The hot exhibit, or very cold exhibit as the case may be, is the Polar Bear exhibit. But we love our penguins and monkeys and so much more at the zoo.
When the Kansas City Zoo opened in 1909, it was 60 acres and one building. A garden on the grounds provided the majority of the food for the animals inside.
Today, the zoo is more than 200 acres, has more than 1300 animals and consistently wracks up awards as one of the top zoos in the country.
In 2009, the original building re-opened as a rain forest. The Tropics is a mild, humid environment featuring plants and animals from three continents. A glass-enclosed bridge allows you to walk along while Asian small-clawed otters swim beneath your feet and monkeys swing on vines overhead.
Parking is free.