Looking for cheap summer fun in St. Louis?The St. Louis Zoo always has free admission and is
now open longer for the summer. That’s great news—you now have time to visit with the kids after work on Friday, or just drop by later during the weekend to miss the heat of the day.
The zoo will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends—Friday, Saturday and Sundays. During the weekdays the zoo will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The “free hour” will now be 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. During this time the Children’s Zoo, Conservation Carousel and Stingrays at Caribbean Cove featuring Sharks will be open without charge. After 9 a.m. the Children’s Zoo is $4 per person, the carousel is $3 to ride, and the Stingrays are $3 to visit.
Finding free street parking will be easier if you plan to visit the zoo early in the morning. Otherwise, plan on paying $15 to park in a zoo lot. (Yes, parking went up again this April.)
The Forest Park Trolley (which is really a Metro bus) connects all the park’s attractions and stops one block from the Zoo’s north entrance. Pick up the trolley at the Forest Park visitor center or the upper Muny lot. The trolley charges $2 for adults and $1 for kids 5 to 12 and $1 for seniors or disabled passengers. Kids under 4 are free. This ticket gives you UNLIMITED rides for one day, limited to Forest Park. You can buy your tickets on the bus.
If you plan to visit the zoo a lot—at least six visits a year—consider becoming a member. For a $65 “Zoo Goer” membership you get six parking passes and 36 tickets you can use for the Children’s Zoo, train and sea lion show. For $80 a “Family” membership gives you six parking passes and 48 tickets that can be use for the Children’s Zoo, train, sea lion show PLUS the carousel and stingrays.
Though $60 or $80 may seem like a lot to visit a “free” zoo, consider that parking at the zoo lot six times will now cost $90.
If you don’t have a zoo membership currently, you’ll want to buy your membership in advance (on line or over the phone). Otherwise you’ll miss out on your free parking passes.
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