Attractions

Discover American prehistory. Archeology tours, workshops and residential field school opportunities for all age groups.

For families on a budget you'll quickly discover that St. Louis offers many free, major attractions than any place outside the nation's capital. And with Comfort Inn & Conference Center Hotel, your St. Louis trip can become more fun, within your budget. A close-to-home drive to this action-packed destination leads to a good deal at the end of the road. The zoo, art museum, science center, history museum, Anheuser-Busch Brewery, Grant's Farm and a host of other stops won't charge a penny for admission.

St. Louis Zoo

Forest Park
St. Louis , MO 63110

Hours:
Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. year-round, except for holiday hours 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Dec. 24 and 31. Closed Christmas and New Year's Day. Check website for summer hours. Phone: (314) 781-0900
Toll-Free: (800) 966-8877

Home to more than 18,000 exotic animals, many of them rare and endangered. These 700 species represent the major continents and biomes of the world. Set in the rolling hills, lakes and glades of Forest Park, the Saint Louis Zoo is always a great place to be. FREE

Zoo Zones

River's Edge

Take a walk in the wild through this thrilling exhibit where elephants are at play, cheetahs dart across a dry plain and hyenas watch warily by!

The Wild

From the sub-Antarctic to tropical rain forests, see penguins, bears and great apes.

Discovery Corner

Pet friendly bunnies and goats. Follow a butterfly's wandering flight.

Historic Hill

A lovely stroll through this area, with architecture of the 1920s, you'll see primates, birds and reptiles in modern habitats.

Red Rocks

See lions, tigers and other big cats keep watch on nearby zebras, giraffes and antelope in natural settings.

Lakeside Crossing

From refreshments to souvenirs, you'll find everything you need to make your Zoo experience complete.

Hours, Prices & Directions

Current Hours (September 4, 2012 through May 23, 2013)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily*

Check out our Calendar of Events for details on what's happening on the days you plan to visit.

*Holiday Hours & Early Closings

  • January 1, 2013 (New Year's Day) -- Zoo closed
  • May 24-27, 2013 (Memorial Day Weekend) -- Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • June 21, 2013 -- Open 8 a.m. to 12 noon. Zoo will close early for the ZOOFARI fundraiser.
  • July 4, 2013 (Independence Day) -- Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • August 30-September 2, 2013 (Labor Day Weekend) -- Open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • November 28, 2013 (Thanksgiving Day) -- Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • December 24, 2013 (Christmas Eve) -- Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • December 25, 2013 (Christmas Day) -- Zoo closed
  • December 31, 2013 (New Year's Eve) -- Open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • January 1, 2014 (New Year's Day) -- Zoo closed

Summer hours

May 24-September 2, 2013
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Sunday

Attraction Fees

Admission to the Zoo is FREE, although there are fees for some attractions. Attractions are weather dependent and subject to change.

  • Children's Zoo is $4 per person. Free admission the first hour the Zoo is open. Children under 2 are free.
  • Conservation Carousel is $3 per person. Free admission during first hour of operation. Children under 2 are free. All other persons require admission. All proceeds support the Saint Louis Zoo's conservation programs.
  • Zooline Railroad is $5 per person, per round trip ticket. You may leave the train, visit exhibits and re-board. Children under 2 are free.
  • 4-D Motion Simulator is $4 per person. Children under 2 are free. All other persons require admission.
  • Safari Tours are $5 per person.

Safari Pass

Make the most of your day at the Zoo with a Safari Pass. This one-day pass is $10/person and includes one admission to the Children's Zoo, Zooline Railroad, Conservation Carousel, 4-D Motion Simulator and Stingrays at Caribbean Cove (seasonal). Passes are available at Welcome Desks and attraction locations at the Zoo.

Parking

All-day parking is available on the Zoo's North Lot on Government Drive and South Lot on Wells Drive. Limited street parking is available in Forest Park.

  • Parking is $15 per vehicle (effective March 1, 2013) throughout the Zoo's peak season.
  • Parking for buses, motor homes and R.V.s on South Lot only is $30 (effective March 1, 2013) throughout the Zoo's peak season.
  • Only cash and charge are accepted for parking payment.

Driving Directions

Entrances to Forest Park
There are nine entrances to Forest Park, including Hampton & Wells, Tamm Avenue bridge, Skinker & Wells, Skinker & Forsyth, Lindell at DeBaliviere, Lindell at Forest Park Parkway, Lindell at West Pine, Kingshighway at West Pine, Kingshighway at Oakland to Tamm. Forest Park map

From US 40/I-64 eastbound and westbound
Take the Hampton exit (34-B) and follow signs to Forest Park. At the first roundabout, turn left (west) on Wells Drive and arrive at the Zoo's South Entrance. Alternate: From the Hampton exit, turn south on Hampton, right on Oakland, right on Tamm and arrive at South Entrance.

