Hours & Admission

We are now open daily 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. We will continue to maintain quality health precautions to ensure public safety. 

Beginning Sunday, November 1, our Winter Hours will begin with hours of operation being 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. daily. 

 Please see this link for full details. 


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:
We are open daily from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
We begin Winter Hours 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. November 1 - April 1

The Zoo will continue its safety practices for COVID-19 with daily sanitizing and safe social distancing guidelines throughout the Zoo.  

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

 - NOW OPEN 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. daily!  Beginning November 1, our Winter Hours begin 12 p.m. - 4 p.m. daily. 
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.   Now available and sanitized 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

 - Currently on hold due to COVID-19
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.