Welcome Back!

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. On this page, you'll find important information needed for your upcoming Zoo visit. When you are ready to visit, we're more than ready for you! 


Advance Reservations Required

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

General admission to the Zoo is FREE; Attendance is limited

Zoo Hours

Daily: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

See Hours page for future dates.

About reservations

  • Reservations for a specific date become available seven days prior. 
    • Example: April 15 reservations will be available on April 8 at 7 a.m. online.
  • Reservations can be made up until 4:45 p.m. on the day of your visit, if the date is not sold out. Please note the Zoo's closing time on the day you wish to visit before making your reservation.
  • Guests will have their reserved ticket scanned from their print-at-home ticket or digitally on their smartphone. Both parking lots are open.
  • Please arrive at the Zoo within your reserved time slot. Once at the Zoo, you can stay as long as you wish, or until the Zoo closes. 

Reservations are valid only for day and time noted. There is no penalty for an unused reservation, however, new reservations will be required for any future visit. Reservations are nontransferable. 

Please include every person in your party when making your free reservation. 

Make A Reservation Online

Please note: The reservation site does not support Internet Explorer. For the best experience, please use Chrome, Firefox or Safari v10 and above.

Frequently Asked Questions

What to know before, during and after your visit.

See Frequently Asked Questions

What We're Doing For Your Safety

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. The unique characteristics of the Zoo campus and vast outdoor experiences provide the opportunity to safely implement numerous safety measures.

Here are some of the steps we're taking to help keep our guests and staff safe:

  • Requiring masks/face coverings for everyone age 9 and up, including those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. 
  • Limiting attendance to help maintain social distancing within our Zoo.
  • Implementing enhanced sanitation protocols (e.g., offering additional hand sanitizing opportunities, cleaning restrooms and table surfaces frequently, blocking off frequently touched items like map dispensers.)
  • Operating shops, restaurants and certain attractions at limited capacity and with modified service (some attractions are closed for your health and safety.)
  • There will be no cash transactions at the Zoo, only credit card or other cashless options. North and South Rentals at both entrances, and Guest Relations booth near Lakeside Cafe, are able to accommodate cash customers by selling them gift cards to spend at the Zoo.


Masks/Face Coverings Required

At the direction of the Department of Health for the City of St. Louis, it is mandatory for Zoo staff and guests ages 9 and above, including those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, to wear masks/face coverings  — which must cover nose and mouth — while visiting. 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 a virus that we know very little about.

  • The Zoo requires all guests age 9+, including those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine, to wear masks/face coverings — which must cover nose and mouth — while visiting.
  • Costume masks are not allowed.
  • Guests are required to wear masks/face coverings at all times. They are only allowed to remove or lower their masks/face coverings while eating or drinking. When guests are eating or drinking, they are to maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from other parties.
  • Guests can remove their masks in two designated areas while maintaining a social distance of 6 feet from other groups. See map below.
  • Guests with preexisting health conditions unable to wear a mask/face covering for medical reasons can wear a face shield. The Zoo has a limited amount of face shields available for sale at both entrances.  

Looking for a mask?

 The Zoo has animal face masks available for purchase online and at Zoo gift shops. While supplies last. 

purchase online

Personal Responsibility

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 the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has recently 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.

What is Open? What is Closed?

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. Thank you for your patience.


Closed temporarily

  • Antelope House
  • Aqua Tunnel at Sea Lion Sound
  • Butterfly Dome at Insectarium
  • Jungle of the Apes (inside)
  • Wild Wonder Outpost Discovery Room

Paid Attractions

*Save with an Adventure Pass!

This one-day pass includes admission to the Conservation Carousel, 4D Theater, Stingrays at Carribean Cove (starting April 9), Dinoroarus (Starting April 17), Sea Lion Show and Zooline Railroad.

Learn more about the Adventure Pass

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.

Looking for a mask?

The Zoo has animal face masks available for purchase online and at Zoo gift shops. While supplies last. 

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


Zoo Map

Paper maps will be available at the Zoo. You may download this PDF in advance and use it on your mobile device while you're here.

Guests can remove their masks in two designated areas while maintaining a social distance of 6 feet from other groups. See map. 


Parking on the Zoo's two parking lots is $15 per car ($30 per oversized vehicle under 24 feet.) Parking is not included in your timed Zoo reservation. Cashless transactions only. Credit cards are accepted for parking payment. Zoo members may use their membership benefit. 

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.

See full info on parking & directions

Zoo Services/Policies

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


Groups of 15 or More — Advance Reservations and Discounts

Groups of 15 or more can make advance reservations when they purchase discounted tickets to attractions, Adventure Passes and meal vouchers through the Group Tickets office. Call (314) 646-4781 or email durfor@stlzoo.org 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. For those groups who do not wish to make purchases through the Group Tickets office, Zoo reservations are available seven (7) days prior to your visit. Click here to make a free reservation. Please note, you will need to make multiple group reservations of no more than 10 individuals per group. If you need help or have questions, you can call our reservation help line at (314) 646-4797.

Make Zoo Reservations

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.

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