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.
It's a great way if you don't have a lot of money visit the animals, and maybe before you go in have a nice picnic lunch at Forest Park or at the zoo at one of the tables.
It could be a nice first date where it can be just fun and not any expectations.
Also great if you have kids and dont want to spend a bunch of money.
No family trip is complete without a trip to the St. Louis Zoo!! Even by myself I had a fun time (even though my favorite animals', the gorillas and Chimpanzees, habitate was under construction and they weren't there). There are lots of animals to see from all over the globe- California Sea Lions, Asian Elephants, Giraffes, Polar Bears, Penguins, various birds, boa constrictors, the list goes on and on. There is something for everyone. Though know that in the winter, even though the zoo is open, there were quite a few animals not out in their "habitats".
Def do try and catch the daily feedings of the bears, sea lions, and penguins---it was neat seeing the sea lions be tossed pounds upon pounds of makrel! :-)
The Zoo is open 8am - 7pm (Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day) and 9am-5pm (the rest of the year)
The Zoo is FREE (though if you want to park by the zoo it costs $9--though it all goes to the up-keep of the zoo).
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
This area includes the elephants, cheetahs, & hyenas.
This area includes the polar icecaps & tropical rain forests & the animals who inhabit these inhospitable places.
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.
This is a slow paced strolling area with architecture of the 1920's. It includes primates, reptiles, & birds.
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
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.
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.
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.