire need of cleaning as we seen ample amounts of plastic in the form of bottles and wrappers floating around. Very sad to see. Admission is FREE!

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