Saint Louis Zoo Adventure Pass Well Worth the Fee

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.

St. Louis Zoo - LizardSt. Louis Zoo - Lizard Two
St Louis Zoo - Tortoise One

It was hard to pull away from the penguins and puffins—they’re so cute!

St Louis Zoo - Penguins SingingSt Louis Zoo - Puffins

Of course, primates are always a zoo highlight.

St Louis Zoo - Monkey Saint Louis Zoo - Monkey Pair

This zoo resident and my granddaughter sat staring at each other for several minutes, imitating each other.

St Louis Zoo Primate House

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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.

Saint Louis Zooline Railroad

I can’t resist a carousel, so we took a spin on the animals.

St Louis Zoo - Conservation Carousel

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

St Louis Zoo - Sea Lion Show St Louis Zoo - Sea Lion Show 2

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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