St. Louis Zoo - FREE!
Possibly my favourite thing about the zoo in Saint Louis is that it’s free! There are some areas and attractions that have a fee, including $4.00 for the children’s zoo $4.00 for the 3-D movie, $3.00 for the sea lion show, $2.00 for the carousel and a couple of others.
The free section is the majority of the zoo. The habitats are clean and well-kept and don’t seem overly small or confining, even for the largest of the animals. The zoo is divided into zones. Lakeside Crossing is the place to get snacks and souvenir. Red Rocks is the area to see tigers, lions, antelope, zebra, and giraffes. The Wild has a number of exhibits from the polar regions all the way to the tropics, highlights include great apes, polar bears, penguins, puffins, and chimpanzees. Discovery Corner is more for kids and families with a petting zoo, butterfly garden, and other interactive exhibits. Historic Hill tells part of the changing history of the zoo and has a variety of animals: sea lions, bird house, monkeys, and lemurs. Then there’s River’s Edge where you can see elephants, cheetahs, hippos, rhinos, and a giant anteater.
My favourite area was The Wild, because there was such a diverse range of animals close together. Also, I adore penguins and I find chimpanzees to be hilarious. I could have stayed there all day.
You could make an entire day of the zoo, but we only spent an afternoon there. During the summer, the zoo is open every day from 8:00am to 7:00pm. During the rest of the year, it’s open from 9:00am to 5:00pm. [more]
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