Sloth Experience at Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Best Zoos’ Activities for Kids in the Midwest

Is there a very special animal lover in your family? Is your entire family into animals and wildlife? If the answer is yes, you’ll definitely have to keep reading this post and learn about the story of the Light family. A family of 8, including grandma and grandpa, had an unforgettable wild experience in Kansas, and they wrote about it!


Keep reading about the Light´s family adventure if you’re eager to know about the zoo with the best activities for kids in the Midwest. This zoo offers exciting animal encounters, exotic animal feedings, and even a splash spark to cool down while the kids enjoy and play in the water.


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Swimming with Penguins is one of the exciting animal encounters offered by this Wichita zoo.

Are there any exciting animal activities near me?

That was the same question that Kristina Light had when she started researching things to do with her family. Her family has a love affair with zoos. In fact, they’ve been to over twenty different traditional zoos and animal attractions such as farms and aquariums over the years.


So… her mind was blown away when she found out that just 3 hours away from her hometown in Kansas City was the most interactive zoo in the Midwest, and maybe even in the US!


Kristina Light and her whole family packed their bags and headed to Tanganyika Wildlife Park– located in Wichita KS– and took part in their Ultimate Weekend. This 2-day package includes all of what this Wichita Zoo has to offer including more than 15 up-close animal encounters.


During their weekend at Tanganyika, as this Wichita Zoo is known, they met sloths, hippos, rhinos, giraffes, otters, penguins, okapis, kangaroos, lemurs, and owl monkeys. They even got to swim with the penguin colony!  One of the highlights of their trip was staying on the zoo premises. Tanganyika also has a five-bedroom luxury guesthouse just a two-minute walk from the park itself!


If you’re interested in more details and unique pictures of each adventure, read the full article posted on the KC Parents website.


The water park at Tanganyika Wildlife Park. One of Wichita´s new summer attractions

A unique water park in Wichita that will blow your mind! 

We already talked about Tanganyika Wildlife Park as not your traditional zoo where visitors passively see the animals as they walk around.  As this boutique zoo has more fun things to offer for visitors that come in the summer months: Tanganyika Falls Splash Park!


A 5,000 square foot multilevel water park with three waterslides, the world’s tallest spitting giraffe named Jordy, plus an alligator slide, water guns, a palm tree waterfall, dancing fountains, and much more. The Splash Park could easily be an all-day activity, nevertheless, there’s still the whole zoo to take advantage of.


For parents, there’s plenty of shade and the Thirsty Sloth Bar where you can enjoy craft beers, frozen drinks, and specialty cocktails. Whether you want more privacy, a break from the action, or just some quiet time after a day of adventure, you can relax in their cabanalows.


Are you ready to check out Tanganyika Falls Splash Park?


Lodging and hotels in Wichita – Where to stay near Tanganyika Wildlife Park

If you’re already excited and thinking about visiting Tanganyika, we have you covered. There are 3 hotels in Wichita near this zoo: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wichita Airport,  The Hampton Inn and Suite, and Comfort Suites Airport.


But, if you want to upgrade your visit, stay inside the zoo premises and enjoy an even more in-depth animal experience. 


This is one of the most unique Airbnbs in the US — it’s located just a 2-minute walk to this Kansas wildlife park, in the heart of the zoo. The Hawkins Estate can accommodate up to 12 family members, it’s equipped with 5 bedrooms so everyone can have a comfortable stay. It has a pool to cool down after a day of fun with the animals. And the most exciting part of all: a back deck with a view of the cheetah enclosure, where more than 10 of these animals live and bask in the sun.


Wake up and experience the beauty and power of cheetahs, hear the lions roar at the end of the day, and try to guess which animals are howling and singing to welcome a new day. 


This Ultimate Weekend package is jam-packed with activities. You’ll be able to visit the zoo in less than two minutes and enjoy the splash park– all from the comfort and convenience of the zoo grounds. 

If you’re still not convinced TWP is the best zoo in Midwest, there’s more! TWP has special events throughout the year to celebrate seasonal festivities such as Pumpkins at the Park in October, Safari of Lights in December, and the Twilight Tour in June. 


If you want to read about an amazing family who had a wild experience in Kansas, look no further. The Light family explored the beauty and wildlife of Tanganyika Wildlife Park and wrote about their experience. From lions to rhinos, this family didn’t miss a beat while they were here.


 Are you itching to get out there and explore all the amazing attractions that TWP has to offer? We hope so! There’s something for everyone, whether you’re an animal lover or not. 


So what are you waiting for? Get started planning your next trip today!


Get out there and explore all the amazing attractions that TWP has to offer. Click here and start planning your next wildlife adventure in the best zoo in the midwest.

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