Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis

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    Nationally Acclaimed Saint Louis Zoo

    by deecat Updated Jun 7, 2005

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    Zoo Entrance and Long-Tailed Monkey

    It had been more than 30 years since I had visited this zoo, and since the Saint Louis Zoo is ranked among the top zoos in the nation, I knew that it was time to see it again.

    Being off season, it was easy to find street parking for free. Otherwise, lot parking cost $8.00 per day. Admission to the zoo, however, is FREE.

    The zoo is divided into six distinct areas to accomodate 7,000 animals.

    RIVER'S EDGE
    This area includes the elephants, cheetahs, & hyenas.

    THE WILD
    This area includes the polar icecaps & tropical rain forests & the animals who inhabit these inhospitable places.

    DISCOVERY CORNER
    Basically, this area is for children to learn about & mingle with such creatures as goats, bunnies, and butterflies. It's an interactive & hands-on area.

    HISTORIC HILL
    This is a slow paced strolling area with architecture of the 1920's. It includes primates, reptiles, & birds.

    RED ROCKS
    This area has a natural setting for big cats, zebras, giraffes, camels, and antelopes.

    The zoo has special areas for pay such as the Children's Petting Zoo, The Conservation Carousel, The Insectarium, The Zooline Railroad, & The Sea Lion Show.

    The zoo provides many places to eat with four restaurants and numerous snack stands. Also, two gift shops are open each day.

    A Safari Pass is available & includes admission to the railroad, children's zoo, Sea Lion Show, and the Insectarium.

    The 1904 Flight Cage (a huge rounded-top Cage for birds) is a structure that remains from the World's Fair of 1904. A new Cypress Swamp has been built inside the cage.

    Located in the Southwestern part of Forest Park, it's a short ten minute drive from the city center.
    Open in the summer from 8am-7pm
    Open in the non-peak Season from 9am-5pm

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    St. Louis Zoo - Zoo not to be missed!

    by SLLiew Updated Jan 30, 2007

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    Took a tram and get off new this impressive zoo.

    My usual favorites are the primates. Saw one of the best enclosures I have seen for gorillas. There are different walking levels and glass views for viewing to see the gorillas up close. Plenty of greenery and even artificial waterfalls within the enclosure.

    The zoo is divided into different zones.
    1) River's Edge - Elephants, hyenas, cheetahs.
    2) The Wild - Penguins, bears, great apes.
    3) Discovery Corner - Petting animals for children.
    4) Historic Hill - Primates, birds, reptiles.
    5) Red Rocks - Big cats, zebras, giraffes, antelopes.
    6) Lakeside Crossing - Souvenir, refreshments.

    Admission is free. A few optional attractions has admission fees.

    Open daily 9am to 5pm. Closed for Christmas and New Year's Day.

    If using the MetroLink, stop at Forest Park/DeBaliviere station and take connecting Metrobus.

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    The Best Zoo and It's Free

    by changeinlatitude Updated Mar 4, 2006

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    St. Louis has one of the best Zoo's in the country. The best thing about it is it is FREE!!!!

    What a great place to take your kids while you are here, or just the two of you. Walk through the very well maintained paths and see lions, tigars, monkies and soo much more.

    They recently have finished the penguin facility and it is SPECTACULAR;

    The Children's Zoo ia also a lot of fun. The kids can have hands on experience with all kinds of creatures. There is a fee to enter the Children's Zoo, but it is worth it.

    The food, beer, soft drinks and other goodies are a little pricey, but all proceeds go directly back into the Zoo, so just keep that in mind.

    Take the train ride. It is a great way to get around the entire Zoo and get a little rest at the same time. All conductors are volunteers and usually have been with the Zoo for many years. Again, there is a small fee for this ride, but it is fun.

    Here is a little history of our Zoo. I hope you enjoy your visit.

