Effective Monday, May 23, 2022, the Saint Louis Zoo will no longer limit attendance and guests do not need reservations.

Summer Hours

Now through August 14

Prairie Farms Dairy Summer Zoo Weekends

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Sunday* through Thursday
    • *Zoo closes at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 27 (Night at the Zoo ticketed event)
  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. — Friday and Saturday
  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. — Independence Day (Monday, July 4)

August 15 through September 2

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily*
    • *Zoo closes at 4 p.m. on Thursday, August 18
    • *Zoo closes at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 24 (Jammin' at the Zoo ticketed event)

Fall Hours

September 3 through 5 — Labor Day Weekend

  • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

September 6 through October 12

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

October 13 through December 31

  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except holidays listed below
Holiday Hours
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
  • Closed all day on Sunday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 31 (New Year's Eve)

  • Closed all day on Sunday, January 1, 2023 (New Year's Day) 

2022 hours subject to change

Paid Attractions

Current summer hours (May 13-August 14, 2022):

  • Zooline Railroad — ($7.95/person*)
    • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
    • 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Dinoroarus — ($5.95/person*)
    • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
    • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Stingrays at Caribbean Cove — ($3.95/person*)
    • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
    • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • Sea Lion Show — ($3.95/person*) See show schedule
  • Conservation Carousel — ($2.95/person*)
    • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
    • 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday
  • 4D Theater — ($3.95/person Zoo Members; $4.95/person non-members*)
    • 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
    • 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday

*Save with an Adventure Pass!

This one-day pass includes admission to special attractions.

Learn more about the Adventure Pass

Animal Habitats

Food and Shopping

Most food and beverage locations and gift shops are open, including Starbucks. Some of the safety enhancements include:

  • All food items sold are prepackaged in closed containers or wrappers, similar to what you may see at most restaurants.
  • Reduced menu items are streamlined for safety and efficiency to be as seamless as possible in serving a large volume of guests daily.
  • Seating at indoor restaurants and outdoor picnic areas has been reduced to allow for social distancing.
  • Regularly scheduled sanitizing of all indoor and outdoor eating areas
  • Guest capacity limits in gift shops 

Breakfast at the Zoo 

Planning a visit to the Zoo in the morning? Visit Lakeside Cafe in the center of the Zoo for a variety of breakfast options.


  • What to know before, during and after your visit: click for FAQs

  • Learn more about our stroller, wheelchair and electronic convenience rentals, accessibility services, and Zoo rules, polices and prohibited items. 

    See info on services and policies

  • Although safety precautions as to your visit are taken by the Saint Louis Zoo, every visitor is responsible for his or her personal safety and that of children or others under their supervision. In consideration of access to the Zoo, visitors (a) agree to comply with Zoo policies and instructions, including those on signage, (b) understand and agree that coronavirus, COVID-19, has infected individuals in the St. Louis area, that it is contagious and that it can spread to persons in any number of ways, (c) agree that they assume responsibility for any injury (including personal injury, disability or death), illness, damage, loss claim, liability, or expense arising out of or related to COVID-19 experienced or contracted in connection with a Zoo visit, (d) that they waive and release all claims against the Zoo and its commissioners, officers, employees, volunteers and agents relative to the foregoing matters, and (e) that they agree that the Zoo is legally entitled to sovereign immunity regarding to any such claims.

  • 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.

Zoo Map

Paper maps are available at the Zoo. You may download this PDF in advance and use it on your mobile device while you're here. Click map to see key and more details.

Maps in Foreign Languages: Zoo maps written in Arabic, Bosnian, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish and Vietnamese are available. Please find these PDFs on the Accessibility page


Groups of 15 or More — Advance Reservations and Discounts

Groups of 15 or more can purchase discounted tickets to attractions, Adventure Passes and meal vouchers through the Group Tickets office. Fill out the Group Tickets Inquiry Form, or call (314) 646-4781 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. (CDT), Monday through Friday. Full payment for your selected items is due two (2) weeks prior to your event date to ensure entry reservation availability. Your entry reservation will not be confirmed until full payment is received.

Purchase Group Tickets 

Other Group Reservations

The Zoo welcomes groups of any size. Zoo reservations, including groups, are not needed starting May 23.

If you have additional questions, please call our Guest Relations desk at (314) 646-4797.

Stay Connected & Virtual Learning

Follow us on social media or on our blog as we continue to #BringTheStlZooToYou. Virtual conservation learning opportunities are available on our website.

Virtual conservation learning

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