A Guide To The Saint Louis Zoo

September 20, 2013 7:00 AM

Make sure you have the best day planned with this guide to the Saint Louis Zoo.

Since 1913, the St. Louis Zoo has been a staple in St. Louis entertainment. Over the years, the St. Louis Zoo has modernized, but the old school charm remains. The St. Louis Zoo features 18,000 animals from 700 species on 90 acres. To get the most out of your visit, click here for a map of the St. Louis Zoo.

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Saint Louis Zoo
One Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 781-0900

Entrances to the St. Louis Zoo

The St. Louis Zoo has two entrances, the North Entrance and the South Entrance. The north entrance is on Government Drive west of Fine Arts Drive. The south entrance is on the US40/I64 side of the St. Louis Zoo on Wells Drive.

When entering the north entrance, you will be in the Discovery Corner section. To your left are The Wild, Historic Hill and Red Rocks and straight ahead is the River’s Edge.

When entering from the south, to your right is Historic Hill, Red Rocks and The Wild and to your left is the River’s Edge and Discovery Corner.

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Sites and events

Historic Hill is the oldest part of the St. Louis Zoo, featuring the 1904 World’s Fair bird cage (which started the quest for the St. Louis Zoo) and 1920s architecture in the birdhouse and surrounding structures. Historic Hill is home to the reptile house, the primate house and sea lions, river otters, swans and alligator snapping turtles.

Historic Hill contains the Chain of Lakes, home to the North American river otters. During the first two weekends in October, you can enjoy Ottertoberfest, a celebration of the North American river otters. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on each Saturday and Sunday, families can enjoy special menus, music, drinksand activities.

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The Wild features Penguin and Puffin Coast. Here there are four different types of penguins: the gentoo, humboldt, king and rockhopper penguins. Each Sunday during the winter when the temperature is below 50 degrees, the penguins go out for a walk. The Penguin walk starts at 1:30 p.m., weather permitting.

River’s Edge lets you get up close and personal with hippos, elephants and rhinos. The winding paths lead visitors to the hippos’ water hole, where the hippos move freely through the rocky terrain or submerge their bodies and stare at the guests. Another grassy stroll brings visitors to the elephant’s habitat. Here the elephants stroll, eat and socialize.

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The Children’s Zoo offers kids the opportunity to explore four fun playground-like areas focused on aquatic, desert, jungle, forest and common habitats. Zoo employees will even bring out specific animals for kids to pet and see.

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The St. Louis Zoo has 10 indoor and terrace seating cafes: The Painted Giraffe, River Camp Café, Lakeside Café, Carousel Café, Ice Cream Oasis, Ray’s Grill, Safari Grill, The Laughing Hyena, East Refreshment Stand and Hippo Hideaway. There are also two additional eateries close to the St. Louis Zoo within Forest Park.

The Boathouse Restaurant (The Grand Basin)
6101 Government Drive
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 367-2224

Meriwether’s (Missouri History Museum)
5700 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 361-7313

Pennee Struckman is an accounting professional in St Louis, MO. She currently writes for Examiner.com on topics related to parenting teenagers and living well on a budget in St. Louis. She is also a professional financial management writer with articles and white papers published by a well-known information firm. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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