The animals have missed you and are ready to welcome guests back when the Kansas City Zoo reopens Saturday, May 16.
As expected, precautions are in place that following national and local guidelines for keeping everyone safe and healthy. Here’s an overview of what you can expect when the Kansas City Zoo reopens.
And, if you don’t feel like venturing out just yet, you can visit the animals virtually one one of the zoo’s multiple animal cams.
Kansas City Zoo Admission Tickets
Operating hours for the zoo will be:
- Saturdays and Sundays: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Mondays through Fridays: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be a limited number of tickets available to keep attendance within the city’s guidelines. All guests must reserve an entry time to visit. Make Kansas City Zoo reservations and buy tickets here. Entry times will be available in 15-minute increments, up to one week in advance. This includes Friends of the Zoo members and those holding free passes, although there will be no charge for those reservations.
When you arrive at the zoo, wait in your car until the entry time printed on your ticket. At that time, you can make your way to the front entrance.
All zoo employees will wear face masks. Guests are also encouraged to wear masks and use touchless credit card payment when making purchases inside the zoo.
Additional hand-sanitizing stations have been placed throughout the zoo.
Kansas City Zoo Rides, Special Events and Activities
Indoor exhibits will be one-way traffic as will pathways around the Africa section of the zoo and through Australia and Tiger Trail. West Africa (across the swinging bridge) will be temporarily closed. Africa Tram will be operating daily but have limited capacity due to physical distancing guidelines. All other zoo rides will be closed initially and will resume at a later date.
Playgrounds, play equipment, and animal feeding stations are temporarily closed.
Daily activities such as shows and Zookeeper Chats are temporarily suspended but are available virtually with a QR code you can access with your mobile phone or through the zoo’s website.
Special events like Endangered Species Weekend are also on hold at least through the end of May.
Kansas City Zoo Food and Beverage Options
Food and beverage options will be available, but steps like pre-packaged utensils and condiments, and no self-serve options are in place.
Water fountains and refill stations are temporarily closed, but FREE water is available at any food stand.
Check here for more information about the reopening of the Kansas City Zoo, including extensions to Friends of the Zoo memberships.
Please note: As more restaurants, retailers, attractions and service providers reopen, remember to use good judgement for staying healthy. This is especially true for individuals in high-risk groups or those who frequently come in contact with them.