• Designated accessible parking spaces are located in the Zoo’s North Parking Lot and South Parking Lot and on Government Drive. Parking on the street is free. The spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Electric Convenience Vehicles are available for rental at the North and South Entrance. They are intended for adults over 18 and not exceeding 400 pounds. A government-issued ID must be provided. ECVs without a canopy are $30 per day and with a canopy are $40 per day.

    Wheelchairs are available for $10 per day.

    The rentals are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the popularity of these rentals, we are unable to guarantee availability and this equipment cannot be reserved in advance.

    All major facilities are wheelchair accessible, as are most restrooms. A map of the Zoo, including ramps, accessible entrances and grades of pathways, is available as you enter the Zoo.

  • The Conservation Carousel is ADA accessible. Two chariots on the carousel can accommodate wheelchairs.

    The Zooline Railroad is ADA accessible. Passengers in wheelchairs have a large area on the train car, with fold down seats for companions. The Zoo has also added ramps with lower slopes.

  • Service animals are permitted, except in the Children's Zoo goat yard, Cypress Swamp (1904 Flight Cage) and Antelope House. Service dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities are welcome at the Zoo. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do not qualify as service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and are not permitted inside the Zoo.

  • Equal Access Passes are intended to accommodate visitors with disabilities who require alternative access to an attraction that does not include a continuous wait in line. The pass is also available to the paid aides of persons with disabilities who require support to access Zoo paid attractions. Valid attractions include Zooline Railroad, Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, 4-D Theater and indoor experience at Penguin & Puffin Coast. The free passes may be obtained at the Visitor Relations booth at Lakeside Crossing and the Rentals Desks at both Zoo Entrances.

Sensory Inclusive Experiences

  • Our summer camps are staffed with Inclusion Facilitators who are dedicated and trained to help meet the needs of campers who have special needs or benefit from a little extra attention to ensure they are fully included in Camp experiences. (Experiences vary by season.)

  • Sensory Saturday sessions in our Discovery Room will be modified with dimmer lighting, reduced sound and a sensory-break area with fidgets (self-regulation tools to help with focus, attention, calming, and active listening), pillows and other accommodations.

  • We recommend attending the first 2 weekdays of Boo at the Zoo when attendance is the lowest. Quiet Zones will be available as well as a Sensory Map.

  • Sensory Night is a special night for individuals on the autism spectrum and others who may benefit from a sensory-friendly experience. This special night mirrors the traditional Wild Lights experience, but the evening will offer quiet areas and trained Zoo staff to assist families.

  • The Saint Louis Zoo offers Accessible Tours of select areas on select dates. These include audio described tours for visitors who are blind or visually impaired and tours for visitors with early stage memory loss and their caregivers.

  • The Sea Lion Show includes American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. Assistive hearing devices are available at the Sea Lion Show.

    An ASL interpreter, provided by Fusion, will be available at Jungle Boogie on select dates. Check the calendar for details.

  • Audio Description is available at the Sea Lion Show the second Wednesday and Saturday of the month from March to November. Check the Sea Lion Show page for more details.

    Audio described tours occur the Second Saturday of the month from March to October. There is a Bird House Tour at 10 a.m. and a Stingray Tour at 1:30 p.m. See the Programs for Adults page to register.

  • Guided tours are available in partnership with The Alzheimer’s Association.