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“Beautiful and alot to see great for famlies” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Louis Zoo

St. Louis Zoo
1 Government Drive, Saint Louis, MO 63110
314 781 0900
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Ranked #3 of 320 things to do in Saint Louis
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching, Leisure education
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Visitors are wowed by this zoo that has 6,600 animals and 15 major exhibit areas.
St. Louis
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“Beautiful and alot to see great for famlies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

You won't be disappointed! Liked everything, landscaping is well kept, trainers onsite with TLC for the animals! Petting zoo for children!

Visited March 2013
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“it's a zoo out there”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Many wonderful active animals. Spend the day. Very clean and everyone was very helpful and friendly. Saw animals we do not have at the Detroit zoo. It's free too; but parking is $15 so park along the road that is free.

Visited April 2013
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“Best Zoo we've seen”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

We took a short family vacation to the St. Louis Zoo, and it was great. There were a lot of animals that the kids loved seeing (lions, tigers, penguins, ducks, panthers, elephants, hippos, monkeys, sea lions, snakes, etc). We also saw the Sea Lion show....which I HIGHLY recommend. Our kids (and us) were amazed at the different things they were trained to do, they are truly intelligent animals. Every Zoo worker we saw was very nice and helpful, the park was clean and very well laid out. I'd definitely recommend visiting here! It's free to enter the park, but $15 for parking.

Visited April 2013
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Urbana, Illinois
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“Beautiful”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

Loved how pretty and welcoming this zoo is! You can tell the animals are taken care of.

Only thing I disliked was the distance between each animal was greater than other zoos I've been to but that may be because it's a conservation based zoo.

Visited April 2013
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St Louis, MO
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“Pretty good zoo on one of the largest parks in the US”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

St Louis Zoo sits on Forrest Park, a park that is larger than Central Park in NY and one of the largest parks in the US. It is a beautiful park with many things to do including a Science Museum, Zoo, Art Museum and grounds that mimic something you would see in England at a castle.

The zoo is free and has many good attractions. It has a good amphibian building, monkey house, large cat area, gorilla exhibit, Africa animals area, train, penguin house, seal exhibit, etc, etc.

Our favorites are:
1) Shark and sting-rays at the Cove during the summer months. You get to pet them. How many places can you pet sting rays and sharks? You also get to feed them.
There's nothing quite like having a stingray suck a piece of fish or shrimp out of your hand or fingers!! It's pretty cool and feels like a vacuum.
2) The new seal exhibit. It's really cool with a pool that is shaped and looks like some kind of outdoor, rocky island area. It is fun to see them swimming around.
But the best part is that you can go under the pool part in a clear glass tunnel and it is amazing to see the seals swimming under the water like fast moving torpedoes. They move with agility and speed, looking very graceful and with little effort.
3) The big cats area. There is a pretty cool lion and tiger area. On Big Cat diary they mention that lions don't climb trees, but I guess someone forgot to tell the lions here, because we have seen one of the females in a tree on multiple occasions. Will include in pics.
The other day one of the lions was swatting at some sparrows flying by. They roar occasionally and wrestle around.
The tiger is a massive feline, he's bigger than the lions. A few years ago, there use to be two tigers and they would jump and play. Now, he pretty much just walks around and sleeps. But he is still amazing to see.
4) The hippos area. Probably the best hippo area at any zoo. Why? Because there is a big glass section in the water where the hippos can move and swim around and you can actuall see them moving.
5) The gorillas. Once when we were there several of the gorillas were fighting with another male gorilla, it was 4 or 5 to 1. Two or three of them were pretty big, silver backs.
They were chasing him every where, several times pounding their chests and make noise. Then they chased him to the top of the jungle gym area, making it look like there was no escape, but he went to the top, quickly jumped way over to one side and swung himself around and down to the ground in a batman or robin like move that was amazing and looked impossible.

Probably the worst part is the parking, you have to park way out when it's busy during the summer, unless you get a pass or pay. There is plenty of picnic areas outside the zoo which is nice.
It is free. Although, nothings really free. They take donations and have paid levels that help support functions, etc.

Visited April 2013
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