Hours & Admission

Sunset Zoo is temporarily CLOSED to the public until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We appreciate your understanding. You can view our daily updates on our social media channels and check back for updates. 

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.

Hours of Operation

Open seven days a week, 360 days a year.
Now open 12 pm to 5 pm daily.
The Zoo is closed Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Daily Zoo Hours

  • April through October: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
  • November through March: 12 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunset Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums; our commitment to the highest level of animal care and guest experience. 

Gift Shop

The Zoo's gift shop is open year round when the Zoo is open. Snacks are available for purchase in the gift shop.

Expedition Cafe

The Expedition Cafe will open April 4th for weekends only from 11am to 4:30pm. Expedition Cafe will start opening daily 11am to 4:30pm starting May 30th. 

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.   
 *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

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.