The St. Louis Zoo proved to be everything and then some. We were there March 19,2007 on the way to Branson, and loved it so much, retuned to see what we missed on the way home on the 23rd.(It was worth lelaving Branson a day early!) This zoo is free admission,and if you are lucky there is free parking, but even with $10.00 per vehicle parking across the street, it isn't bad. There are extra charges in the park if you choose to do this, i.e., riding the train.
There are so many different animals in the zoo that you don't see elsewhere and it is so CLEAN! A wondereful opportuninty to take advantage of.