Riverside Park and Ralph Mitchell Zoo, Independence

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Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
For Building Rentals: see http://independenceks.gov/Facilities or call 620-332-2500

For General Park and Zoo Questions: call 620-332-2512

Zoo is open EVERY DAY including all holidays except Christmas Day & New Years Day. Zoo is FREE (donation box located by macaw exhibit)

Park is open EVERY DAY including holidays

Carousel rides are 5 cents

Train rides are 50 cents

Miniature Golf is $2

(donations are accepted at the carousel and train ticket booth)

Park, Zoo, and Cemetery Director: Barb Beurskens

Cemetery Sexton: Jim Bennett

Zoo Supervisor: Katie Southworth
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  • At least half of the animal cages were empty. The three bears were hibernating. The famed Monkey Island was deserted. We did manage to see a cougar, a swan, two emus, some monkeys, a turkey vulture...  more »
  • This is how City Parks used to be. Large, SAFE, Friendly and FREE Admission with lots to do and see. The Park has a Large Playground, Swimming Pool, Miniature Train, Merry Go Round and Miniature...  more »
  • What A Nice Park! Lots of things to do for children or just take a nice stroll. Several animals. There is also a carousel and a small train that are reasonably priced. The veterans memorial was my favorite. It was very informative and up to date. Could easily spend an entire day here.
  • It's a beautiful little place and worth the visit. They have spider monkeys, some swans and ducks, raccoons, a red fox and a few other critters. They have a beautiful butterfly garden that is filled with species I've never seen. The waterways and ponds ate in dire need of cleaning as we seen ample amounts of plastic in the form of bottles and wrappers floating around. Very sad to see. Admission is FREE!
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