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Family Vacations in Missouri

Family Vacations in Missouri: St. Louis Zoo
Photo courtesy of Penguins frolic in their indoor habitat, the Penguin and Puffin Coast. One of the main goals of the zoo is to recreate animals' habitats as closely as possible.

While the St. Louis Zoo takes its commitment to worldwide animal conservation issues seriously, visiting the zoo is all about fun. In the children's zoo, kids can pretend they're animals. They can slide through a transparent acrylic tube that takes them to an observation area in the middle of the otter pool. They'll enjoy navigating the strands of a giant spiderweb, digging in the sand like an aardvark, and measuring their height against that of a grizzly bear.

The zoo is filled with excellent exhibits that will take you right into the middle of the animals' habitats. You're hit with a blast of cold air as you enter the indoor penguin habitat in The Penguin and Puffin Coast. Here you can watch penguins swim underwater and waddle around on shore in a remarkably natural-looking habitat with high coastal cliffs. In the ten-acre River's Edge exhibit, a river path that meanders through four continents -- Africa, Asia, South America, and North America -- features an underwater hippo tanks. You'll also see cheetahs, giant anteaters, elephants, and many creatures who live near the rivers and riverbanks.

St. Louis Zoo Information

Address: One Government Dr., St. Louis, MO

Phone: 314/781-0900 800/966-8877

Hours of Operation: Sept. - May, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., daily May - Sept., 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Admission: $4 adults and kids

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To learn more about family vacation destinations, see:

  • Family Vacations: Learn about hundreds of family vacations in destinations all over North America.
  • Missouri State Guide: Learn about Mobil Travel Guide-rated hotels and restaurants in Missouri, as well as other recreational activities.
  • Scenic Drives: For those who think that getting there is half the fun, we have compiled more than 100 of the most scenic drives throughout the country.