Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis

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Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis - Address, Phone Number

Address: 1 Government Dr, St Louis, MO 63110, United States

Phone: +1-3147810900

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

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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. 

Saint Louis Zoo Information

  • 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.

Saint Louis Zoo Ticket Prices

  • 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.

How To reach Saint Louis Zoo by Public Transport

  • 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.

Restaurants Near Saint Louis Zoo

  • Jimmy’s On the Park (American, Fast food)
  • Carl’s Deli (American)
  • Sweetie Pie’s (Southern/Soul)
  • Pappy’s Smoke House (American, Barbecue)

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Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Reviews - Write a Review

  • Located in West St. Louis I saw this was the top attraction and now I know why. The exhibits are mostly theme based and you get that "disney" feel. Buy the train ticket and's an all day ticket and we used it 4 different times just for the fun of it! You'll pay for parking but zoo is free. The cafe is amazing...lots of selections of good food and tasted great too. Plan on half a day here to take it all in. We were there during the day but the Boo at the Zoo decorations are two thumbs up amazing. Thank you St Louis Zoo!!

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  • WOW! This place is simply amazing! This Zoo is amazingly well maintained. The number of animals here is mind boggling. They seem to do a good job of creating enjoyable spaces for the animals. The Polar Bear and Penguins areas are very very well done. It's wonderful that this place is free! Consider making a donation after your visit.

  • We love this zoo! The penguin exhibit and the sea lion underwater tunnel were memories I'll have for a lifetime!! I could have sat there for hours watching and taking pictures. The area surrounding the zoo is beautiful this time of year with the leaves changing and it happened to be a perfect temperature to be outside. The best part....It's FREE!! My husband and I went by ourselves, without our kids, and I'm very glad we did! Next time we'll bring the kids back to experience St Louis.

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  • I'm not a Zoo fan as I believe animal should be in the wild but I enjoyed my time there. A lot of species are near extinct and I believe this Zoo could have a role in preserving some of them. The Zoo is clean and well maintain and have a lot of species. Free entrance

  • Tons of walking but few animals to see. Beautiful foliage and nice waterfalls. Price at free is great but if you want to see tons of animals and walk less go to Kansas City or Omaha Zoo's.

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