Plan Your Visit to Sunset Zoo

Named Best Zoo in Kansas by Yahoo Travel

Home to over 150 unique animals – from anteaters to wallabies – Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, KS, offers up-close views of unique animals, including wallabies, leopards, otters, and a jumping, hooting array of primates. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, Sunset Zoo is committed to the highest level of animal care and guest experience.

Getting to the Zoo & When You Arrive

Once You're Inside the Park

We are a Hilly Park!

The Flint Hills are certainly reflected in Sunset Zoo's terrain! While beautiful, it does make for steep hills in some areas; please plan accordingly when visiting. The Zoo is wheelchair accessible. However, the inclines near the gibbon exhibit / the entrance to the Asian Trail are steep. Utilize the ADA-accessible pathway at Expedition Asia for better navigation. 


Kansas Weather 

With Kansas being known for unpredictable weather, daily temperature can fluctuate from warm to cool, to colder days. In any temperature swing, animals will have access to warm or cool dens and may not always be viewable. Animals stay warm in cold months with heated floors, den heaters, extra bedding, and ice enrichment. During the hot months, animals can access indoor cooled areas, including water, misters, and filled pools.


During these changing seasons, we encourage guests to visit in the morning from April to October and early afternoon from November to March. Sunset Zoo hours are subject to change. 


Souviner Penny Pincher Out of Service

The Souviner Penny Pincher located in the Chimpanzee Viewing Ballard Gallery is currently out of service for the season. We will be exploring future options for fun souvenir experiences. 


Animal Feedings

Due to USDA and AZA regulations, the bird feeders are no longer accessible until further notice. Tortoise feedings coming soon Summer 2024!


Winterizing Season

Water fountains are accessible in the gift shop and the Nature Exploration Center year round. The water fountain on the back of the concession stand is not available until further notice. Beverage vending machines are available year-round near the playground.