Before Your Visit

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

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

  • Admission to the Zoo is free; however, there are fees for some attractions.  Attraction Fees

  • Yes, there is a separate fee for the Sea Lion Show, Children’s Zoo, Conservation Carousel, Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, Zooline Railroad, 4-D Theater, Safari Tours, and Wild Wonder Outpost. Attraction fees can be found here. 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. Be sure to visit Hours & Prices for opening and closing times.

  • The Zoo is open every day except December 25 and January 1. Be sure to visit Hours & Prices for the most up-to-date information about holiday hours and early closing times. 

  • Yes, the Zoo is open year round. During winter operating hours, some attractions, including the South Entrance may not operate based on schedules. Click here for more information. If 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.

  • 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.

  • Any Zoo employee would be happy to help you; however, there is a Visitor 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 and is $12.95* per person. It includes admission to all of the following: Sea Lion Show (seasonal), Children’s Zoo, Conservation Carousel, Stingrays at Caribbean Cove (seasonal), Zooline Railroad and 4D Theater.

  • Smoking is prohibited, except in designated smoking areas. You can find the smoking areas listed on our map here and below

    • Restrooms by South Entrance/Safari Gift Shop. 
    • River's Edge outdoor space (behind the Animal Nutrition Center, near the restrooms.)
    • Red Rocks between the Antelope House and Gate 9.

    You may also smoke outside the North & South Entrances.

  • 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 something for every taste and diet. Enjoy mouthwatering Midwest favorite eats as you wander the grounds. From breakfast to desserts, the Zoo has you covered. Looking for a certain treat? Stop by our Welcome Desks or Visitor Relations, they have menus and can point you in the right direction. The Zoo also has options for those with dietary restrictions.

  • 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.
    • Tall lockers available at South Rentals for $9.
    • Standard lockers available at South Rentals for $8.

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

  • The Zoo has a number of educational and recreational shows for our visitors. Visit our Shows & Feedings site to help plan your day. Check out our Calendar of Events for details on events happening on the days you plan to visit.

  • 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! 

Enhance Your Visit

  • See the animals up close and personal with our behind-the-scenes tours. Each tour provides the enthralling, breathtaking experience of seeing the world's dramatic wildlife up close. This is a great opportunity for groups of all sizes and interests. Tours need to be scheduled three weeks in advance due to various animal considerations and availability. Tours do not have set dates to allow for better scheduling flexibility. Click here for details.

  • Zoo visitors will find opportunities to learn in every corner of the campus, from educational signs and interactives, to encounters with theatrical interpreters. The Zoo also offers educational programs, camps, lectures, and classes throughout the year. Visit Education for more information.

  • The Zoo Education Department offers programs designed to help students of all ages and abilities learn through experience, involvement and discovery. For tracking purposes, all schools and groups are now required to register before visiting the Zoo. Please let us know when you are coming by completing the school/group registration form. When you arrive at the Zoo, please check in at one of the Welcome Desks located at both Zoo entrances. Whether you are scheduled for an educational program or tour, or just planning to tour the Zoo on your own, completing this information provides us with the necessary information to better serve your group, particularly in the event of an emergency 

    Thank you for choosing to spend your day with us at the Saint Louis Zoo! Students may bring sack lunches to the Zoo. However, we cannot store lunches. Please be prepared to carry lunches in backpacks or store them in your vehicles. Here are some suggested picnic areas. Seating is limited and cannot be guaranteed or reserved. Zoo guests are responsible for cleaning up after their groups have eaten.

  • The Saint Louis Zoo provides an unforgettable setting for your special event – whether a wedding, corporate meeting or class reunion. Whether your event is for 10 people or 10,000, the Zoo's superior services, meticulous planning and attention to detail will make your event a memorable one. Visit Rent the Zoo for more information.

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

After Your Visit