Playful rides. Winding paths. Countless animals. The first question you will ask as you enter the Saint Louis Zoo is; Where do we start?
If you want to make the most of the huge and impressive zoo, you will need to have a plan.
With all zoos, we like to start by looking at the map. This is one of those zoos where you probably won't see it all in one day. The paths meander in a lovely, but vast way that makes hopping quickly from one area to another impossible.
Start with what you most want to see.
As adults we tend to leave the best part for last. If we love giraffes we leave them for the end of the day like the ice cream we savour after a three course meal. Don't wait to savour your giraffe ice cream. Have that ice cream for dinner.
Okay, that was a weird metaphor.
The point is this. Don't wait.
Start with your favorite animals so that when you are carrying one kid and pushing the other one sobbing in the stroller you can leave and not feel let down.
For our kids, the carousel was a great place to start. It is free for the first hour of admission so if you get there right when it opens you get a free spin on a mostly empty carousel.
From there we headed to the polar bears. These huge bears are one of my daughter's favorite animals so they were a must on our list. This friendly guy did not disappoint. My kids were fascinated watching the curious and busy bear swim back and forth in front of the glass. They were quite certain it was playing with them.
If you're visiting with kids, I highly recommend stopping at the kids area.
There is an inside area where you can pet animals, watch zoo workers preparing food for the animals, and play in various areas. Pretending to be a vet was their favorite part.
They also loved the outside area where you can pretend to work on a farm and scale a rock to go down a couple of slides.
Most of all, start with what you most want to see so you can take your time.
Enjoy all the beautiful animals and pleasant trails. For a FREE* zoo this is a completely amazing stop for anyone. We were incredibly glad we took the time to stop and explore the Saint Louis Zoo.
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