To North Entrance, go straight through first roundabout, left at second roundabout on Washington Blvd., turn left on Government Drive.

Westbound Alternate Route: Take Clayton Road exit, turn right on Skinker, right on Wells Drive. Veer left to Zoo's North Entrance. Veer right to South Entrance.

Eastbound Alternate Route: Take McCausland exit, turn left on McCausland/Skinker, right on Wells Drive. Veer left to Zoo's North Entrance. Veer right to South Entrance.

From I-44 eastbound and westbound
Take the Hampton Ave. exit. Drive north about one mile and cross the Hampton Ave. bridge. At the first roundabout, turn left on Wells Drive and arrive at the Zoo's South Entrance.

To North Entrance, go straight through first roundabout, left at second roundabout on Washington Blvd., turn left on Government Drive.

Eastbound Alternate Route: Take Vandeventer Ave. exit and follow signs to Kingshighway north. Turn left onto Oakland Avenue. Drive west to the Tamm Avenue bridge, turn right over the bridge and arrive at the Zoo's South Entrance.

Westbound Alternate Route: Take Vandeventer Ave/Kingshighway exit 287B-A and follow signs to Kingshighway north. Turn right on Kingshighway. Turn left onto Oakland Avenue. Drive west to the Tamm Avenue bridge, turn right over the bridge and arrive at the Zoo's South Entrance.

From I-270 North
If you're coming from north or northwest, take I-70 or I-270 to I-170 south. Merge onto I-64/40 east. Take the Hampton exit (34-B) and follow signs to Forest Park. At the first roundabout, turn left (west) on Wells Drive and arrive at the Zoo's South Entrance. Alternate: From the Hampton exit, turn south on Hampton, right on Oakland, right on Tamm and arrive at South Entrance.

Alternate Route: Exit I-170 at Forest Park Parkway and go east approx. 2 miles. Turn right on Skinker Boulevard. Turn left on Lagoon Drive into Forest Park. Veer right on Fine Arts Drive, past the Art Museum to Government Drive. Turn right to the Zoo's North Entrance.

By MetroLink

Ride MetroLink to Forest Park/DeBaliviere station, then take MetroBus route #90 Hampton south, or Forest Park Trolley in spring/summer season. For detailed transit schedules, pricing and to purchase tickets, visit the Metro web site.

By MetroBus

The #90 Hampton bus stops within a short walking distance from the Zoo's North Entrance on Government Drive.

Address & Phone

Saint Louis Zoo
One Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110

(314) 781-0900
Toll free: (800) 966-8877

Visitor Tip

All animal buildings are open beginning the first hour of operation (9-10 a.m. in off-season; 8-9 a.m. in summer). Our keepers work very hard to have animals in outdoor displays by 9 a.m. You may occasionally see keepers working in an animal habitat. This is a great opportunity to ask our keepers about their work and the animals in their care!

Some of the animals are more active in the cooler hours of early morning and early evening. Occasionally, some animals may need to turn in early.

In addition, the current schedule for divers cleaning the Sea Lion Sound pools is 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week. That schedule is subject to change. The exhibit is still open when divers are in the pools, and visitors are welcome to go through the tunnel. Visitors may or may not see sea lions at these times.

Historic Cherokee Antique Row

1900-2300 Cherokee St.
St. Louis , MO 63118 Hours:
Most shops open daily, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Phone: (314) 772-1436

More than 30 antique and specialty shops, spanning a six-block area. Ten minutes from downtown St. Louis. From I-55, exit Arsenal, west one block, left on Lemp, right on Cherokee. From I-64/Hwy. 40, exit south on Jefferson, left on Cherokee

Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tours & Gifts

12th and Lynch sts.
St. Louis , MO 63118

Hours:
Log on to website for hours. Phone: (314) 577-2626

Tours include the historic Brew House, Budweiser Clydesdale stable, beechwood aging cellar, packaging plant, hospitality room and Anheuser-Busch gift shop. Open daily. FREE.

Bellefontaine Cemetery

4947 W. Florissant Ave.
St. Louis , MO 63115 Hours:
Daily, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Phone: (314) 381-0750
Public Email: rlay@bellefontainecemetery.org

Visit graves of explorer William Clark, William Burroughs, Thomas Hart Benton, James Eads, Adolphus Busch and poet Sara Teasdale. Also the famous Wainwright tomb and many other architecturally significant mausoleums and monuments. Maps and self-guided tours available at cemetery office. Docent-led tours offered on the second and fourth Sat. of each month at 1 p.m.

Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center

1868 Hwy. F
Defiance , MO 63341 Hours:
Daily. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone: (636) 798-2005
Public Email: ACarrow@lindenwood.edu

Features the unique home of the legendary hero Daniel Boone and more than a dozen historic buildings from the 1800s.

Challenger Learning Center-St. Louis

205 Brotherton Lane
St. Louis , MO 63135 Get Connected:

Hours:
Call for details. Phone: (314) 521-6205
Public Email: info@clcstlouis.org

Unique hands-on space-simulation experiences for students, community organizations, corporations and the general public. Reservations required

Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion

3352 DeMenil Place
St. Louis , MO 63118 Get Connected:

Hours:
Hourly tours Weds-Fri 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Phone: (314) 771-5828
Public Email: demenil@sbcglobal.net

Built by a famous Oregon Trail guide and descendants of the founding family of St. Louis, this beautifully restored historic mansion also boasts the city's largest permanent display of 1904 World's Fair memorabilia.

Historic Cherokee Antique Row

1900-2300 Cherokee St.
St. Louis , MO 63118 Hours:
Most shops open daily, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Phone: (314) 772-1436

More than 30 antique and specialty shops, spanning a six-block area. Ten minutes from downtown St. Louis. From I-55, exit Arsenal, west one block, left on Lemp, right on Cherokee. From I-64/Hwy. 40, exit south on Jefferson, left on Cherokee.

Cherokee Street

3200-2300 Cherokee St.
St. Louis , MO 63118 Hours:
Varies Public Email: anne@cherokeestreet.com

A vibrant community of independent businesses, cooperatives, entrepreneurs and artists. On Cherokee Street a collective spirit prevails – of inclusiveness, collaboration, diversity and enthusiasm – fueled by a by-the-bootstraps DIY ethos. Here, you can find authentic Hispanic restaurants, as well as multi-colored screen-prints, meticulous wood-cuts, custom-printed t-shirts, vegan ice-cream, old-world Lickhalter breads, freshly roasted coffee, obscure LPs and rare antiques.

Cherokee-Lemp Special Business District

Bounded by Cherokee, Lemp and DeMenil
St. Louis , MO 63118 Hours:
Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Sun., noon - 4 p.m. Phone: (314) 776-6410

Near downtown. Neighborhood offering two famous 19th-century mansions - the Lemp and the DeMenil; the Lemp Brewery, once the world's largest brewery, and Cherokee Antique Row, with more than 30 antique/specialty shops and restaurants. Self-guided history tour. FREE.

The Historic Samuel Cupples House

Saint Louis University
3673 West Pine Mall
St. Louis , MO 63103

Hours:
Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Phone: (314) 977-3575

Located on the Saint Louis University campus, the magnificent mansion features 42 rooms, 22 fireplaces and the Eleanor Turshin glass collection of Steuben Frederick Carder and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Fitz's Bottling Company

6605 Delmar in The Loop
St. Louis , MO 63130 Hours:
Sun.-Thur., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight. Phone: (314) 726-9555
Public Email: theowners@fitzsrootbeer.com

America's original soda microbrewery located in the vibrant Delmar Loop neighborhood. Watch the bottling of St. Louis' nationally acclaimed signature soda, Fitz's Root Beer, on vintage bottling equipment located right inside the restaurant. Besides draft root beer, Fitz's is a local favorite for burgers, house-smoked barbecue, craft beers and famous floats. Families and large parties welcome. Open daily at 11 a.m.

The Fabulous Fox Theatre

527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis , MO 63103 Hours:
Tue., Thur. and Sat. at 10:30 a.m. Phone: (314) 534-1678

A magnificently restored theatre in the Grand Center Arts and Entertainment District. The perfect venue to see the hottest Broadway shows and concerts. Prices vary; see website for performance schedule. Tours offered Tue., Thur., and Sat. at 10:30 a.m.

Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park

120 N. Ballas Rd.
St. Louis , MO 63122 Hours:
By appointment only. Phone: (314) 822-8359

An outstanding Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian house with original Frank Lloyd Wright furniture in a park setting. Reservations required. Adults, $10; children 12 and under, $5.

Gateway Arch at the Core of Discovery

St. Louis Riverfront
St. Louis , MO 63102 Hours:
Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Extended summer hours. Phone: (314) 982-1410
Toll-Free: (877) 982-1410
Public Email: info@coreofdiscovery.com

The Gateway Arch attracts four million guests each year. At 630 ft., our nation's tallest man-made monument includes the Journey to the Top, movies, Museum of Westward Expansion and shopping. The Gateway Arch serves as the anchor for the Core of Discovery, a family friendly attractions district that spans from the St. Louis Riverfront to Citygarden. The Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse are part of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Winter hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Summer hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Limited accessibility.

Gateway Arch Riverboats at the Core of Discovery

Gateway Arch Riverfront
St. Louis Riverfront
St. Louis , MO 63102 Hours:
Cruises: Mar. - Oct., 10:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. Offering a variety of cruises. Phone: (314) 982-1410
Toll-Free: (877) 982-1410
Public Email: info@coreofdiscovery.com

One-hour sightseeing cruises daily. Dinner cruises, private charters and specialty cruises available. Savor delicious cuisine aboard a two-hour moonlight Mississippi River cruise or lunch at the Arch View Café. Part of the Core of Discovery. Enjoy live music. Reservations required for dinner cruises.

Gateway Classic Walk of Fame

2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
St. Louis , MO 63106 Hours:
Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone: (314) 621-1994

Honoring the African-American men and women of St. Louis who have made significant contributions both locally and nationally. Honorees include NAACP leader Roy Wilkins; Congressman William L. Clay, Sr.; Four-Star General Roscoe Robinson, Jr.; MLB player Lou Brock and many others. FREE.

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site (White Haven)

7400 Grant Rd.
St. Louis , MO 63123 Hours:
Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Tours of the home are scheduled every 45 minutes, but are subject to change during winter months. Phone: (314) 842-3298
Public Email: ULSG_superintendent@nps.gov

The National Park Service interprets the life and family of Ulysses S. Grant at this 10-acre site. Open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. FREE

Historic Lafayette Square

A National Historic District located one mile from downtown St. Louis. Nearly 400 Victorian homes surround Lafayette Park—the first city park west of the Mississippi River. Better Homes & Gardens named Lafayette Square "one of the ten most beautiful painted ladies neighborhoods in the nation." The neighborhood's vibrant, walkable business district features award-winning restaurants, salons and spas, outdoor dining, coffee shops, gift shops, and much more. Walking tours are available.

Historic Kimmswick

Founded in 1859 by German immigrants. Now a living museum with century-old buildings, unique antiques, collectibles, specialty shops, charming restaurants and B&B with wine and beer garden. Open year round. Closed Mon. 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis on I-55, exit 186.

The Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum

Nationally acclaimed children's museum offers hundreds of hands-on educational exhibits for kids from one to 101. Explore the Children's Village, Star-Spangled Center and Jack and the Beanstalk Climber. Admission $9.50. Free parking.

Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing

Historical marker on the Riverfront Trail noting the first nationally designated Underground Railroad site in Missouri. Fugitive slaves used this site, named for an African-American St. Louis abolitionist, to escape to the free state of Illinois prior to the Civil War.

Mineral Springs Paranormal Research Center

Share your paranormal experiences. Attend ghost-hunting universities. Learn to use ghost-hunting equipment. Network with paranormal groups. Go to ghost conferences. Lectures and peculiar events. "Hunt ghosts with the pros."

Saint Louis Science Center

Explore 700+ exhibits, the OMNIMAX® Theater, planetarium, special traveling exhibitions and more. Group rates available. Open daily. No general admission charge.

Six Flags St. Louis

I-44 SW of St. Louis, Exit 261
Eureka , MO 63025 Hours:
Call information line at (636) 938-5300. Phone: (636) 938-5300

Non-stop, over-the-top, high-speed thrills around every turn. Heart-pounding roller coasters, family rides and attractions are just the ticket to fun for kids of all ages. Visit Hurricane Harbor, a 12-acre water park, free with theme park admission.

World Aquarium

Located within City Museum
St. Louis , MO 63103

Hours:
Spring/Summer: Mon.-Thur., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fall/Winter: Mon.-Tue., closed. Phone: (314) 647-9594
Public Email: info@worldaquarium.org

More than 10,000 outrageous sea creatures and fun river critters await you at the World Aquarium. Feed stingrays, pet a shark, get a fish manicure, slide through the shark tank or cheer on your favorite racing turtle.

World Bird Sanctuary

125 Bald Eagle Ridge Rd.
Valley Park , MO 63088

Hours:
Daily, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Phone: (636) 225-4390 ext. 0
Public Email: info@worldbirdsanctuary.org

Live eagles, owls, hawks and more exhibited in a convenient 305-acre park setting. Hiking trails, bird watching, picnic areas and knowledgable naturalists offer unique environmental entertainment. FREE

World Chess Hall of Fame

4652 Maryland Ave.
St. Louis , MO 63108 Phone: (314) 367-9243
Public Email: lauren.stewart@worldchesshof.org

A nonprofit, collecting institution

 


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