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Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis

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Zoo / Aquarium
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 visit Saint Louis Zoo during your Saint Louis vacation using our convenient Saint Louis vacation trip planner.
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  • Admission is free. Parking was $15. Tons of exhibits and animals to see. Brought in a backpack full of water so that was nice. Was there for several hours and still didn't view the entire park. Great ...  more »
  • Shows were great, especially the sea lions and penguins. The penguin house was a great place to cool off on a hot day.  more »
  • This zoo had it all. The seals and stingrays were great fun to watch. The polar bears were having fun in this hot day. We spent most of our time with the water animals with another trip needed for the...  more »
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  • If there were more stars to give, I would give them! A fantastic experience and wonderful staff made this trip to the St Louis zoo a lasting memory. This is a must see attraction for anyone visiting. My wife and I were surprised to discover that this zoo has free admission. We were also surprised by the size of the zoo and all the different attractions they had to offer. The park was clean and everywhere we looked we saw a zoo staff members. Everyone seems happy and were willing to answer any touristy questions we had. Almost all of the animal in the exhibits were active. The layout of the zoo helped to stop overflow to a few exhibits. They only line we waited in was the penguin enclosure, but it was well worth the wait. We did not expect to be so close to some of the animals in these exhibits. The little kid in me wanted to reach out and touch some of these animals but, in spite of being kicked out, I only looked on in awe. When they say it is the Best Free Attraction AND the Best Zoo in America, it is well deserved and not underestimated.
  • No matter how many times we go to the zoo, my kids never grow tired of it. It's free admission though you may have to pay for parking if you don't feel like parking on the side of the road. I never pay for parking because there has always been plenty of free spots when we have gone. It's clean and the staff really cares about their positions and the animals here. Some activities may cost a small fee. It's really not that expensive. It's a big zoo, so of course there are plenty of bathrooms and places to get a drink and food and you are allowed to bring your own picnic. Do some research before you go and plan your trip because all the information you need is on the website or you can call. The food is not overpriced in my opinion. I get the souvenir cups since we go so often. The adults and parents that come here impress me too, they always step away so that the children can see the animals. Very nice atmosphere here, always relaxing. We go early in the hotter months to avoid the heat but they do have several buildings you can take refuge in that have exhibits as well.
  • The monkeys are in a building and have very small spaces. None of them were happy in fact one of the monkeys looked like he was crying. Monkeys need outside and space to play. All the animals were in small spaces. I've never been to a zoo with such sad animals. Every zoo I've ever been to the animals had space to play. I'm an animal lover so I'm sensitive to them. And Chloe the polar bear had a very small pool I believe they all need bigger spaces!!!
  • My boyfriend and I came here on a rainy Sunday and we still absolutely loved it! The exhibits were amazing! I could have watched the animals all day. The size of the polar bear was breath taking! The penguin exhibit was the best I have ever seen! The animals were all very lively and playful. It was so much fun! We went as a date, but this would be an awesome place for groups and families as well. Children would absolutely love it here! There is so much to see and so much to do! And it is free! We will be going back again in the future! By far the best zoo I have ever visited.
  • I have always been a huge fan of the St Louis Zoo! Free admission and you can park for free if you don't mind walking a little ways. The staff has always been very friendly and they are constantly upgrading animal exhibits to make things new and better for the animals! We have an awesome sea lion tunnel where you can see the sea lions swimming all around you, a penguin house where you can get up close and personal with the penguins and puffins, and so much more! The houses are all fun to visit, reptile house, primate house, and the bird house. We have a membership which includes free parking, train tickets, and children's zoo tickets - we go every few weeks! I remember going as a child and having a great time, I went with friends when I was in high school and still had a lot of fun! I am now a mother and enjoy taking my 18 month old, and she really enjoys herself as well. I love our zoo and highly recommend it to all ages!