Swope Park, at 1,805 acres, is more than twice the size of Central Park in New York City. Created in 1896, the land was donated to Kansas City by Thomas H. Swope, a real estate magnate.
The park is home to Starlight Theater, the Soccer Village Sports Complex, the Swope Park Golf Course and the Kansas City Zoo. The 202-acre zoo was founded in 1909. It is home to more than 1,300 animals. In 2008, the Kansas City Zoo was voted one of America's best zoos.
It was ranked number one in the nation for “African Animals and Exhibits,” The Zoo was also ranked among the top 10 in the nation for “Australian Animals and Exhibits” and for “Pachyderms: Elephants, Rhinos, Hippos”. “America’s Best Zoos 2008” ranks the Kansas City Zoo as the number one zoo in the nation for viewing both chimpanzees and kangaroos. As we celebrate this bicentennial year, perhaps you will make the Kansas City Zoo a destination for a great summer outing.