Zoos & Wildlife

St Louis Zoo

St. Louis, MO

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Address: 1 Government Dr, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA Number: 314 781-0900 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

At the St Louis Zoo, it's an adventure every time you visit!

The St Louis Zoo is set across 90 acres in a beautiful Forest Park, and is actually home to over 600 species of animals from ALL over the world. Many of these are rare and endangered, so kids will really have a treat to see something special as they walk around this popular zoo.

In fact, the zoo many have over 600 species of animals, but that equates to over 16,000 actual wild animals within the park. Pretty incredible!

You know what else we love about St Louis Zoo? It's one of the few zoos that offer FREE admission in the nation! Even more of a reason to head there!

This adorable zoo began back in 1910, and it's known for it's beautiful naturalistic exhibits, as well as it's diverse collection of animals from across major continents.

There are SO many things to do and see at St Louis Zoo. At the Rivers Edge, kids can see bush dogs, black rhinos, Asian elephants, cheetahs and hyenas. You can walk on The Wild side and experience grizzly bears, puffins, penguins, polar bears, primates and more.

The Discovery Center is home to the Emerson Children's Zoo, where kids can enjoy additional learning and hands-on fun as they discovery butterflies, and play with goats and guinea pigs, and even explore the Insectarium too!

Take a stroll through the Bird House and Garden, as well as the Primate House, or hoof it up to the Red Rocks as you're greeted by lions, jaguars, tigers, zebras, kangaroos, and other hoofed beasts.

Fancy a dip? Of course you do! Lakeside Crossing is where you can hang out poolside at the Caribbean Cove, open seasonally. 

Let's not forget about those other activities that you can enjoy for a small admission, including the carousel, 4D theater, shows and railroad. 

Could there be TOO much fun and learning to be had at this great Missouri day out for kids? Only one way to find out!

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How much does it cost?



Free entry, but fees for some activities



Same as adult



The Adventure Pass is $12.95 and is great value for admission to many extra activities


Free Under

2 years for most activities


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Additional Information

Get a peek at what it's like to be a zookeeper and see the animals up close and personal in a behind the scenes tour

Any top tips?


The Zoo is pleased to be a hot spot for Pokémon Go. However, to all those enthusiasts who are hunting Pokémon, please remember to stay in public areas of the Zoo

I'm Hungry!


In addition to animals, rides and fun, dining at the Saint Louis Zoo is part of the experience! The Zoo has something for every taste and diet. Enjoy mouthwatering Midwest favorite eats as you wander the grounds, including burgers, ice cream, BBQ, hot dogs, and some special drinks for parents too!

Healthy Eating There are a variety of low-fat, low-carb and vegetarian entrées at Cafe Kudu in The Living World building at the North Entrance.

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Where is it at?

Teachers corner


The Zoo Education Department offers programs designed to help students of all ages and abilities learn through experience, involvement and discovery, but you have to register beforehand

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There are a host of chops for animal-tastic merchandise and gifts, as well as shops to pick up provisions you may need across your day! Two of the shops are open seasonally, but plenty of others across winter time!

Need a little extra help?


The zoo is accessible, and wheelchairs and ECVs are available for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis

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Baby Facilities

Single, double and infant strollers are available for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis

When can we go?

9am - 5pm Hours extend slightly across summer

Daily, except major holidays & zoo special events

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