St Louis Zoo

St Louis

Divided into themed zones, this vast park includes a fascinating River's Edge area with African critters. Don't leave without saying hello to the zoo's superstar: Kali the polar bear. Note that some exhibits such as the Sea Lion Show have admission charges averaging $4 per person.

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1. St Louis Art Museum

0.24 MILES

This grand beaux-arts palace (with a striking modern wing) was originally built for the World's Fair. Now housing this storied institution, its collection…

2. Forest Park

0.63 MILES

New York City may have Central Park, but St Louis has the bigger (by 528 acres) Forest Park. The superb, 1371-acre spread was the setting of the 1904…

3. Missouri History Museum

0.77 MILES

Presents the story of St Louis, starring such worthies as the World's Fair; a replica of Charles Lindbergh's plane, Spirit of St Louis; and a host of…

4. St Louis Science Center

1.35 MILES

The interactive exhibits at this three-story museum are geared toward kids (and the young at heart). Expect live demonstrations, dinosaurs, a planetarium…

5. Missouri Botanical Garden

2.39 MILES

Dating to 1859, these gardens hold a 14-acre Japanese garden, a carnivorous plant bog, a Victorian-style hedge maze and the oldest continuously operating…

6. Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

3.21 MILES

A Grand Center landmark, this pint-sized institution has programs and rotating exhibits across disciplines, including architecture.

7. Anheuser-Busch Brewery

5.01 MILES

One of the world's largest beer plants, the historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery gives marketing-driven tours. View the bottling plant and Clydesdale horses…

8. City Museum

5.03 MILES

Possibly the wildest highlight of any visit to St Louis is this frivolous, frilly fun house in a vast old shoe factory. The Museum of Mirth, Mystery &…