This zoo is a must-see for children and adults interested in getting back to nature. This sprawling park, which attracts ... More
Kansas City Zoo
This zoo is a must-see for children and adults interested in getting back to nature. This sprawling park, which attracts 700,000 visitors annually, is divided into sections named for areas of the world, from Africa and Austraila to Farmland USA. Visitors can walk the 202-acre park or ride trams from one place to another. There is also a guided train tour that allows one to see the highlights of the park.
I have 2 children, a 2 year old and a 2 month old. I took only my 2 year old to the zoo with me and since I am breastfeeding, I needed to pump during our visit. I found that there was nowhere designated to breastfeeding/pumping, so I had to return to the entrance and ask around. Nobody knew anything. When I finally was escorted somewhere after 10 minutes, it was to a public restroom with an extension cord. I politely explained that I felt this wasn't an appropriate place to pump, so she continued to search for a different place. After another 10 minutes she informed me that I could use a staff bathroom, but that was all they had available. I had a talk with the zoo director about this problem and she was completely ignorant about breastfeeding/pumping and showed no real concern or desire to improve the facilities to accomodate women with this need. Very disappointed. If you are one of these women, I encourage you to speak to the director so we might see some change.
Now the kansas city zoo has been free for people that are residents of kansas city for quite sometime, it is on select months. But so worth it! I have lived here all my life and I truely enjoy the zoo. Plus they also add new animals and actiivties to it every year.
I go to this zoo about once a week, and I still can't get enough of it. Africa always leaves me speechless. The chimpanzee, guinea baboon, african elephant, cheetah, western gorilla, and African lion exhibits are amazing, and everything else is above average. THe rest of the zoo is small but plesant, with a modest collection. The new polar bear exhibit is, in my opinion, second only to Detroit. This is one of my top 5 favorite zoos I've ever been to.
Information and signs throuhout the zoo is lacking. by the time you get to where you are going the show which only lasts about 10 minutes. Paid for the boat ride and only seen a couple animals total waste of money and time. I will stick to the St. Louis Zoo! My kids left disappointed.
This zoo is alot more spread out and has bigger outdoor exhibits than alot of the nations top zoos. Amatuer zoo visitors see this as a drawback. The Zoos Africa exhibit is probably one of the best African exhibits in the country. The only thing this zoo could add is more species to fill empty spaces, but the exhibits are very nice, and overall a very good zoo
Our Family has bought the FOTZ membership for the past few years and the gold version this year. This year we decided to send our 8 and 9 year old to their day camp program. It was the worst decision we have ever made concerning the Zoo. Their staff were so incompetent today that when my 8 year old asked to use the bath room on several occasions they just kept telling him he had to wait. then while playing water games he couldn't hold it any longer and had an accident, did they call us about it? NO! Their staff left him is pissy clothes for the rest of the day, and then when my wife picked him up they tried to first make a joke about him needing spray and wash tonight, and then argued with her and got very aggressive/defensive, about it. The camp director has looked into it and stated that they are going to do nothing about it because "these two counselors are two of our best." We will never spend another dime in this zoo, and I advise everyone else to stay the hell out of it as well.
This zoo in no way compares to STL or OMAHA Zoo's
OMAHA ZOO is the same price and well worth the 3 hour drive.
This Zoo has made improvements but is NOT worth the cost.
STL is FREE admission to most animals, plus they have Grant's Farm which is also FREE.
Had a GREAT visit! Picked a day with nice weather to make sure the animals would be on exhibit and it paid off. Knowing that many of the animals are not from Kansas, but tropical or sub-tropical areas, we made sure to go when the weather was nice. Indoor tropical exhibit was nice, but you could tell it was new. Plants not quite established yet, Huge bananas, bamboo, ferns. Looked like the place was well on it's way to becoming a jungle. Gibbons were pretty cool and the fresh water stingrays by the entrance were awesome, just wish they were more visible to the customers. Didn't mind the spread out atmosphere, but I would rather walk around a zoo all day than lay on the couch watching Discovery Channel. Place was clean looked like there was a lot of construction going on in certain areas. Overall a great zoo, just wish the tigers were in bigger enclosures. Oh yeah, and I wish the polar bear would have been on exhibit. I think I was about a month or two too early.
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