Whether you are looking for a place to cool down, or simply want to have some water fun, Kansas has many water parks and aquatic centers to offer that combine water, slides, and guaranteed fun! From indoor to outdoor places, here’s a list of the best options for both kids and adults to play in the water for hours!

Where: 799 SW Blaisdell Dr, Topeka, KS, USA
Hours: 9 AM- 5 PM Daily | Year-round, but closed Christmas Day and New Years Day

Discover more than 300 animals in this family-favorite destination!

Enjoy the many animal exhibits, go on a safari, experience the breathtaking foliage of the tropics in the Tropical Rainforest, and interact with domestic animals in the Children’s Zoo! The entire family will spend a wonderful day!

Where: 5397 W Zoo Blvd, Wichita, KS, USA
Hours: 8:30 AM – 5 PM (Summer) | 10 AM – 5 PM (Winter) | Open 364 days a year! Only closed on their fundraiser in September

It will be a big mistake to not visit the No. 1 outdoor family tourist attraction in Kansas.

You will get to see more than 3,000 animals of more than 400 different species in a place dedicated to inspiring respect and conservation of wildlife and wild places. Don’t miss the chance to see some amazing exotic animals!

Where: County Rd 1425, Caney, KS, USA
Hours: Call ahead for times! Year-round, but dependent on weather

The Safari Zoological Park offers the chance to go on a guided tour through the 10-acre facility and choose among different tour options.

Whether you choose to touch and hold the animals or take pictures with the giant snake and the alligator, you surely will enjoy this amazing experience of meeting wonderful species!

Where: 312 E Finnup Dr, Garden City, KS, USA
Hours: 8 AM – 7 PM (closes 5 PM Labor Day to March 31) | 7 days a week. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day

See Kansas native animals and exotic species, walk through lovely walking paths, enjoy the spacious animal exhibits and the playground for the little ones, have a picnic, and more!

You will see elephants, lions, bears, primates, and many more amazing animals. Visit the Lee Richardson Zoo and connect with wildlife!

Where: 2333 Oak St, Manhattan, KS, USA
Hours: Open 9:30 AM – 5 PM Daily (March to Oct) | 12 PM – 5 PM (Rest of the year) | Open 360 days a year, but closed Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve / Day & New Year’s Day.

Home to 200 animals, the Sunset Zoo is a perfect place to visit with the family and spend a special day.

Have an up-close view of some of the world’s most fascinating animals such as tigers, primates, flamingos, and more.

Where: 1000 S Hawkins Ln, Goddard, KS, USA
Hours: May to Labor Day 9 AM – 5 PM | Every other date 10:30 AM – 5 PM

Spend an amazing day at Kansas’ most interactive zoo!

It has six feeding stations, animal rides, a walk-through exhibit and amazing animals to watch! Have a wildly different experience at Tanganyika Wildlife Park!

Where: David Traylor Zoo of Emporia, Soden Road, Emporia, KS, USA
Hours: 10 AM – 4:30 PM Sunday – Saturday

Se all kinds of reptiles, mammals, birds, amphibians, and more at the David Taylor Zoo of Emporia.

You will spend an amazing day with the entire family and meeting some cool animal species!

Where: 3783 State Highway 68, Louisburg, KS, USA
Hours: Tours are by appointment only

Go on a guided tour at this special place. Cedar Cove takes care and preserves endangered large cats.

The keepers make sure the felines are in a stress-free environment and are not exploited. Don’t miss the chance to learn more about felines in this amazing sanctuary.

Where: 6 Emerson Loop, Hutchinson, KS 67501, USA
Hours: Open Daily 10 AM – 4:45 PM

Take a tour at the Prairie Thunder Railroad, uncover dinosaur fossils at the Dinosaur Dig Area, enjoy a nice walk through Kansas and discover amazing wildlife, and more!

Children and families love visiting the Hutchinson Zoo!

Where: 13200 NW 30th St, Benton, KS 67017, USA
Hours: Contact Animal Crackers Zoo for Hours Information

Animal Crackers is an interactive petting zoo.

You will have the chance to interact with farm animals through feeding, petting, grooming, and other hands-on opportunities. People of all ages and groups of all sizes are welcome.