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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.
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.
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.
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!
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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18,000 animals from 700 species on 90 acres, including an Insectarium, Children's Zoo, Penguin & Puffin Coast and a Zooline Railroad. Site has general information, animal photos, ...