Saint Louis Zoo

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  • Address: 1 Government Dr, St Louis, MO 63110, United States, 63110, Saint Louis
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-3147810900
  • Fax: +1-3146465532
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Zoo, Tourist Center, Family And Kids, Bird Watching, Social, Zoos, Aquariums And Wildlife Sanctuaries

Upon the earth, live five known kingdoms, each kingdom with its own special creatures and lifestyles. Our kingdom, the realm of animals, is the most visible upon the shared lands of our planet, as well as the most varied. Scientists say there are almost 10 million different species of animals on the planet besides us human beings. The need to respect and preserve the earth and all its creatures is at its greatest today, and the Saint Louis Zoo is a thriving institution that aims to fulfill this need.

With 6 ‘Zoo Zones’, home to hundreds, the zoo aims to learn about the kingdom of animals and spread the information, as well as preserve the animal heritage of Saint Louis. Founded in 1910, the zoo has become an international leader in animal research and conservation, while maintaining a happy and vibrant atmosphere for both animals and visitors.

Upon entering, you can choose to walk through the large zoo and visit the animals in their enclosures, or take the Zooline Railroad which will take you one and a half miles through the area. You’ll be bombarded with sights and sounds as you familiarize yourself with the gentle animals that live within each specially designed area.

  • The River’s Edge, the zoo’s first ever exhibit, will take you through four continents and their animal and plant natives. Floating hippos, rhinos wallowing in mud, cheetahs, hyenas and bears basking will help you learn more about South America, Africa, Asia and North America.
  • The Wild is home to different bears, penguins and puffins from the sub-Antarctic to the Tropical Rainforest. There are also two different ‘summer houses’ and ‘winter houses’ for the resident orangutans, chimps and gorillas!
  • The Discovery Station has one rule: learning is fun! With a slipper slide-y exhibit full of otters, sparkling butterflies, an education gallery and lots of other hands on exhibits, this is a child’s delight, and the educational material and demonstrations are sure to delight parents in equal measure.
  • Historic Hill is home to the Bird House and Bird Gardens. Bird watchers and lover of our avian friends will adore catching glimpses of these macaws, eagles, swans and doves and more. There are also sea lions, river otters, amphibians and reptiles to visit.
  • The Red Rocks is probably the only place on earth where some of the world’s most dominant predators and most elegant ‘prey’ live together peacefully within a few meters of each other. Tigers, jaguars, lions and leopards occupy one territory, with zebras, camels, giraffes and other graceful animals occupy another.
  • Lakeside Crossing, along with various food outlets and refreshment stalls, offers a grassy plaza where you can rest. It’s also home to sea lions and sting rays!
  • The zoo constantly adds new exhibits, and has recently opened an underwater viewing tunnel which will take you closer to animals that live under the sea. With a bevy of beautiful beasts and plenty of refreshment stalls, this wonderful zoo is rightfully considered one of the best in the world and a Saint Louis must see. 

  • Take comfortable shoes as a lot of walking will be involved.
  • They offer, for a charge, wheelchairs and strollers.
  • The zoo allows visitors to bring their own food and drinks.
  • The Living World building hosts exhibits, a cafeteria, and the Zoo’s main gift shop.
  • There is a large size carousel that costs $3 per person.

  • Parking is $6 for regular vehicles. It is $15 per vehicle (effective March 1, 2014) throughout the Zoo's peak season.
  • Certain exhibits, such as the Children’s Zoo and the Stingray Petting Pool, have fees but if you visit during the zoo’s opening hour, it’ll be free of charge.
  • There is a $10 “Safari Pass” that permits one entry to these attractions and other paid zoo features.
  • The St. Louis Zoo Line Railroad costs $5 per person for a round trip ticket.

  • There is a Forest Park Trolley that stops at Government Drive.
  • Ride MetroLink to Forest Park/DeBaliviere station, then take MetroBus route #90 Hampton south.
  • The #90 Hampton bus stops on Government Drive.

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  • Saint Louis Zoo Address: 1 Government Dr, St Louis, MO 63110, United States, 63110, Saint Louis
  • Saint Louis Zoo Contact Number: +1-3147810900
  • Saint Louis Zoo Timing: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Saint Louis Zoo Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Saint Louis Zoo(preferred time): 09:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Saint Louis Zoo: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Saint Louis include Saint Louis Zoo in their plan

  • 60.98% of people start their Saint Louis Zoo visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Saint Louis Zoo

Monday, Tuesday and Sunday

88% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Saint Louis Zoo

People normally club together Cathedral Basilica Of Saint Louis and Saint Louis Science Center while planning their visit to Saint Louis Zoo.

People also prefer to start their day with Saint Louis Zoo.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures
  • I know it's petty to drop a star for arguably the best free zoo in the country, but I'm used to the Bronx Zoo in NY and this just doesn't compare. The best stuff you have to pay for (like the cool train and the stingrays) and the zoo is small. That's great if you don't want to pay for the train and have to walk around, but it means the animal enclosures aren't huge, and the big cats are only visible from high above the animals. They look tiny if you can even see them, and you basically don't see their faces unless they look up for some reason. It's more like a long walk with some animals around than a great zoo experience, especially if you can't pay for extras. That said, if you CAN pay, it's a pretty great half-day experience.

  • We went in the summer and the animals were all hidden. I'm guessing from the heat. We went in Jan. it was much better. All the animals were up walking around, it was awesome. We even got this great pic of a gorilla.... plus a few more pics.

  • We love the zoo but the prices on things is just unbelievable,we have so many family's that can barley afford to take there children to the zoo,but then when they are able too once in the zoo you can barely afford to buy something to drink its just so sad that we the people have to pay so much for something to eat and drink just unbelievable that going to see one of god's animal's that he place here on earth would cost his people so much to come and see something that he freely stuck here on earth for us to enjoy he never charged us a dime for those animals of all kinds so could you guys cut these small children a brake on food and drink prices i mean create a dollar menu like the rest of the world has make these kids happy and make it easier on parents that don't have much money but loves too bring there children to the zoo,really we should be able to come to the zoo and enjoy it, instead everyone is worrying about how much they have to spend to even get a drink we shouldn't have to go through all that. not really enjoying to have the worry the whole time your at the zoo about how much its going to set family's back just to see the animals that good gave us for nothing,so please can we at least come up with some reasonable menu's for the children at would be very much appreciated...

  • Nothing special as far as zoos go. The penguins are pretty cool but that's probably the best part. It is a nice family destination and it is free. Parking is tricky and the park is huge so it isn't something you do if you only have an hour to waste. Nice place though.

  • This is our number 1 favorite place to visit in St Louis! I LOVE the stingrays! Definitely check the schedule and go during feeding time. It's an amazing experience. I recommend getting the safari pass. It doesn't cost anything to get into the zoo, nut with the pass you can see the 4D movie, watch the sea lion show, visit the children's zoo, and ride the train unlimited times during your visit. If you have small children I recommend using a small umbrella style stroller if you're going to ride the train because those are the only ones allowed on the train. You can park for free in Forest Park. We like to use the paid parking lot for a few reasons. It's convienienly located right across the street. If you go on a busy day and you want to park for free in forest park you totally can, but you might have to walk a little ways. We found that at the end of a long day of walking inside the zoo the kids' feet were very tired and so were ours. We had no desire to walk around the park trying to remember where we parked!

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