When our kiddos were young and we were traveling to visit friends who lived two days away, we decided to spend a day and a half in St. Louis. My husband and I had enjoyed the St. Louis Zoo before we had kids, so we wanted to take them on this epic adventure as well. The day was warm, but no matter: We kept ourselves sun-screened up and well-hydrated, and we had an awesome day.
When my son was young, my husband took him to a local free circus. “Free” meant cheesy, silly, and time-wasteful. Not the St. Louis Zoo. As a matter of fact, we have been to many zoos (not to mention our home was once a zoo, but that’s a different story), and the St. Louis Zoo is our favorite by far. Whether or not you’re pinching pennies, this zoo is visit-worthy. See where the St. Louis Zoo ranks among the best free attractions in the nation.
The St. Louis Zoo contains six fun zoo zones. They are called River’s Edge, The Wild, Discovery Corner, Historic Hill, Red Rocks, and Lakeside Crossing. Each zone is unique, exciting, and filled with lifelike habitats for the amazing creatures that live there. Indeed, inside the St. Louis Zoo’s Discovery Corner resides the Emerson Children’s Zoo for the littles to have some their own cool experiences.
You can visit all the zones within a day, but there’s enough to do to spend a couple of days if you desire. Be sure to check the zoo website for added costs in some of the zones.
Pining for polar bears? Head to The Wild and Polar Bear Point.
Craving to see the world’s largest rodent? Visit the capybaras at River’s Edge.
Going ape to watch the monkeys? Check out the Primate House in Historic Hill.
There’s the Zooline Railroad, shows (We loved the Sea Lion Show), a 4D theater, and safari tours. When the kids need a break from walking, you can always sit and enjoy one of these amazing attractions. Again, be sure to check the zoo website for added costs with some of the attractions.At the St. Louis Zoo & pining for polar bears? Head to The Wild and Polar Bear Point. Click To Tweet
Friendly workers smile and interact with the family. You won’t necessarily find this feature on the zoo’s website page, but for visitors, it’s always great to feel welcome. Receiving a smile and getting questions answered from someone who seems happy to see you is an added benefit.
Events & Eats take place at the zoo. Believe me, the attractions and animals alone are more than enough to enjoy this great place, but just in case you need a bit more, special events take place inside the zoo. Like to dance? Do the hustle with the hippos and kick with the kangaroos during the Jungle Boogie with live bands, just one of the summer’s lively events.
And whatever species you represent, when you’re hungry, you want food NOW. Look to the left, and you’ll see hot dogs. Look to the right, and you’ll see pizza. Look somewhere in-between, and you’ll find something gluten-free, fat-free, or lactose-free. You won’t go hungry!
To get the family excited about this action-packed, fun-filled zoo, visit the St. Louis Zoo’s Youtube channel containing videos of animals that will make you want to howl, gallop, and flail your arms with joy!