Living in Saint Louis my whole life, sometimes I forget how lucky we really are having this awesome Zoo. Not every city has a zoo and not every zoo is free to get into. I know there are alot of other zoos around the country but I'm a little bias. The Saint Louis Zoo is just all around great.
|Hmm..... which kind do I want?|
If you are not a member or just visiting, you can go through the whole zoo for free. Yep, free ( if you can avoid the food and gift shop. I know, easier said than done) If you get there the first hour of the day, you can go into the children's zoo, carousel,and sting rays for free. FREE. If you have a bigger family, that's a heck of a deal. You can also park for free along the streets in Forest Park, which will be is it's own post of awesome-ness. As my friend Katrina over at Keys To the Magic Travel says about WDW....a very affordable option for souvenirs are the pressed pennies that you can find all around the Zoo. K loves them and for 51 cents. I can't beat it.
If you get here after the first hour, they do have a Safari Pass. For $10 per person, this gets you one admission to the Children's Zoo, Zooline Railroad, Conservation Carousel, Movie and 4-D Motion Simulator and Stingrays at Caribbean. It maybe worth it, it may not be depending on what you want to see and do.
|S loves the squeezy applesauce.|
We usually bring some snacks for the girls when we go like squeezey applesauce, crackers, grapes, and drinks. The Zoo is cool with you bringing a cooler and all the food/drink you need with you. How great is that? But if you don't want to worry about it, the food is great here. It's the typical tourist prices. They have everything from BBQ to Ice Cream to Beer. There are 10 places to get food all around the Zoo. They have this deal for a Souvenir cup for $8 but then refills are only a $1. If you can share one of those, you're set. And if you come back, you can bring it back and reuse it again all season.
I always dress for comfort and a little sweating, especially in the summer here in St.Louis ( hot and really humid) Lugging two kids in a double stroller for 2-3 hours doesn't make for cute. I see plenty of cutely dressed people but I want comfort. It is a bigger place so I would recommend tennis shoes but again I see people in all kinds of shoes.
Our usual Zoo trip goes something like this....( and keep in mind this is a 4 and 2 year I'm taking )
Then we make our way back down the hill to the apes/monkeys,birds...
around to the carousel.....
and then on the River's Edge to see the hippos and Elephants, who are the girls favorite. There are folks all around the Zoo who are explaining the animals and will answer any questions that you can think of or will find out who can answer your questions if they can't. We finish up the day with a ride on the Zoo train which right now is the highlight of the trip, which is why it's left until the end.
|New Baby Kenzie and her mom, Rani|
|Grandma Ellie, Mama Rani and Baby Kenize- Three elephant generations. What a family.|
|My little photog K capturing the hippos|
Being the ages they are, there is a bunch we don't do but when they are older things will totally change I'm sure. I so recommend this place to anyone visiting from out of town with or without kids. It's one of my top 5 places to go here. I have been in no way paid or compensated for this post at all. I just love this place and am so blessed that it is in the city where I live. Please come and enjoy it if you are ever in town.
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