Road Closure Notification

On Tuesday, May 24, and Wednesday, June 1, Government Drive will be closed to traffic between Fine Arts Drive and Washington Drive.

Address & Phone

One Government Drive    St. Louis, MO 63110

(314) 781-0900     Toll free: (800) 966-8877

Parking

All-day parking is available on the Zoo's North Lot on Government Drive and South Lot** on Wells Drive. Limited street parking is available in Forest Park.

Zoo North & South Parking Lots

Cars

  • $15 per vehicle*

Oversized vehicles under 24 feet** 

  • $30 per vehicle (Limited; South Lot only)

*Pricing is subject to change. On evenings of Boo at the Zoo and Wild Lights, parking is free on North and South Lots after 4 p.m. During non-Zoo events in Forest Park throughout the year, charges will apply for parking on Zoo lots.

**Vehicles over 24 feet long are NOT permitted to park in our lots. Buses over 24 feet must obtain a permit to park in Forest Park. (See Bus/Commercial Vehicle Parking below). Subject to change.

How to Pay at North & South Lots

  • Cash and credit card payment are accepted at at the North and South parking lots.

Vehicle Charging Stations

The Saint Louis Zoo has two electric vehicle charging stations in the South Parking Lot. They are available for visitors for free. The units allow up to four cars to charge simultaneously and encourage “greener” travel options. Electric vehicles reduce greenhouse gas emissions, dependency on petroleum and pollution in the city. The units were installed thanks to a grant from Ameren Corporation.

Street Parking

Limited street parking within the boundaries of Forest Park is available for free. 

Bus/Commercial Parking

Buses under 24 feet are allowed to park in our South Lot only. Limited spaces are available. 

Click here to see map for bus staging, drop-off and pick-up. 

All other buses and commercial vehicles must obtain a permit to park in Forest Park. 

To park a bus or commercial vehicle in Forest Park when visiting the Zoo, you must obtain a permit through the City of Saint Louis Department of Parks. You will also be assigned a designated lot by the Parks Department. The parking permit fee is $5 per bus or commercial vehicle. Parking permits are obtained by calling the Forest Park Permits Office at (314) 289-5330, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., or by completing an online applicationPlease request your permit at least two weeks before your scheduled field trip.

Drivers will need to provide their name, name and address of school/organization, date of visit, and the number of buses arriving at the time of their request. Permits will be mailed. Any permits requested less than two weeks of the scheduled trip will need to be picked up at the permit office.

Please note: Your parking permit must be prominently displayed on the windshield of your bus during the time the vehicle is parked in Forest Park or you risk getting ticketed.

Forest Park Parking Online application

Driving Directions

Occasionally, Forest Park entrances and roads are closed due to events in the park. Please check ForestParkForver.org for the latest information and plan your trip accordingly.

  • There are nine entrances to Forest Park, including Hampton & Wells, Tamm Avenue bridge, Skinker & Wells, Skinker & Forsyth, Lindell at DeBaliviere, Lindell at Forest Park Parkway, Lindell at West Pine, Kingshighway at West Pine, Kingshighway at Oakland to Tamm.

    Check out the new interactive digital map of Forest Park.

  • Take the Hampton exit (34-B) and follow signs to Forest Park. At the first roundabout, turn left (west) on Wells Drive and arrive at the Zoo's South Entrance.

    To North Entrance, go straight through first roundabout, left at second roundabout on Washington Blvd., turn left on Government Drive.

    Westbound Alternate Route: Take Clayton Road exit, turn right on Skinker, right on Wells Drive. Veer left to Zoo's North Entrance. Veer right to South Entrance.

    Eastbound Alternate Route: Take McCausland exit, turn left on McCausland/Skinker, right on Wells Drive. Veer left to Zoo's North Entrance. Veer right to South Entrance.

  • Take the Hampton Ave. exit. Drive north about one mile and cross the Hampton Ave. bridge. At the first roundabout, turn left on Wells Drive and arrive at the Zoo's South Entrance.

    To North Entrance, go straight through first roundabout, left at second roundabout on Washington Blvd., turn left on Government Drive.

    Eastbound Alternate Route: Take Vandeventer Ave. exit and follow signs to Kingshighway north. Turn left onto Oakland Avenue. Drive west to the Tamm Avenue bridge, turn right over the bridge and arrive at the Zoo's South Entrance.

    Westbound Alternate Route: Take Vandeventer Ave/Kingshighway exit 287B-A and follow signs to Kingshighway north. Turn right on Kingshighway. Turn left onto Oakland Avenue. Drive west to the Tamm Avenue bridge, turn right over the bridge and arrive at the Zoo's South Entrance.

  • If you're coming from north or northwest, take I-70 or I-270 to I-170 south. Merge onto I-64/40 east. Take the Hampton exit (34-B) and follow signs to Forest Park. At the first roundabout, turn left (west) on Wells Drive and arrive at the Zoo's South Entrance. 

    Alternate Route: Exit I-170 at Forest Park Parkway and go east approx. 2 miles. Turn right on Skinker Boulevard. Turn left on Lagoon Drive into Forest Park. Veer right on Fine Arts Drive, past the Art Museum to Government Drive. Turn right to the Zoo's North Entrance.

  • The Metro Forest Park Explorer runs spring through fall giving individuals visiting Forest Park a convenient method of navigating the Park, in addition to helping alleviate Park congestion.

    The Explorer service line connects all park attractions. Both routes begin at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station. See the website for routes, fees and other details.

  • Ride MetroLink to Forest Park/DeBaliviere station, then take MetroBus route #90 Hampton south (or Forest Park Trolley). The bus and Trolley both stop within a short walking distance of the Zoo's North Entrance on Government Drive. 

    For detailed Metro transit schedules, pricing and to purchase tickets, visit the Metro web site.

  • The #90 Hampton MetroBus stops within a short walking distance from the Zoo's North Entrance on Government Drive.

    See Metro website for more details.