Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis

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One Government Drive (314)781-0900
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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."

    Address: One Government Drive

    Directions: Southwestern part of Forest Park.

    Phone: (314)781-0900

    Website: http://www.stlzoo.org

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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.

    Address: One Government Drive

    Directions: Southwestern part of Forest Park.

    Phone: (314)781-0900

    Website: http://www.stlzoo.org/

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  • Great zoo

    by sockdrawer Written Aug 17, 2005

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    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.

    Address: One Government Drive

    Directions: Southwestern part of Forest Park.

    Phone: (314)781-0900

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    Nationally Acclaimed Saint Louis Zoo

    by deecat Updated Jun 7, 2005

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    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

    Address: One Government Drive

    Directions: Southwestern part of Forest Park.

    Phone: (314)781-0900

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

    by slabeaume Updated Apr 23, 2003

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    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.

    Address: In Forest Park bordering Highway 40.

    Directions: Just west of downtown on Highway 40.

    Phone: 314-781-0900

    Website: http://www.stlzoo.org

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    The Safari Pass

    by senoritamc Written Jul 24, 2005

    With this pass you get to do all the special zoo activities without paying each fee. These fees can get to be expensive. The Safari pass is the only way to go.

    Address: One Government Drive

    Directions: Southwestern part of Forest Park.

    Phone: (314)781-0900

    Need a Safari Pass or pay a fee

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    The Zoo

    by senoritamc Written Jul 24, 2005

    I have been going to the Zoo for many years. As a child and now as an adult with my children. They are adding new things all the time. The Zoo is always free.

    Address: One Government Drive

    Directions: Southwestern part of Forest Park.

    Phone: (314)781-0900

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