We are excited to welcome you back to the Saint Louis Zoo! The safety of our guests, staff and animals is our highest priority, which is why we have made some changes in our operations to provide you with a safe and memorable experience. Review the Zoo’s reopening guidelines.

All guests, including Zoo members, must now reserve free, timed tickets prior to visiting.

Make a reservation (required)

Before Your Visit

  • The Zoo opened to the public on June 13, 2020, to guests with reservations. Click here to see reservation information.

  • Yes. Reservations are required for all guests. Click for information on guidelines and reservations.

  • Reservations can be made online. Click here to make a reservation. 

  • Online is the best way to make reservations as we are experiencing high call volume. Click here to make a reservation online. For those unable to access the Zoo’s website, please call (314) 646-4797 to speak with a representative. Lines are staffed during Zoo operating hours.

  • Yes. In St. Louis City, masks/face coverings requirements were reinstated on Monday, July 26, 2021, in response to increased spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus. As such, the following mask/face covering requirements are in place at the Zoo: (1) Masks/face coverings are required indoors for all guests age five and older, including those who are vaccinated (beginning Monday, July 26, 2021); (2) Guests not fully vaccinated are required to wear masks/face coverings both indoors and outdoors; (3) Masks should cover one's mouth and nose; (4) Costume masks are not allowed.

    Masks/Face coverings can help minimize virus transmission from asymptomatic individuals. Keeping our animal and veterinary care staff safe and protected is the best measure to keep our animals safe and at minimal risk of exposure to COVID-19 and other viruses.

  • The majority of our Zoo experiences are available with modified service and enhanced safety protocols. Some experiences are temporarily closed for your health and safety. All attractions, restaurants, shops and animal buildings are subject to closure without advance notice. We will continue to evaluate the operation of all these experiences as time continues. Click here for details.

  • As part of its commitment to the continued well-being of guests, staff and animals, and in an ongoing effort to assist the community in preventing the spread of COVID-19, the Zoo has implemented enhanced protocols and procedures. Click here or details.

  • 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.

  • Free, timed reservations are required to visit the Zoo as of June 13, 2020. There are fees for some attractions. Click for details and reservation information.

  • Yes, there is a separate fee for the Sea Lion Show, Conservation Carousel, Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, Zooline Railroad, 4-D Theater, and Wild Wonder Outpost. 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 about Zoo hours and reservations

  • The Zoo opens to the public on June 13, 2020, to guests with reservations. The Zoo is open daily, year-round. Click for more information on our hours and reservations.

  • Yes. The Zoo opens to the public on June 13, 2020, to guests with reservations. The Zoo is open daily year-round. Click here for information on our hours and reservationsIf 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.

  • Reservations are required for all guests beginning June 13, 2020. Click here for information on guidelines and reservations. 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.

  • 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.

  • You may bring your Zoovenir sipper cups, however, for the safety of our guests and staff, our staff will not be handling the cups. When you ask for a refill, they will hand you a 32 ounce compostable cup of your beverage of choice that you can pour into your sipper cup.
  • 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.

  • All public and private events as well as educational programs are canceled through at least June 30, 2020. In addition, all Zoo summer camps are canceled for 2020. 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! 

Enhance Your Visit

  • We currently are not accepting reservations for tours until further notice.

  • Check out our Virtual Conservation Learning opportunities for all ages. All Education programs are canceled until further notice. Click here to see more about Zoo Educational opportunities.

  • Yes, based on capacity guidance from the Department of Health for the City of St. Louis. Visit Rent the Zoo for more information. 

After Your Visit