Anyone planning a trip to the Missouri city of St. Louis needs to spend time creating an itinerary of events. This is to ensure they get the best out of their trip and don’t miss out of seeing any of the best landmarks. Detailed planning is especially important if you are vacationing with a large group. You don’t want to waste time deciding what you are going to do each day while you are meant to be on vacation. When you plan ahead, your vacation is sure to go much more smoothly and cost a lot less.
Now, one of the main tourist attractions in Saint Louis is the city’s zoo. There are zero admission charges, so you and your family can enjoy an exciting day out without enduring any costs. Current data shows that over three million visitors enter the zoo each year. That is an impressive attendance record for any tourist attraction.
One of the main reasons why the zoo is so popular is because it has a long history. It has been in operation since 1904 and is currently leading the way on the global stage when it comes to animal research, husbandry, education, and wildlife conservation work. The zoo spans a 90-acre site in Forest Park.
The total number of animal housed in the zoo exceeds 18,700. There are over 603 different species and a range of different sub attractions within the venue, including a children’s zoo, various animal exhibits, shopping areas, dining options and other wildlife attractions. You can learn a lot about all the different animals housed at the zoo during your visit and how they interact and survive in the wild.
In the summer, St Louis zoo is open from 8 am till 5 pm Monday to Thursday and 8 am till 7 pm Friday to Sunday. That is 7 days a week of operational hours. In fall, winter and spring, the zoo is open daily from 9 am till 5 pm. However, after the 6th of September each year, the venue begins closes at 4 pm on Thursdays.
Some of the most interesting animals you can see at the zoo include polar bears, emperor penguins, grizzly bears, Somali wild asses, tigers, snow leopards and African lions. If you visit the zoo’s official website, you can find out more about the various exhibits, events, attractions, and animals they host. You can also learn more about volunteer opportunities and even sign up to become a member.