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The St. Louis Zoo

One of the attractions I never get tired of in St. Louis is the Zoo. It's open all year long and it's a gorgeous collection of all forms of nature. The paths are wide and every exhibit is fairly easy to access regardless if you travel by wheelchair, stroller or wagon. My family often goes for just a few hours on nice weekend days. It's free, you don't feel like you are required to stay for 12 hours because you paid fifty bucks for an entrance fee.

It's definitely a place a family could stay all day and not run out of things to do.

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Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA
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The Zoo was result of the famous World's Fair held here in 1904. The Smithsonian Institute constructed a giant bird cage called the "flight cage" for a display. St. Louisans loved it so much that they fought to keep it here. It was acquired by the City of St. Louis for $3,500 although it cost $17,500 to build. They decided it would be more cost effective than disassembling it and moving it to Washington D.C.

in 1910 the Zoological Society was established and slowly the Zoo expanded to become the magnificent attraction it is today. The Zoo was designed to incease the public's awareness about wild animals in the world, encourage education, research and to provide protection to all animals in the animal kingdom.


The Zoo has two entrances, the South entrance on Wells Drive and the North entrance on Government drive.

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Numerous Attractions in One

The Zoo has so many animals and attractions to see, it's nearly impossible to see everything in one trip. The entire Zoo is surrounded in various forms of plant life and trees with paved paths for easy travel. There are many shaded areas with benches and fountains to drink from or play in!

If you start at the North entrance, you'll find the Living World with indoor exhibits that are interactive and educational for children. The information desk is located there as well as an area to rent wheelchairs or strollers if needed. You can grab a drink, lunch or shop for souvenirs.

Take a ride on the train for five bucks and see the views in style. My kids always loved riding the train and it provides a few minutes of shade and a rest for your legs and the kids.

The Children's Zoo is four dollars but it's well worth every cent. The kids get to play in a special area and they can pet some of the animals as well as participate in one of the many educational activities they feature each day.

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The Zoo often hosts community events for fun or fund raisers. This year, they are providing a special Valentine's Day Dinner (Untamed Hearts) with comedian Joe Marlotti. The menu looks delicious and includes a 3 course meal with chocolate and wine.

Every Sunday from 12/2 - 2/10 they have the Penguin Parade! If the temperature is under 50 degrees fahrenheit, the Penguins get to waddle around the zoo and the gift shop. I can't wait to see that!

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The St. Louis Zoo is one of the greatest and oldest attractions in Missouri. If you visit St. Louis, don't forget to check out our Zoo. You can stay for a couple of hours, stay all day or rent the entire thing. The Zoo provides accommodations for people with disabilities and children and it's fun for all ages.

If you can't get to St. Louis, I hope you and your family enjoy the photos from my last trip to the Zoo. It was a perfect day and all the animals came out to greet or show off for visitors.

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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

A Free zoo .... that's great! I love going to the zoo. We have to pay to get in though.

All of your pictures are great ... the penguins are my favorite of the bunch.

I heard that the Toronto Zoo is giving up their elephants to the PAWS sanctuary in California. I guess Bob Barker had endorsed a petition that the elephants be moved. Not sure if its happened yet or not.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Yeah Susan! Can you believe that? They gouge you on the parking and food like most respectable establishments:) lol Thanks for the compliment on the pictures! I've been working on improving the quality in my free time.

I can't wait for the next cold Sunday so I can go see the Parade of Penguins - maybe I'll try to get a movie?!

I'd pay to get into the Toronto Zoo or any zoo really - it's usually so worth it!


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Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

Oh Kelly, I loved learning about this zoo and your pictures were amazing. Sounds like a fun and cheap place to visit, too. Thanks for sharing and have voted up, shared and tweeted, too!!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for the tour and great pictures.


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

I really enjoy the virtual tour at the St. Louis Zoo. Very well written and I love the pictures as well. I hope I can see this place one day. Good job and voted up!

Best wishes, Prasetio


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I love the Zoo! I'm so glad you liked the pictures too...I bet your girls would love our Zoo. It's cheap if you take your own snacks and park outside the lot:) lol. It can get really expensive if you pay for the Children's Zoo, Train, Parking, drinks, ice cream...on and on. I often go and don't spend a penny though!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Mhatter and thank you!

I'm practicing my photography skills so I decided to parlay it into a hub too!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Prasetio - I'm so glad you took the tour:). I do hope you get to visit the St, Louis Zoo...huge and fun!


