While this isn't one of the bigger stops on a typical St. Louis area tour, it's definitely one to consider on your next trip. The World Bird Sanctuary is home to dozens of birds of prey, both for educational purposes and for rehabilitation for return to the wild. There are also other birds on display such as parrots, pelicans, turkeys, pigeons, chickens, etc. we've visited the sanctuary several times with our kids (both under 3 years old). Many of the displays are accessible only by gravel path, so you would need a sturdy stoller for little ones (umbrella stollers won't cut it). If you go early, you'll nearly have the place to yourselves, which we like so that our toddlers can walk freely. Separate from the outdoor bird displays is the nature center building, where you can find snakes, lizards, bunnies, even an armadillo. The nature center is a nice break from the weather outside if it's too hot or too cold, and they sell a few snacks as well. Near the parking area, you'll find picnic tables where you can enjoy an outdoor lunch while watching the bird feeders. Overall a nice little hidden gem just outside of St. Louis and a must for any bird lover.
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