Before Your Visit

  • Effective Monday, May 23, the Saint Louis Zoo will no longer limit attendance and guests do not need reservations. Click to plan your visit.

  • Following government guidelines, beginning Sunday, March 6, 2022, the Zoo will no longer have mask requirements for guests, but still recommends that guests wear them indoors. Please continue to be kind and considerate of others’ decision to wear or not wear masks.

  • Click here to plan your visit.

  • The Saint Louis Zoo is located in historic Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • The Zoo is located at 1 Government Drive St. Louis, MO 63110  For detailed directions, visit Parking & Directions.

  • Admission to the Zoo is free. There are fees for some attractions. Click for details.

  • Yes, there is a separate fee for the Sea Lion Show, Conservation Carousel, Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, Zooline Railroad, 4-D Theater, and some other attractions. Click here for information about these attractions

    Many of the above attractions are free with the purchase of an Adventure Pass or as a benefit of Membership

  • Although the Zoo is open year-round, hours vary throughout the year. Click here for information.

  • The Zoo is open daily (except December 25 and January 1), year-round. Click for more information.

  • Yes. The Zoo is open daily (except December 25 and January 1) year-round. Click here for informationIf the Zoo needs to close to visitors due to inclement weather, an announcement will be made on our website and social media platforms.


  • All-day parking is available on the Zoo's North Lot on Government Drive and South Lot on Wells Drive. For current parking costs, please visit Parking & Directions. Limited street parking is available for free in Forest Park. 

  • RVs, Buses and motor homes under 24 feet may park in the Zoo’s South Lot only. There are a limited amount of spaces available and are first come, first serve. Vehicles must enter through Booth A. Buses over 24 feet are not permitted to park in our lots. Buses must obtain a permit to park in Forest Park. For current parking costs, please visit Parking & Directions.

  • Children under age 14 must be accompanied by an adult or have an adult chaperone present at the Zoo (field trips, etc.).

  • Dogs or other pets are prohibited. See Zoo Services and Policies for information about service animals.

  • Yes, you may bring in your own stroller or small wagon.

  • Yes, these items are prohibited for the safety and welfare of our animals and visitors.

  • Please keep in mind that we are selling food and drinks and we are taking all the necessary precautions to provide you with safe options. Coolers and picnic baskets are permitted on Zoo grounds. (Glass bottles are prohibited.) There are picnic areas located in central areas at the Zoo, except those on the terrace at the Cafe Kudu and at Lakeside Cafe.

During Your Visit

  • A current map of the Zoo can be found here.

    Zoo maps written in Arabic, Bosnian, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese can be found on the Accessibility page

  • Any Zoo employee would be happy to help you; however, there is a Guest Relations desk located in the center of the Zoo across from Lakeside Cafe. 

  • Yes, the Zoo accepts credit cards.

  • The Adventure Pass is a one-day pass with admission to several attractions within the Zoo. See link for latest details.

  • A: Yes! First responders (police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians) and active and retired military personnel are eligible to receive $1 off the purchase price of an Adventure Pass, up to four. This offer may be redeemed wherever Adventure Passes are sold and is valid for on-site purchases only. Valid ID must be shown to receive the discount.

  • The Zoo is tobacco- and smoke-free. The use of these products, including e-cigarettes, within Zoo grounds is prohibited.

  • A day at the Saint Louis Zoo is one of the most fun and affordable ways for families to spend time together. And when you become a Zoo member, a great value becomes even better. Plus, your membership helps ensure that we can provide the best possible care for animals. The Zoo offers varying levels of membership. To become a member of the Zoo, sign up online, call (314) 646-4771, or visit a Welcome Desk located at the North and South Entrances of the Zoo. Memberships are valid for one year from the month of purchase, and all benefits expire when membership expires. Membership Frequently Asked Questions

  • Animal buildings typically open during 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. Due to husbandry concerns beyond our control, there may be times certain animals are not on display. or certain animal buildings are closed to the public. 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.

  • The Zoo has a variety of food choices available from snacks to meals, ice cream and other specialties, and beverages with and without alcohol. The Zoo also has options for those with dietary restrictions. Ask one of the food service representatives for information.

  • Purchase a 32 oz. reusable Zoovenir sipper cup at the Zoo and bring it with you each time you visit. Sipper cups are usable year after year with awesome discounted pricing on both fountain drinks and ICEE frozen beverages!

  • Single, double and infant strollers are available for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the popularity of these rentals, we are unable to guarantee availability, and this equipment cannot be reserved in advance. Strollers can be rented at both the North and South Entrances. 

  • Wheelchairs and ECVs are available for rent on a first-come, first-serve basis. Due to the popularity of these rentals, we are unable to guarantee availability and this equipment cannot be reserved in advance. They can be rented at both the North and South Entrances. 

  • Lockers are available at both entrances of the Zoo for your convenience.

    • Jumbo lockers available at North Rentals for $10
      • Jumbo: 23 inches tall, 29 inches wide and 16 inches deep
    • Tall lockers available at South Rentals for $9
      • Tall: 36 inches tall, 9 inches wide and 17 inches deep
    • Standard lockers available at South Rentals for $8
      • Standard: 17 inches tall, 9 inches wide and 17 inches deep

    All prices include a $5 returnable deposit. Key must be returned same day for deposit return.

  • Check out our Calendar of Events for details.

  • Yes. You can contact our Lost & Found directly by calling (314) 646-4527 during Zoo hours.

  • For those mothers wishing to nurse in private,  we do have two lactation rooms available. One is located in the lower rotunda of The Living World and the other at The First Aid Station near the Conversation Carousel. 

  • Yes, we are proud to offer Wi-Fi powered by Mid America Chevy Dealers! 

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After Your Visit