Kansas City Zoo
The Kansas City Zoo is comprised of 202 acres nestled in the hills and valleys of beautiful historic Swope park. The exhibits are separated from each other by beautiful landscaping, making for a serene walk under the right weather circumstances. The Zoo does tend to get crowded, especially on weekends—true of most zoos—so consider planning to arrive right at nine when the zoo opens. Fewer people means more opportunity to see the animals, as some tend to be quite shy, and with their ample habitats, it’s easier for them to hide. In the summer, days with a heat warning mean half price admission, plus a free tram ride, making for a budget-friendly trip if you’re up for braving the heat.