Considered one of the country’s best zoos, the free St. Louis Zoo is a huge source of pride to the city. Brought to national attention by former director Marlin Perkins—longtime host of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom—the zoo’s 90-acre grounds in Forest Park are home to 18,000 animals and 700 species. While you’ll never see all the animals in one visit, the wide paths and Zooline Railroad made it easy for the park’s three million visitors each year to hit the highlights in half a day (make it the first half, when it’s cooler and less crowded). Don’t miss the baby Asian elephants or the underwater view at Hippo Harbor in River’s Edge, feeding time at Penguin and Puffin Coast, the historic Bear Bluffs or the 1904 World’s Fair Flight Cage. The $10 Safari pass is a great value for the zoo’s five fee-charging attractions, including the Children’s Zoo and the can’t-miss Conservation Carousel. Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM