Hours & Admission

Spring/Summer Hours
9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daily 
(Spring/Summer dates April 1 - October 31)

 Fall/Winter Hours

12 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Daily
(Fall/Winter dates November 1 - March 31)


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.

Home to over 150 amazing animals – from anteater to wallaby – Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, KS offers up-close views of amazing animals including emus, otters, leopards and a jumping, hooting array of primates.

Gift Shop

OPEN 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily during Summer hours and 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. during Winter hours.

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 2023 Season

- Open Daily 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Mid August to late October

- Open Weekends 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Late May to early August 

The Café features a brand-new menu that includes burger and hot dog baskets, slushies, classic snacks like  nactos and soft pretzels, yogurt,  Dippin' Dots and more! 


Daily Admission 

Double strollers are available to rent for $5.25 each, single strollers for $4.25 each, and wagons for $3.25 each. Purchase at Gift Shop. 

*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.