We always love a visit to the St. Louis Zoo! Since we are about 2 hours outside of St. Louis, we are frequent zoo visitors. There is only one other zoo that’s closer, but it isn’t as big. We like that with the kids, we can make the zoo a full day event!
The most important animal for us to see is always the Penguins! All 3 boys (husband included in this) love to see the Penguins, and I have to admit that although they are a tad stinky, I love them too!
Right next to the Penguins is the polar bear named, Kali! She’s very fun to watch. Sometimes she’ll play in her ice or water. She is a beauty!
Also near the penguin and polar bears, located in ‘The Wild’ is the Grizzly Bear exhibit called Grizzly Ridge. Huck & Finley are the residents here.
Another thing we love about the St. Louis Zoo is that the zoo is always very clean and the animals always look healthy. You can tell they are well-cared for. You often can see the caretakers in the exhibits when visiting also.
We don’t always visit every exhibit with the kids in town, so we always have something new to check out with them. This time, we took them into the Insectarium where there is a butterfly geodome area.
If you are a fellow butterfly lover, you may also love to visit the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, a suburb of St. Louis.
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The kiddos wanted to pet the stingrays at Carribean Cove, so we did that too. Here’s my son Cam petting a stingray! I remember when this exhibit first opened and the lines were giants. People went bonkers, but now it’s pretty easy to get in (except of course on SUPER busy days).
My son, Cam, loves cats and so the big cats are always a favorite of his! The Snow Leopard is normally kind of hard to see, but we actually got to see it up and not napping this time!! Cam loved it!
My step-son’s favorite animal is the elephants so we had to swing by their exhibit. It’s normally pretty easy to see them since there are about three different places to see them from. They have a huge exhibit at the St. Louis Zoo, deservedly so, and they take advantage of it!
My personal favorites are the giraffes!
They were snacking on some grass when we swung by their place. They were as beautiful as ever!!