Pack the car, put on your adventure-seeking hats, and hit the road! It’s time to explore some of the most amazing Kansas animal attractions—bonding experiences that are sure to stay with both you and your kids for a lifetime. From petting zoos for little ones to hands-on wildlife experiences that will impress even the oldest family members, our list of super cool wildlife sites in Kansas has something extra special for everyone. So buckle up and prepare yourself—it’s going to be one wild ride!
1.- Tanganyika Wildlife Park (TW Park)
Named the most interactive zoo in the Midwest because of its up-close and unforgettable wildlife encounters, this Wichita zoo allows you to meet sloths, lemurs, penguins, and even feed hippos and rhinos. Plus, this is one of the few places in the world where you can swim with penguins! Imagine being in a pool with penguins swimming for 30 minutes and touching them under a trainer’s guidance.
Located at 1000 S Hawkins Ln, Goddard, KS 67052.
2.- K State Insect Zoo:
Designed to educate on insects, this zoo offers live and interactive exhibitions. Kids and adults can explore and touch insects including praying mantises, prickly sticks, and tarantulas. Located at 1500 Denison Ave, Manhattan, KS 66506.
3.- Cedar Cove Exotic Feline Sanctuary:
This animal attraction located in Louisburg, KS, is dedicated to the conservation and education of feline species and their habitats. It offers an array of exotic animals such as Siberian and Bengal tigers. Located at 3783 K68 Hwy. Louisburg, Kansas, 66053.
4.- Sea Life Kansas City:
Located in the center of Downtown Kansas City this Kansas City Aquarium has all sorts of creatures: stingrays, sharks, seahorses, and more exhibits to dive into. Located at 2475 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108.
5.- Kansas City Zoo:
In this attraction, you’ll find exhibits on amphibians, birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles, it’s home to more than 1,700 animals. Kansas City Zoo hours are from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Located at 6800 Zoo Dr, Kansas City, MO 64132.
Are you ready for an “absolutely unforgettable AMAZING experience”? Click here to learn which of the 5 Kansas Animal Attractions was described like this in KC Parents magazine. Or jump straight to their website to learn more about the wild animal experiences they offer!