    "The Saint Louis Zoo has educated, entertained and earned a place in the hearts of St. Louisans for generations. With the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904, there began a long and slow process to establish a zoological park. Sure enough, local pride in the giant elliptical bird cage led to formation of a St. Louis Zoological Society in 1910. The City of St. Louis set aside 77 acres in Forest Park for a zoo and named a Zoological Board of Control in 1913. State legislation provided that "the zoo shall be forever free," which has kept the Zoo accessible to millions of visitors ever since."

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    Zoo is Very Good Adventure

    by BruceDunning Written Aug 21, 2010

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    One of the finest zoos in the country-in fact rated in top 10. It is free to the open areas, and nominal charges for kid's section, special attractions and train rides; all no more than $5. The zoo covers about 200 acres and been in operation over 100 years, when it started after the 1904 World's Fair. is laid out in a very nice manner where you go in circles to see the sites.
    The butterfly house is especially good and has a number of species inside.

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    Winter Picnic at the Zoo

    by jandris Written Mar 11, 2008

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    When it warms up just a bit in late winter, Steve and I often head to the Zoo for a winter picnic. We pack sandwiches, chips, fruit and cookies in a paper bag, and either a thermos of hot coffee or buy some at Panera. The Zoo is free, and if you're willing to walk a bit to get there, you can park free, too along the side roads in Forest Park. We usually enter through the entrance near the Art Museum. There are tables on the outside of the Zoo Administration Building which also contains the Children's Zoo. We either turn left to see the bears or go across the railroad tracks and find a park bench in front of the lake with all the water birds. The seals are right there too. This time we just focused on going to the Bird House which is a great way to warm up if it is a little chilly. Also, the Zoo keeps a fantastic display of large and small birds in this house.

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  • Great zoo

    by coachnos Written Aug 6, 2009

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    FREE
    +Food
    +Parking
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    A fun day

    Okay so the free zoo cost us about $75, but it was worth it. Parking was $11, but if you plan you can park for free. Safari passes, a must have if you have kids $10 each (we got a coupon from a travel center for BOGO). Food can gat pricey, but you are allowed to bring your own (we wanted to experience to whole outing so we purchased ours, Parmesan CHk sandwich, BBQ pork sand, drinks, 2 kids meals + $23, 2 rootbeer floats, and a funnel cake sundae = $12).
    The exhibits are good. Best is penguin and Puffin Coast, up close and personal, we even got splashed by a penguin that was about 2 feet away (it is colder in this exhibit). The hippos were very close as well. If you get there during the first hour you can get into Stingrays at Carribean Cove free ($3 each otherwise) and pet live stingrays.
    Alot of walking.

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  • Nothing Like a day at the Zoo

    by lv2qwlt Written Oct 16, 2007

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    The St. Louis Zoo is the best! Our family has been going here forever, just like our parents and grandparents did. It is a world renown zoo, and the people in the metropolitan area voted several times to pay a tax just to keep it free for everyone! Yep, that is right, no admission. What other zoo can say that?

    The zoo is located on 77 acres in Forest Park, easy to find and easy to navigate. Because of the great citizen support, the zoo is always able to upgrade and improve. Although there are a lot of historical buildings in the park, plans are in the works to rework and improve the bear pits next. Add that to all the other newly renovated areas, and you have a very nice, family oriented zoo.

    Open daily until dark, except closed Christmas Day.

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    Zoo days

    by ocicat Written Dec 17, 2005

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    My favorite place to visit in St. Louis and in my opinion one of the best zoos in the US. And general admission is FREE!! There is a $4 charge for the children's zoo (which this adult never misses) and the sea lion show is $3 (only during summer).

    Bring your camera for wonderful photo ops.

    Hours
    The Zoo is open everyday, except December 25 (Christmas Day) and January 1 (New Year's Day). See below for holiday hours and early closing.

    Open: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Summer hours (Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day): 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Holiday Hours and Early Closings:

    December 24, 2005 (Christmas Eve Day) -- Open 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    December 25, 2005 (Christmas Day) -- Zoo closed
    December 31, 2005 (New Year's Eve) -- Open 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    January 1, 2006 (New Year's Day) -- Zoo closed
    July 26, 2006 (early closing for an event) -- Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    August 23, 2006 (early closing for an event) -- Open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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  • Great zoo

    by sockdrawer Written Aug 17, 2005

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    How elephants stay cool

    This was a great family zoo.

