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Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    We go once or twice a year. I always park in the penguin parking lot across on the other side of the interstate (which is free parking). We visit turtle park which is a awesome for climbing and pictur...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    We decided to check out the zoo because it was free. It was a great free activity! We could have spent much more time there, but had other plans! Great family activity you won't regret! Definitely rec...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The St. Louis Zoo is beautiful, free, and located in a large park with several other attractions. You can take a tram to get around the park and avoid having to deal with parking. We visited the zoo m...  more »
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  • May 31, 2017
    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.
  • June 9, 2017
    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.
  • July 8, 2017
    Really is such beautiful grounds its truly hard to believe it's free. We've been there twice and have only spent a few hours each time as it's the half way point to break up our road trip. Still worth the limited time. We can't wait to spend a whole day there to explore and visit all the animals.
  • July 5, 2017
    Great enclosures and a plethora of animals to see. And, it's all free! If you get there early enough you can get free parking outside the north entrance. But, if not, it's only $15 parking. The Art Museum is right there too, so you could do two for free. The Penguin exhibit is incredible, and a cool area to get out of the heat.
  • May 4, 2017
    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.

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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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