Hours & Admission

​We will be closed to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 25 and Friday, November 26. 

Spring/Summer Hours
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daily
(Spring/Summer dates April 1 - October 31)

Fall/Winter Hours

12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daily
Fall/Winter dates November 1 - March 31)

We will continue to maintain quality health precautions to ensure public safety. 

We have started major construction of Expedition Asia inside the Zoo. During construction areas of the Zoo may be closed for visitor safety. We will remain open during the construction project. Thank you for your patience during our progress. 

Home to over 200 amazing animals – from anteater to zebu – Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, KS offers up-close views of amazing animals including wallaby, otters, leopards and a jumping, hooting array of primates.

Days of Operation:
Open Daily 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. until October 31
Winter Hours 12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. begin Nov. 1 - March 31

The Zoo is closed Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
Sunset Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums; our commitment to the highest level of animal care and guest experience. 

Gift Shop

OPEN 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until winter hours begin November 1. 
The Zoo's gift shop is open year round when the Zoo is open. Snacks are available for purchase in the gift shop.

Expedition Café

 - Currently closed due to COVID 19 
The Café features a brand-new menu that includes burger and hot dog baskets, slushies, classic snacks like nachos and soft pretzels, yogurt, Dippin' Dots and more


Daily Admission 

  • Adults (13+): $5.50 per person
  • Children (ages 3-12): $3.50 per person
  • Infants (2 & under): Free
  • Friends of Sunset Zoo Members: Free
  • Double strollers are available to rent for $5 each, single strollers for $4 each, and wagons for $3 each.   Please sanitize before and after use. 
 *sales tax will be added to admission rate and all booth rentals.

Discounts for seniors and members of the military offered only on annual memberships.

Group Rates & School Visits

Half-price admission is available for groups of 20 people or more with two weeks advance notice required. Additional discounts for school groups and 501c3 non-profits available. Learn more about group and school visitsSpecial programming is also available to enhance your visit.

Service Animals

Service animals are welcome at Sunset Zoo and we appreciate any advance notice, but it is not required. All service animals must be certified, easily identified by their vests and remain on a secure lead at all times.