    There is a lot of talk about it being free, but I had no problem spending money there, it seemed.

    My suggestion is to buy the "Safari Pass" for $10 a person when you first get there. This gets you on the train, in the Children's Zoo, into the Sea Lion show, on the Carousel. I paid for 4 people on the train before I figured this one out, and at $2 a pop on the Carousel and many animals to choose from, this pays for itself easily when taking 4 or 5 rides on it. Also keeps you from digging in your wallet all day long.

    We parked on the street near the north entrance. It was easy to find a spot, and we were there about an hour after opening. I wouldn't think it would take for than 5 minutes of driving around to find a free spot.

    The penquin house is kept at 45 degrees, so on really hot days like the one we were there for, this is a popular spot, we kind of kept going back there to see (and smell) the cute little guys.

    The sea lion show was excellent, though not much of a breeze in the arena.

    All in all, a great zoo for $10 a person. Trust me, buy the Safari Pass.

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  • This is an outstanding zoo

    by WaywardHoosier Updated Sep 26, 2006

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    The Zoo is free. It does cost to park across the street in the parking lot but it is free to park in the streets.

    If you like zoos, this is a must visit. Historic buildings (for a zoo) and a history of excellence. This is the zoo that Marlon Perkins was the curator of when Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom was on in the 60's and 70's.

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    Best Zoo in the Midwest

    by cckbp7 Updated Mar 11, 2007

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    The St. Louis Zoo is considered one of the best in the country. It is located in Forest Park about 10 min from downtown. I paticularly enjoy the Penguin and Puffin exhibit and the Big Cat Country. Admission is free. A great place to visit on a family vacation.

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    Gotta go to the Zoo! It's a...

    by slabeaume Updated Apr 23, 2003

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    Polar bear at the zoo

    Gotta go to the Zoo! It's a first class zoo! And it's free. Expect to have a hard time finding a place to park on nice days, though, it draws a big crowd and deservedly so! It's cat country; 1904 World's Fair bird "cage"; new River Country for the rhinos, elephants, hippos and such; Ape house; reptile house; seal shows; Monkey house; and bear exhibits are just a few of the outstanding things to see here. If you're into zoos---that's reason enough to come to St. Louis!
    Although it's free to get into the zoo, there is a really neat Children's zoo with baby animals and a playground in that area. There is a fee to go in there. As well as for the River Country.
    The zoo is huge---you can easily spend the whole day here.
    There's also a building full of free learning exhibits. It's called The Living Zoo.
    And , of course, there are lots of snack bars in the zoo and a couple really nice gift shops.

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  • I wish it would have been a...

    by Starlas Updated Apr 27, 2003

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    I wish it would have been a little cooler on Saturday, The Zoo would have been much more pleasant. But, all and all I had a nice time. Next time we will have to go when it's cooler, maybe we will get to see more animals.

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    One of the Best!

    by NaughtyArty Written Jun 25, 2009

    Go to the St. Louis Zoo! It is always ranked among the best in the country. I've been to many other zoos, including the famous San Diego Zoo. I thought ours was better. It's also FREE! That's right, you don't have to pay $16.50 per adult to get in.

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    Free with a lot to see and do!

    by sabogg01 Written Sep 19, 2007
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    We went to the St. Louis Zoo in June and we loved it!! The zoo was large with a lot of exhibits. The animals seemed to be in a "natural" looking habitat with a lot of room for them to roam around. While the zoo was free, as was parking, there were a few things that was required to be paid for, but we had no problem buying lunch at the park with all of the free stuff that we had access to. Lunch at the zoo cafeteria was on average about $8 per person. Just do not go on a hot day, as shade is scarce! I would reccommend and most defiantly go back again!

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