Last summer my granddaughter and I visited the Saint Louis Zoo in St. Louis, Missouri. Zoo admission is free. However, we opted for the Adventure Pass, which gets you into six attractions that aren’t included in the free admission. The Adventure Pass is well worth the $12.95 fee, which is less than admission at other major zoos. We had planned to spend only the morning at the zoo. But with all that the Adventure Pass offers, we ended up staying all day.
At first we walked…and walked…and walked…as you do at any zoo. We saw reptiles and amphibians.
It was hard to pull away from the penguins and puffins—they’re so cute!
Of course, primates are always a zoo highlight.
This zoo resident and my granddaughter sat staring at each other for several minutes, imitating each other.
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Walking around a zoo on a hot St. Louis summer afternoon gets tiring. That’s when it’s nice to have the Adventure Pass. More than once we took the Zooline Railroad. It was relaxing to ride through the zoo for a while instead of walk. We also took advantage of it to get from one part of the zoo to another.
I can’t resist a carousel, so we took a spin on the animals.
We also petted the Stingrays at Caribbean Cove, checked out the Children’s Zoo, and enjoyed the Sea Lion Show, all usually an extra fee but included with the Saint Louis Zoo Adventure Pass
To cool off from the afternoon and for more entertainment we saw the show at the 4-D Theater. 4-D shows are always fun, with the vibrating seats, mist, and other surprise elements.
Before we knew it, it was time to head back to the our hotel. We never even got to the giraffes, lions or bears, which we’ll have to save for a return visit. Had we not had the Adventure Pass, we probably would have tired out and left much earlier.
If you visit Saint Louis Zoo
Saint Louis Zoo, located in Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, is consistently ranked among the top zoos in the United States. Admission is free. However, there is a parking fee, and as noted in the article, a fee for extra zoo attractions. You can purchase the attractions included in the Adventure Pass separately at $3 to $7.95 each, but the Adventure Pass offers a big savings when experiencing multiple attractions. Check the website for complete zoo details.
We stayed at the Hampton Inn – St. Louis Downtown at the Gateway Arch during our visit. Check the Hampton Inn rates and rates of other St. Louis Hotels.
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I’m trying to find out what it would cost for my husband and I to be able to do everything in the zoo we are seniors thank you for your time Tonce
Hi Tonce. Basic admission to the Saint Louis Zoo is free. However, there is a parking fee if you are driving there. You can check the parking fees at https://www.stlzoo.org/visit/parking-directions. To take advantage of almost everything the zoo offers, you’ll want to purchase an Adventure Pass, which as of today, is $12.95 per person. The Adventure Pass includes the Children’s Zoo, Zooline Railroad, Conservation Carousel, 4D Theater, Sea Lion Show, and the Stingrays at Caribbean Cove. (Note that the Sea Lion Show and Stingrays at Caribbean Cove are seasonal attractions.) Only the Safari Tour ($5 per person) and Wild Wonder Outpost (A Discovery room designed for very young children) are not included in the Adventure Pass. Food is available for purchase at various restaurants and food stands and special events may have a separate fee. See upcoming events at https://www.stlzoo.org/events/calendarofevents.