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Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis

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#1 of 140 in Parks in Missouri
One of the world's top-rated free-admission animal parks, features both indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as a children's petting zoo. Divided into themed zones and dedicated to conserving endangered species and their natural habitats, the zoo shelters over 18,000 animals. Get up close and personal with a range of furry and flying creatures by walking around the exhibits on your own, or take a guided tour on the zoo's narrow-gauge railroad for an in-depth look at several habitats. Don't miss the zoo's big cat country, home to lions, leopards, tigers, jaguars, and cougars. The zoo also offers dining and souvenirs at shops and restaurants spread throughout its grounds. Plan to see Saint Louis Zoo and other attractions that appeal to you using our Saint Louis travel planner .
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  • The Saint Louis Zoo is beautiful at Christmas time. Take your family and go see the lights and all of the animals. It is a blast!  more »
  • We love the Zoo, it is free and a must see. We go every time we are in town. Children always have fun N learn at the same time.  more »
  • I went into this zoo a little skeptical. It's free to go around the zoo, and I am a teenager. I don't know too many teenagers who say "Hey dad! I want to hike through the ice and snow, for a free zoo....  more »
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  • We went on a colder day, and it was still so nice, even for just two adults. There weren't a lot of people since it was a little cold, but this also meant some of the enclosures were empty. Still, we saw a lot of cool looking animals and it was a very relaxing day. The gift shop has a lot of variety for some souvenirs to take home. Loved it here!
  • What a great place to visit and take the kids! And it's free to get in! If you arrive when the zoo opens, there is abundant free parking within a short walking distance. As for the attractions, the zoo continues to expand and improve the animal displays. It provides great viewing for the guests and plenty of interest for the animals. Definitely the best zoo in America and worth a visit!
  • We were in St Louis this past week on business and it was recommended that we go see Wild Lights at the zoo when our seminars ended that evening. Unfortunately, we arrived one day too early for the event- we were there on a Tuesday- BUT the kind and friendly staff on duty - they were having a preschool night - went out of their way to be welcoming. We were able to take a quick look at the lights outside the main entry building and were even invited in to see what the preschoolers were doing. Then the guard gave us a lot of good advice about other attractions and let us wait inside until our Uber arrived. The lights we did see looked awesome and we hope to return some day to see the zoo, but the people working here were so courteous we felt they deserved 5 stars.
  • I've been to several zoos across the country, and this one is, by far, my absolute favorite. Parking is easy (and don't tell anyone, but it's free at Turtle Park). The food is good, and it is as expensive as food would be at any zoo (duh!). (If you don't like how expensive zoo food is, then don't eat at the zoo. Lol.) Anyway, the animals have tons of space, and, so far as I can tell, are treated in the utmost humane way possible. There is always something new to see, and it's honestly fun for everyone, children and adults alike. Other zoos fail where this one succeeds. Overall my impression of St. Louis is pretty dismal after living here off and on for a few years, but this zoo is one of its saving graces, no doubt. Don't go changing, Saint Louis Zoo.
  • The zoo itself is one of the best in the US and is constantly in the top 2 for free zoos in the world. The animals have a ton of space, the shows are great, and there are more animals than in most zoos. I would suggest going early so you can get free parking on the street. If you go midday on a weekend, you're going to have a hard time finding close, free parking. At that point, it's probably better to pay for zoo parking. Also, bring your own food. They have decent food, but like all zoos, it's pricey.

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Saint Louis is famous for its relatively low cost of living, so you can often find affordable rooms even in its most expensive hotels. The sprawling metropolitan region boasts nearly 40,000 hotel rooms, 8,000 of them in downtown. In this area, you can choose from a range of full-service hotels offering all the comforts of home within walking distance of the city's major attractions. If all you need is a decent bed, consider an inn near the airport.
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