Guest Services

Accepted Forms of Payment

Sunset Zoo's ticket booth, gift shop and concession stand accept cash, check, Mastercard, Visa and Discover. We do not accept American Express.

There are no ATMs located at Sunset Zoo. Cash back is not available. Multiple drive-up ATMS are located at banks minutes away from Sunset Zoo along Poyntz Ave.

Food & Beverage

Expedition Café Concession Stand now features our seasonal winter menu with hot drinks and warm mini donuts.



January to Mid-Spring

12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fridays to Sundays

Concession stand closed on day of Wine in the wild and Brew at the Zoo.

Concession Seasonal Menu 2023-2024.Our products may contain sesame, milk, eggs, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans. Despite using best practices, we cannot guarantee products will be free from allergens through cross-contamination. Item availability, selection, and hours subject to change. Prices before sales tax.

Help Reduce Plastic Waste

Bring-Your-Own Reusable Bottle to the concession stand and we will fill it for $2 (before tax) with any fountain flavor or slush flavor (excludes hot drinks)!


Water bottle refill stations are available year-round in the gift shop and Nature Exploration Center. Water bottle refill station located on the concession stand available during warm weather months only.


Snacks, bottled drinks, and Dippin' Dots are available year-round for purchase in the gift shop. Beverages available for purchase at the Coca-Cola vending machines located near the playground and accept cash and cards.

BYOB GRAPHIC $2 refills for fountain, slush, excludes hot drinks

Getting Around the Zoo & ADA Access

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 and ADA accessible, however inclines near the gibbon exhibit along the Asian Trail can be steep.


Sunset Zoo features six ADA-approved bathrooms, four changing stations located at the Nature Exploration Center and two in the family restrooms near the playground. 


Single strollers, double stroller, and push wagons are available for rent at the ticket booth.


  • Double Stroller (max weight 75lbs) | $5.25
  • Single Stroller (max weight 75lbs) | $4.25
  • Push Wagon (max weight 150lbs) | $3.25


Prices before sales tax, first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last, use at your own risk. Strollers and wagon do not include a canopy top.


Sunset Zoo Welcomes Nursing Mothers! 

Sunset Zoo does not have a private nursing room. Please contact Guest Services at 785-587-2737 for a private, comfortable location for nursing, lactation, or other personal needs.

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Parking is free and available in the main zoo lot across from the zoo’s ticket booth. Additional parking is found along Oak Street, in the overflow field across from Oak Street, and in the Manhattan High School side parking lots. ADA-approved sidewalks are located along the main zoo parking lot. Overnight parking is not permitted at Sunset Zoo.

Playground & Picnic Areas

A large open-air playground available south of the prairie dog exhibit featuring slides with a separate swing set. Adjacent to the playground is a covered pavilion featuring picnic tables. Additional ADA picnic tables are located on the concession stand deck and along the Prairie Dog exhibit. Zoo guests are welcome to enjoy the open limestone seating at the Chautauqua Amphitheater. Outside food and drink are allowed on zoo grounds. Alcohol, glassware, and grills are not permitted on zoo grounds.

Sunset Zoo Gift Shop

The gift shop is located at the zoo’s entryway and open year-round during regular business hours and can be accessed without paying admission. Featuring a large variety of toys, plush, clothing, animal art, and unique souvenirs of a variety of species. Known for selling a wide variety of plush stretching farther than animals on exhibit at Sunset Zoo. Explore a variety of plush including elephants, giraffes, rhinos, alligators, and more!

Gift shop layout
Gift shop layout

Service Animals

Service Animals are welcome at Sunset Zoo. Visitors with service animals should notify the presence of a service animal at time of arrival. Advance notice is appreciated, but not required. The care and supervision of service animals on zoo grounds is solely the responsibility of the handler. Other outside animals and pets are not permitted into the zoo.

Summer Cooling Misters

During the hot summer months, Sunset Zoo provides multiple water misters throughout the park located near the red panda exhibit, the concession stand, and along the Americas Trail.

Monthly Siren Test & Fort Riley

Riley County Emergency Management and Riley Count Police Department Dispatch Center test the outdoor warning sirens the first Monday of each month at 10:30am. With one siren located along the large water tower at the end of the zoo parking lot. This siren is very loud and startling, do not panic during the monthly test. We encourage guests with sensory issues to arrive after this test. Sign up for Riley County Emergency Notifications here

With proximity to the base at Fort Riley, the zoo may experience loud booms and shaking buildings. This is normal activity and will cease momentarily.

See Something, Say Something

Sunset Zoo staff are present throughout the park and may not see everything you are seeing and hearing. If you notice a distressed animal or guest(s) exhibiting inappropriate behavior towards an animal, zoo property, or other guests REPORT IT by calling Guest Services at 785-587-2737.