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!
All guests, including Zoo members, must now reserve free, timed tickets prior to visiting.
General admission to the Zoo is FREE
Through November 25
Daily: 9 a.m.-4 p.m
Boo at the Zoo: October 16-November 1
Daily: 5-8:30 p.m
Daily: 9 a.m.-3 p.m
November 27 – December 23
Daily: 9 a.m.-4 p.m
- Reservations for a specific date become available seven days prior.
- Example: November 1 reservations will be available on October 25 at 7 a.m. online.
- Guests will have their reserved ticket scanned from their print-at-home ticket or digitally on their smartphone. Both North and South entrances are open.
- Please arrive at the Zoo within your reserved time slot. Once at the Zoo, you may stay as long as you wish.
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What to know before, during and after your visit.
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
- 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 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+ 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.
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.
- Most animal exhibits
- Animal areas with limited hours
- Bird House (opens at 10 a.m.)
- Children's Zoo (opens at 10 a.m.) The Emerson Children's Zoo is open through Saturday, October 31, as a free, "walk-through" experience only. Please note there are not many animals to see in the public areas of the Children's Zoo at this time.
- Herpetarium (opens at 10 a.m.)
- Insectarium (opens at10 a.m.)
- Penguin & Puffin Coast (opens at 9 a.m.) (Closed October 21) Guests visiting on Saturdays & Sundays will need to pick up free, timed tickets at a Welcome Desk, located at either Zoo entrance, or at any Zoo attraction to enter Penguin & Puffin Coast.
- Primate House (opens at 10 a.m.)
- 4D Theater
- Antelope House
- Aqua Tunnel at Sea Lion Sound
- Butterfly Dome at Insectarium
- Children's Zoo indoor building
- Children's Zoo farm play and other interactive areas
- Children's Zoo goat yard
- Children's Zoo playground and bubblers
- Children's Zoo Show
- Cypress Swamp in 1904 World's Fair Flight Cage
- Jungle of the Apes (inside)
- Wild Wonder Outpost Discovery Room
- Conservation Carousel
($2.95/person* 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through November 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting November 2)
- Zooline Railroad
($7.95/person* 9:30 a.m. to close through November 1, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting November 2)
- Sea Lion Show
($3.95/person per show*. Weekends only through November 1. The schedule is weather permitting and subject to change.)
- Stingrays at Caribbean Cove
($3.95/person* during all hours of operation through November 1.)
*Save with an Adventure Pass!
This one-day pass includes admission to the Conservation Carousel, Sea Lion Show, Stingrays at Caribbean Cove and Zooline Railroad.
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
- Looking for a mask? The Zoo has animal face masks available for purchase online and at Zoo gift shops. While supplies last.
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. 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.
Learn more about our stroller, wheelchair and electronic convenience rentals, accessibility services, and Zoo rules, polices and prohibited items.
Groups of 15 or more can receive special discounts with advance reservations through our Group Tickets Office.
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