My husband and I make it a point to visit this zoo every year (we reside in Indiana, but are from southern Missouri). The animals' environments are always clean, made for easy viewing, and seem to keep the animals happy. Our favorite spot is either the penguins (there is no barrier between you and the animals) or the gorillas (we just love the species).
Having been to zoos all over the country, including the famous San Diego Zoo, this zoo ranks at the top of our list all around. It is big enough to spend the whole day, but arranged well enough to just hit a few "priority animals" if you only want to spend a few hours.
This zoo gets extra points for its Forest Park location. Make sure to visit the free science museum and art museum as well!
The only downside...food at the zoo is overpriced at around $10/adult for hamburgers, chili dogs, chicken strips, etc. And if you are unable to park free on the street (only a handful of spots are available), parking is $10/car.
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