July 02, 2019

Food is one of the best parts of summer, and the Zoo offers many of your seasonal favorites: funnel cake, popcorn, cotton candy, nachos, ICEEs, burgers and chicken strips. But the Zoo serves more than just your typical park fare. The Zoo offers several menu items for visitors looking for healthier options, and we've also opened a new restaurant—Ray's Snack Shack—completely dedicated to serving allergy-friendly menu items.

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A Ballpark Fave at the Zoo

A favorite amongst visitors is our foot-long hot dogs found at East Redwood across from East Refreshments. This summer staple can be personalized with all your favorite hot dog toppings


Fresh Fruit Smoothies

Let your taste buds take a trip to the tropics at Tiki Fruiti, where you can enjoy a creamy fruit smoothie served in a fresh-cut pineapple. This unique and exotic drink looks like something you'd get at a beach resort, and for people enjoying a relaxing day at the Zoo, it adds to the escapism of their experience. Those 21 and up can add a little exotic flare with Malibu Coconut Rum. You can find a Tiki Fruiti stand at both the North and South Entrances. 

Allergy-Friendly Items

Ray’s Snack Shack features allergy-friendly menu items and offers something for everyone. Here you will find items that are free of gluten, tree nuts, dairy and more. Ray’s showcases many Zoo favorites, including Dole Whip (a frozen treat free of dairy, eggs, peanuts and gluten), pizza (made with tapioca flour and rice flour), chicken strips (made with cornmeal and rice flour) and beer (made with buckwheat, corn and black rice). Ray’s Snack Shack is open daily and located across from Stingrays at Caribbean Cove presented by SSM Health. Click here to see the full menu and allergy information.


Sweet or Salty?

Sweet & Salty Company is the perfect place to satisfy your taste buds with our fresh-made kettle corn and made-to-order funnel cakes. While you’re here, be sure to try our sweet or salty jumbo soft Bavarian pretzels, new for 2019!  

Shake it Up!

Nothing says summer like a freshly squeezed, Lemonade Shake-Up drink. Be sure to stop by Wild Lemons, where our lemons are freshly shaken, not stirred.  This refreshing cold drink is just 80 calories and made with Splenda. You can find this refreshing drink near Fragile Forest. 

Vegetarian and Healthy Options

To provide a variety of options for visitors, the Zoo added several vegetarian items to the menu, including black bean burgers, an Asian sensation salad, veggie quesadillas and Greek veggie wraps. Other visitors are simply looking for healthier alternatives to a burger and fries. Among those options include turkey burgers, a salad bar, baked chips and small veggie trays. Look for these items in Cafe Kudu or Lakeside Cafe.

Dole Whip

Dole Whip (a frozen treat free of dairy, eggs, peanuts and gluten) has been available at the Zoo for a number of years but seems to be newly discovered by visitors each day. This low-calorie frozen treat can be found at River Camp Cafe and Ray's Snack Shack and is available in pineapple, raspberry, strawberry and lime flavors. It is one of the most popular treats at the Zoo, and in the summer of 2018, the Zoo sold 20,000 servings.

Fudge, Taffy and more!

Looking to quench that sweet tooth? Visitors can enjoy Candy Crossing, the Zoo's fudge and candy shop located next to Starbucks in Schnuck Family Plaza in the center of the Zoo. All the items at Candy Crossing are made with either sustainable palm oil or no palm oil at all, which will help protect animals and their rainforest homes. 

Ice Cream of the Future

Dippin' Dots is a staple of many summer outings including hot summer days at the Zoo, the "ice cream of the future" is a present-day fav! You can find Dippin' Dots at Ice Cream Oasis and at carts around the Zoo.


Start your day with a coffee, latté or espresso and cool down in the afternoon here at the with iced coffee or Frappuccino! All your Starbucks favorites are available including frozen specialty beverages, savory artisan sandwiches, a variety of pastriesTeavana teas and more! Sit back and relax on our new patio overlooking the lake.

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream...

It wouldn't be summer without ice cream, and whether you like soft-serve or hand-dipped, we've got you covered. Scoops, located at the North Entrance, offers eight varieties of your favorite hand-scooped ice cream flavors. New for our 2019 season: ice cream sundaes in a fresh made waffle bowls and made-to-order chocolate cookie ice cream sandwiches. Don't forget to visit Ice Cream Oasis, where you can cool off with a frozen dessert, including sundaesice cream floatsice cream cones, Dippin' Dots and ICEEs. You can also enjoy a freshly made funnel cake sundae.

Just For Adults

Visitors 21 and up can find an assortment of wine and beer at many of our dining locations, including Lakeside Cafe, which has over 30 different beers. Laughing Hyena is the ultimate adult destination with bottled beersmargaritas and coconut rum snow cones.

Grizzly Ridge Kölsch, the first official beer of the Saint Louis Zoo, is available in draft and cans at select Zoo concessions, including Lakeside Cafe, River Camp Cafe, Safari Grill, Laughing HyenaBig Cat Beverages and Cafe Kudu.

Learn more about all the dining options at the Zoo and how we can help if you have any dietary restrictions. 

Dining at the Zoo

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