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Of course I love zoos. My mom used to take my little brother and me to the Houston zoo at least once a month. Great times. I loved watching the monkeys and the bears. The reptile house was fun too. they had a vampire bat and they would feed it a dish of blood at feeding time and your could watch that. I think that's where I first learned to love both bats and blood!

There is nothing more relaxing than a great day at a great zoo. Donna took me to the St. Louis zoo once when I was there and we had a great time! I would love to go again someday.


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jhamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

Had to stop by and see the pictures. I love to visit the zoo and take my children too. Jamie


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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I love going to the zoo. I am just like a big kid, I guess! Taking pictures at the zoo is one of my favorite things to do. Your pictures are awesome! I try to visit the zoo in what ever city I travel to. Perhaps one day I will make to St. Louis and visit the zoo there. It looks like a great place and I would love to see the penguin parade! Voted up and more! :)


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I don't live too far from the Zoo so I have been a regular visitor there since I was a little kid. I skipped school to go to the Zoo once in H.S. When I got busted I asked for lieniency since I actually did so something educational:) haha

I can't hardly get my kids to go with me anymore - they think it's boring!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Jamie - good to see ya! I absolutely love the Zoo and I don't care how old I get, when the kids won't go with me, I'll go by myself! Thanks for stopping in!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Sgbrown - thank you so much! I love when all the animals come out and allow me to photograph them. This visit in particular - seemed like every single animal was out all day. You should really not miss the St. Louis Zoo if you get out this way - it's just a great fun day!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Oh Kelly...This may be the hub of yours, so far, I love the most! I know the "St Louis Zoo" is quite literally famous for being a huge and spectacular Zoo......but also, I really enjoy visiting zoos.

I'm amazed that it is FREE to get in to your Zoo. That is the way it should be....so that ALL people have the opportunity to experience the beauty, education and fun. There are numerous ways for a Zoo to make their money, once inside the zoo.

The pictures you shared are fabulous, Kelly....nice, clear, close-ups, of nature at it's best. Is that a Hyena, I see? The apes are the best.

Really GREAT hub, Kelly! Thanks....UP++++ shared.


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Kelly, this zoo is a must visit when I go to St Louis and I will surely bear it in mind! Thanks for sharing and I will be passing this on with many votes.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Great pics! We love to go to the zoo and I love that they have a children's zoo. Kids love that kind of interaction. Thanks for the tour.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Because of your sublime description of the Zoo, one day, I promise, I shall visit. And your photos, Kelly, are sublime also - very professional. I am particularly fond of your photo of the monkeys. Excellent!

Wait a minute, in the middle of the picture - no, it can't be - he looks just like my Uncle Louie. :)


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I love the zoo. Great pics Kelly! And free is cool! Our Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is free on Mondays to local residents. And I think our parking is always free. I would love to travel around checking out the different zoos in the country. That would be awesome.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Paula! And thank you so much! I've been practicing my photography skills:) lol

Yeah can you believe our zoo is free? It's just great and anyone can go - our schools frequently feature field trips there because no child gets left behind:). Last time our kids class went, I got sucked into going and having a group. IT WAS A BLAST! Lol


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks so much Michelle! I so appreciate it!


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks Glimmer Twin! I don't think I ever grew out of getting all excited when the animals show themselves and play. I so wish they could talk! Lol


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks Drbj! I was quite pleased with how many pix I got in just one day! Usually, I get a couple, but this particular trip...all the animals were so fun.

I do love that Monkey pic...they look like they're just chewing the cud don't they? Lol


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sharyn! Thank you! I have gone to as many zoos as I can when I travel. The Memphis Zoo is really impressive. They have lots of animals we don't have and it's huge. It costs about 7 bucks or it did when I went. It was worth it though...very cool.


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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC

Fantastic photos! And I didn't know that people who reside in St. Louis are "St. Louisans" haha. Beside the point, I know. ;)

One of these days on our way to Colorado, we're just going to have to spend a day in STL. I did once in college - one of my good friends from college lives in Creve Cour (sp?) and we went to the arch and the zoo. But it would be fun to hang out for a day and hit some of these attractions you so beautifully illustrate in your hubs and blog. :)


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Patty Inglish, MS 2 years ago from North America

This is one of my favorite zoos in our country. One week I visited both Brookfield Zoo (Chicago) and the St. Louis Zoo and I like the SLZ better.

Rated Up and more!


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Sorry for the delay in tanking you but better late than never, Cyndi! Thank you!!


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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you so much Patty!! Sorry for the delay in my response, I'm just getting back to things:)

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