May 22-September 7, 2015

Friday-Sunday: 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Labor Day, September 7 — 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, the Saint Louis Zoo offers your family even more flexibility with our expanded weekend hours. See Your Visit for daily schedules, attractions, prices, directions and more.

Jungle Boogie Friday Night Concert Series presented by Mid America Chevy Dealers

Fridays, May 22-September 4
5-8 p.m. Free.

"Splish splash" with the stingrays, "cha-cha" with the cheetahs, "salsa" with the sea lions or "two-step" with the tigers at Jungle Boogie, the Zoo's free Friday night concert series for the whole family. See concert schedule

New at the Zoo

Stingrays at Caribbean Cove is back for a season-long pool party! Open daily through October 4, 2015.

Sea Lion Sound is a spectacular new exhibit right in the heart of the Zoo. Get up close to the animals when you walk through underwater tunnel right into their habitat. Be sure to catch a Sea Lion Show!

Free Hour (8-9 a.m.)

The Children's Zoo, Conservation Carousel and Stingrays at Caribbean Cove are free from 8-9 a.m. each day during summer. Admission charges apply after 9 a.m.

Summer Showtime

Sea Lion Show

The 2015 show has a fresh new look with a touch of "California Dreamin'," thanks to a partnership with The Muny. Look for a new beach-style "surf shack" stage, props and script, more audience participation and music. Sea lion superstars will thrill you with flipper walks, ball balancing and lots of splashing! Timed tickets are $4 per person; children under age 2 are free. Shows at the Sea Lion Arena are at 10:30 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. daily in summer, with an additional show at 4:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. 

Children's Zoo Live Animal Shows

Live animal shows include a variety of exotic and domestic animals showcasing natural behaviors on stage at the Children's Zoo. Shows are at 10 and 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. daily starting May 23, with an additional show at 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Keeper chats with live animals on stage at 9 a.m., 12 noon and 3 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. Admission to the Children's Zoo is $4 per person with free admission the first hour the Zoo is open; children under 2 are free.

Keeper Chats

Daily, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

  • Sunday: Polar bear (10:30), Insectarium (2:30)
  • Monday: Children's Zoo (10:30), Giraffe (2:30)
  • Tuesday: Animal Nutrition Center (10:30), Big Cat Country (2:30)
  • Wednesday: Herpetarium (10:30), Gorilla (2:30)
  • Thursday: Children's Zoo (10:30), Primate House (2:30)
  • Friday: Bird House (10:30), Fragile Forest (2:30)
  • Saturday: Cheetah (10:30), Elephants (2:30)

Animal Enrichment & Training

Saturdays and Sundays, 5-5:30 p.m. Check back for schedule.

Safari Tours

Stop by a Welcome Desk and ask about our Safari Tours! For $5 per person (children under 2 are free), take a 30-minute walking tour with one of our knowledgeable interpreters. Tour choices are Extreme Zoo Safari, River's Edge Safari and African Safari.

Visitor Tip

All animal buildings are open beginning the first hour of operation (8-9 a.m. in summer; 9-10 a.m. in off-season). 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.


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