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Saint Louis Zoo is a zoological park located in Forest Park that is recognized as a leading zoo in animal management, research, conservation, and education.
Visit the best zoo in America, the Saint Louis Zoo
The River's Edge will take you though a journey along the waterway. Here, you will find animals from four different continents and discover how wildlife, plants, and people interact to each other. River's Edge is also a special place because this is the first immersion exhibit of the zoo. A station for the Zooline Railroad is also available near the entrance of this area. Here, you can enjoy the meal at the Hippo Hideaway for some snacks or beverage. While for adults, there is the Laughing Hyena that is the place for bottle of beers or margaritas. Another option is the River Camp cafe. The place is located at the end of the trail and can be used as a venue for events or meetings.
The place consists of two areas, the cold sub-Antarctic and the hot tropical rainforests. Here is the summer and winter home for the apes, the house of grizzly and polar bear, and also the place of the penguin & puffin coast. The Wild is also an area with two of the zoo's attractions, the infamous Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel and the 4-D Theater. Next to the carousel, you will find the station for Zooline Railroad and the Carousel Cafe. There is also Tiki Fruiti that serves delicious refreshing smoothie.
Discovery Corner is the place where visitors can get hands-on experiences with the animal inside the zoo. There are education centers, Insectarium, and a warm saltwater pool filled with stingrays. There is also a children zoo for younger visitors who want to see the animals closely. In Discovery Corner, you can enjoy a vast variety of food options, from Western food to Asian stir-fry at Cafe Kudu. If you are looking for something fresh, in this area you can go to Scoop's Ice Cream Shop or to Tiki Fruiti. The Zooline Railroad station in this area is located across The Living World, the place for shopping, study, meeting, and eating.
Historic Hill is one of the oldest area in Saint Louis Zoo. This is the place of the Flight Cage from back to 1904 and a Bird House built with Spanish architectural flavor from the 1920s. Of course, the place also has modern building for the exhibits, the Primate House and Herpetarium. All of the attractions will give you a unique nostalgic feeling that makes this place is very enjoyable to stroll around. You will find the train station on the top of the hill. If you are looking for something to eat, there are East Refreshments and Big Cat Beverages available on the top of the hill. While the Reptile Redwood is located just in front of the Herpetarium.
Red Rocks is a combination of the world's most powerful predators and world's most graceful prey. Here, they share the natural rocky boulders and outcroppings. There are some shades in this area that make this place a nice spot to take a rest before continuing the journey inside the Saint Louis Zoo. The Zooline Railroad station in this area is located across the Big Cat Country. However, there is no restaurant in this area.
Lakeside Crossing that is located on the center of Saint Louis Zoo is the place with many choices of restaurant and cafe. This area is the place for you to relax and enjoy the view after a long walk around the zoo. Here, you can also do some shopping for souvenirs if you want.
How to Get Tickets?
Admission for Saint Louis Zoo is free. However, you will need tickets for some of the attractions inside the park. You can buy the tickets online or on the spot. Some of them are also free for the first hour the Zoo is open.
How To Get Around?
To get around Saint Louis Zoo, you can just walk around and follow the map of the zoo that is available on the official website. Or else, you can join and hop on to the Emerson Zooline Railroad. The trip will take around 20 minutes, where you will be narrated as you go through tunnels and see favorite animal exhibits.
What Should I Wear?
There is no recommended dresscode for visiting Saint Louis Zoo. However, it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and clothing because you will walk a lot inside the park and don't forget to check the weather as well before you are going.
Best Time to Visit
Saint Louis Zoo can be enjoyed in any time of the year, including in winter. The best time to visit will be early in the morning, especially during the first hour of operation because you will get the benefit by enter some paying attractions for free and you will get the chance to talk to the zookeeper and ask about the animals as they are preparing the exhibitions. If you have the time, spend the whole day in the zoo because some of the animals are active in the morning, while the others are awake in early evening.
Will I Need a Guide?
Saint Louis Zoo can be explored without a guide as there is a map of the zoo available to help you get around. For a short tour, you can ride the Emerson Zooline Railroad. While for further explanation about the animal, you can consider join the behind the scene tour.
How To Get There?
If you are using public transportation, reach the Forest Park by stop at Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink station because Saint Louis Zoo is located inside Forest Park. Hampton 90 bus route is also travels north through the Park and stop at the History Museum. Other than that, you can use Metro Buses route 1, 2, 10, 13, 16, 59, or 95.