Saint Louis Zoo Prices, Membership & Hours

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Saint Louis Zoo Tickets & Membership Guide

The Saint Louis Zoo is a popular zoo located in Forest Park – about 5 miles from St. Louis, Missouri.

Founded in 1910, it is known for its beautiful naturalistic exhibits and diverse collection of animals in a happy and vibrant atmosphere.

The zoo offers various exhibits and attractions that allow guests to get up close and personal with the various animals while learning about their habitats and preservation efforts.

St Louis Zoo is a popular destination for animal & wildlife lovers and families striving for an educational, enjoyable day out.

With 6 ‘Zoo Zones’ & home to hundreds, this zoo aims to learn about the animals and spread the information.

You can choose to walk through, visit animals in their enclosures, and enjoy watching animals within each specially designed-area.

This article shares everything you must know before booking Saint Louis tickets.

Saint Louis Zoo Prices for Ticket/Admission

Admission to the Zoo is free; however, there are fees for some attractions.

Below are the latest Saint Louis Zoo Prices for various attractions in 2023 –

Attraction Price  Notes
Sea Lion Show $3.95 per person Children under 2 are free. (Seasonal)
Conservation Carousel $2.95 per person Children under 2 are free. All other requires admission.
Dinosaurs $5.95 per person Children under 2 are free. (Seasonal)
Stingrays at Caribbean Cove $3.95 per person Children under 2 are free. (Seasonal)
Zooline Railroad $7.95 per person Includes all-day on-off privileges. Children under 2 are free.
4D Theater $3.95/members & $4.95/non-members
Wild Wonder Outpost $2/members &

During winter operating hours, attractions may not operate based on schedules. 

St Louis Zoo adventure pass

The Adventure Pass is well worth the $10.95 fee, which is less than admission to other major zoos.

The Adventure Pass is not valid after the Zoo’s general operating hours or during special events.

Children under 2 are free. All the above events and activities are included in the St Louis Zoo adventure pass.

How much is parking at the St Louis Zoo?

All-day parking is available on the Zoo’s North Lot and South Lot.

Limited street parking is available in Forest Park.

Type  Cost Notes
Cars $10 per vehicle
Oversized Vehicles under 24 feet $20 per vehicle Limited; South Lot Only
  • Vehicles over 24 feet long are NOT permitted to park in the lots.
  • Buses over 24 feet must obtain a permit to park in Forest Park.
  • Pricing is subject to change.

St Louis Zoo Membership Prices

Membership Type Cost Benefits
Patron $79 Free parking for six visits.
36 Member Tickets for Zooline Railroad, Dinoroarus, Sea Lion Show, and Winging It!
Family $99 Free parking for six visits
48 premium member tickets for Zooline Railroad, Dinoroarus, Sea Lion Show, and Winging It!
Loyalist $199 Unlimited free parking
60 premium member tickets for Zooline Railroad, Dinoroarus, Sea Lion Show, and Winging It!
Ambassador $259 Unlimited free parking
75 premium member tickets for Zooline Railroad, Dinoroarus, Sea Lion Show, and Winging It!
Supporter $59 Free parking for four visits
4 member tickets for Zooline Railroad, Dinoroarus, Sea Lion Show, and Winging It!
Sustainer $500 Unlimited free parking
100 premium member tickets for Zooline Railroad, Dinoroarus, Sea Lion Show, and Winging It!

What included in St Louis Zoo Membership

  • 10 % discount in Zoo gift shops, on food purchases and standard wheelchair rentals
  • Nature’s Best Photography magazine
  • Zoo Friends Day invitation
  • Discounts on education programs
  • Facility rental discount
  • Birthday card with free lunch coupon for kids
  • benefits vary by level.

St Louis Zoo Rentals

Single strollers $12 per day
Double strollers $14 per day
Infant strollers $13 per day
Wheelchairs $11 per day
Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECV) $35 per day
Electric Convenience Vehicles (ECV) with canopy $45 per day

What can’t you miss at the Saint Louis Zoo?

Mainly, you can’t miss Saint Louis Zoo’s animal exhibits- it is home to over 500 species brought from all around the world. Observing them interact and play with each other is a very thrilling part of the visit.

Another sensational experience at Saint Louis Zoo is when the zookeepers feed the animals.  I recommend you check out what activities are prepared for your visiting day so you don’t miss them- very interesting!

In “The Kids Zoo,” kids are allowed to feed and pet various animals in a barnyard such as alpacas, donkeys, sheep, goats, or prairie dogs. They will never forget this experience.

To complete your fun-filled day, children can also enjoy the ride of the insect carousel and play on Nature Trek bridges & walkways.

On-site facilities include gift shops, eateries, and food stands. You can also travel the world in one day by foot, on a safari cycle, or tram tour with a trip to Zoo Miami.

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When is the St Louis Zoo open?

The St Louis Zoo is open at 10 AM and it may close at 4:30 PM or 5:30 PM depending on the season from Monday through Sunday.

The zoo remains closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Martin Luther King Day. 

Useful tips to visit the St Louis Zoo

  • Always book your tickets online in advance and confirm it.
  • Never feed the zoo animals without permission.
  • Download the St Louis Zoo map to your phone or print it so you can easily guide the zoo from place to place.
  • Don’t touch the plants, flowers, or trees.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Dress appropriately and comfortably according to the season you are visiting.
  • Bring snacks with you to eat inside the zoo.
  • Carry your own bottle.

Where to eat at St Louis Zoo?

Your visit takes several hours so you may find you work up an appetite- take a break and grab a light bite to recharge your batteries!

The zoo is full of restaurants where you can stop for a while and eat on your visit. Check what restaurants are available inside the zoo- 

  • Jimmy’s On the Park (American, Fast food)
  • Carl’s Deli (American)
  • Sweetie Pie’s (Southern/Soul)
  • Pappy’s Smoke House (American, Barbecue)

Planning a full-day fun trip in a learning environment, do visit Brookfield Zoo.

Saint Louis Zoo Hours

The Zoo is open seven days a week all year round. 


How do I contact Saint Louis Zoo?

Mailing Address
Saint Louis Zoo
One Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110

Phone Numbers

  • (314) 781-0900
  • (800) 966-8877 Toll-free

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Saint Louis Zoo Tickets & Prices FAQs

Is the St Louis Zoo always free?

Yes, it’s always free.

How long does it take to go through the St. Louis Zoo?

If you visit all the exhibit areas you are looking at 4-7 hours.

Is there free parking at the St. Louis Zoo?

The Zoo itself is free, but you’ve to pay for the parking. 

Can you drink at the St Louis Zoo?

Coolers and picnic baskets are permitted on Zoo grounds.


Home to over 14,000 animals, representing 500 species, The Saint Louis Zoo is recognized worldwide for its innovative approaches to animal care and management, wildlife conservation, research, and education.

Every visit to Saint Louis Zoo is unique and unpredictable- you never know what you’ll see or how you might connect with the animals. Saint Louis Zoo fosters community and creates an inviting culture for all to enjoy.

Planning a full-day fun trip in a learning environment, do visit Phoenix Zoo.