Consisting of 145 acres of Kansas prairie, Rolling Hills Zoo includes 65 acres of exhibits. The 64,000 square foot Museum ... More
Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure
Consisting of 145 acres of Kansas prairie, Rolling Hills Zoo includes 65 acres of exhibits. The 64,000 square foot Museum houses more than 50 realistic exhibits portraying animals in naturalistic settings of Africa, North America, the rainforest, Far East, Middle East, and more with waterfalls, animatronic robots and life-like landscaping, the domed ADM Theater, Helen L. Graves Hideaway Hollow education center and the 2,000 square foot Earl Bane Gallery area.
We took the tram and enjoyed the narrative, then went to the museum. We spent quite a lot of time there learning about the different animals. We were disappointed that the movie was not running that day. But overall, this is a great zoo and kid-friendly. It's a great stop if you find yourself traveling along I-70. The price wasn't unreasonable, especially if you spend more than 2-3 hours.
I have been to many Zoos around the country,including San Diego. Rolling Hills rates up there with the best. It is a well thought out, with beautiful landscaping, and great variety of exotic animals. It will impress you.
There was a great variety of animals especially rare animals, but I couldn't help but think that many of those animals were rejected from all other places and had problems. Case in point: The very first animals we saw were the chimpanzees which were much larger and more aggressive than the chimps you may be used to. They put on such an angry, vocal, almost violent display that my two-year old had to get out of there and wanted to go home. It took quite a while to calm him down. All of the big cats were sleeping. The giraffes were a high point, but we have a similar set up at our local zoo, so this is not unique. When we finally got to the museum, we first walked inside and the loud roaring lion and the dark lighting again scared my two-year old. He did not calm down until we got to the playroom. The only things my toddlers liked in the museum were the playroom and the random talking robots. This was not a fun experience for us.
The giraffe feedings were awesome! We also got to see the lions get fed and got a little education about them. We would like to see the zoo give out feeding schedules and educational talks so we could see more of them. They have a great, affordable restaurant on the site and you get a lot of food for your money-- not overpriced junk. We could get close to all the animals, which was great, especially the rhinos- we could touch their horns!! It was nice how they had names for the animals and explained their backgrounds. You could tell the animals were well cared for and loved.
It might be a little on the small side, but it is very nice & very well laid out. A great place to see endangered species and gain a greater appreciation for our role in saving them. A must see while in the area.
We took our 3-yr old granddaughter and the reason we decided to visit the zoo was because of the Pumpkin PaZooLa event (October 13, 2007). And we are glad we went. There was a beautiful pumpkin patch and our granddaugher got to scamper through and pick a free pumpkin to take home with her. And there was all kinds of other activities for children throughout the zoo. The employees were friendly and committed to excellence. If you're ever in the area, this zoo is a must see. The zoo is magnificant. The animals are active and the facility offers great viewing. We were there for three hours, and enjoyed every minute of it.
However, we did not visit the Rolling Hills Adventure museum. That will have to wait until our next trip to Salina!
I think it was just a tad expensive. The exhibits were nicely arranged and well kept though. The park was very pretty. The museum was entertaining but only took about 15 minutes. If you are in the area it is nice to stop in and see, but not worth going out of your way for.
I'm not trying to be a bias native here but this place is worth a drive to see. The owner, Charlie Walker, has devoted a huge amount of resources to make the zoo what it is today and he continues to expand making it better on the time. I feel privileged to have such a fine facility in my county.
I try to visit once a year, as there is always something new. The facility is well kept and the employees take pride in what they do.
There is a tram ride through the park that is available for a small fee and a good cafe on site. For those hot days misters are located throughout walk paths to keep guest cool. Most of the exhibits offer indoor and outdoor viewing to allow you to see the animals and not just their habitats if you catch it on a bad day.
A section of the zoo and museum has been set-aside for kids. Typically stuff to keep them from not getting bored.
On that note I would highly recommend you visit the museum. It is like no other! If I had my choice I would choose the museum any day of the week. You basically take a trip around the world and get a taste of all the animals. They are so life like and put in an environment you will feel like you are there (makes for some great pics when you are 2 feet from a tiger :D) Audio has been incorporated throughout so it accommodates the animals to get that real feeling and info stations are present to learn more about what you are looking at.
Salina may not be a worthy tourist stop but if you are on I-70 exit south on Hedville Rd and go about four miles. It will probably set you a day back once you get immersed in all the beauty but it is tourist trap actually worth stopping at IMHO.
The Refuge Is an awesome place to go. You could spend all day and not run out of something to do. A must see if your in Salina. Want to spend the day at the park Why not spend it in a African Safari themed park. The grounds are beautiful and well laid out. Trust me you won't have any complaints when you leave. Anteaters to Rhino's it's all there.