The animals have missed you and are welcoming guests back when the Kansas City Zoo.
Steps are in place for keeping everyone safe and healthy. Here’s an overview of what you can expect when visiting the Kansas City Zoo.
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
Pathways around the Africa section of the zoo and through Australia and Tiger Trail are set up for one-way traffic. West Africa (across the swinging bridge) will be temporarily closed. Africa Tram will be operating daily but have limited capacity.
Beginning June 11:
KCZoo Railroad is back chugging down the tracks starting June 11. Also beginning June 11, guests can enjoy the Chimpanzee Indoor Viewing area in addition to the Helzberg Penguin Plaza and the Polar Bear Passage. All other indoor animal habitats are closed.
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.
Kansas City Zoo Food and Beverage Options
Food and beverage options will be available from many locations with limited menus. Guests are also allowed to bring outside food, drink, and coolers into the Zoo. Picnic tables have been spaced appropriately for outdoor eating.
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.