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Best Free Sites in St. Louis

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Bayer Insectarium

The Monsanto Insectarium is one of the creepier attractions at the famed St. Louis Zoo. Decked by a giant scorpion at the entrance, the creepiness just increases from there. However, many children and parents alike are marveled by the lives of all the magnificent insects in the world. Characteristic of St. Louis Zoo, the focus of this attraction is education. You can read and learn about your favorite insects, but be sure to keep your eyes open, since anything may be crawling around the corner. - Cathryn D. Blue

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Sidney S. Cohen Elephant Fountain

The Sidney S. Cohen Elephant Fountain is a majestic representation of the elephant located near the bears in St. Louis Zoo. For the animal lover in you, the zoo features a plethora of live animals, but also a large collection of sculptural representation of animals by artists from all over the world. The elephant stands proudly as the water pours and spouts all around him. Besides being beautiful to behold by the eyes, this fountain serves as a form of relief during hot days. It is frowned upon to play in the fountain, but any accessible water can really make a trip to the zoo a little more pleasurable on a hot day. - Cathryn D. Blue

St. Louis, MO, United States
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The Living World,

The Living World attraction is the welcoming area at the North Entrance of the famous St. Louis Zoo. Regardless of the entrance one takes, The Living World is a must visit area of the zoo as it features all the information one needs to understand what the zoo holds. Moreover, there is historical information about Missouri and the ecosystem, as well as current explanations of the natural phenomena that one can behold in real time. This futuristically designed building hosts lectures and classes, as well as occasional events. Stop by the visitor's desk to find out everything The Living World has to offer. - Cathryn D. Blue

St. Louis, MO, United States
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The Wetterau Pavilion

The Wetterau Pavilion at St. Louis Zoo houses the Living World, the North Gift Shop, and a plethora of information at the north entrance of the park. The pavilion consists of a lecture hall, the information center, and an excited staff who really enjoys teaching visitors about what the zoo has to offer. In conjunction with resources for education and enjoyment, this is also where the best bathrooms and water fountains are. Visitors certainly want to keep this location in their sights.

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Penguin & Puffin Coast (St. Louis Zoo)

The Penguin and Puffin Coast of the St. Louis Zoo is a recent addition to this wonderful park. It consists of the Dennis & Judy Jones Family Humboldt Haven (featuring the Humboldt penguins), the Lichtenstein Penguin Cove, and the Taylor Family Puffin Bay. There's much more to arctic bird life than people are generally aware of and this exhibit portrays it all. The various species of penguin and puffin living here swim and splash around to the delight of their human fans. Be prepared for the cold, however. The aquarium-like home is kept at a constant temperature of 45-50 degrees to simulate an arctic atmosphere. This can be a shock to the system, especially during the warmer months. - Cathryn D. Blue

St. Louis, MO, United States
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The Wild,

Grab a visitors map at the entrance to the St. Louis Zoo and you will locate The Wild. At this wild place, visitors will find such attractions as Fragile Forest, Bear Bluffs, the Penguin and Puffin Coast, and the Conservation Carousel. To thoroughly examine all of the attractions within The Wild, you will need at least a couple hours. However, many try to "do the zoo" in one day, so it becomes important to consult the zoo map regularly, pack a snack, and bring a camera to catch highlights. Either way, it's a wild ride. - Cathryn D. Blue

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Cypress Swamp

Visible from highway 64/40, Cypress Swamp is a favorite attraction at the famous St. Louis Zoo. The swamp is encapsulated by a giant, rounded steel cage that visitors can walk through. As they wander on the wooden path, zoo enthusiasts can marvel at the various species of birds and tropical animal life that live in the exhibit together. Furthermore, since the visitors are technically inside the cage, there is always an opportunity that a hawk or dove may fly right past their heads. The sophisticated filtering technology allows for the water to be filtered and recycled, while maintaining the still surface water characteristic of a swamp.

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Antelope Yards

An antelope is an herbivorous, even-toed animal that is neither cattle, buffalo, sheep, bison, nor goat. In other words, who knows what they are? However, visitors to the St. Louis Zoo can find a herd of antelope at the Antelope House. Located in the Red Rocks area of the zoo, the Antelope House features those animals that are not often spoken of in children's stories. Many forget how impeccably tall giraffes are until they've seen them close up. Feeding hour, which occurs at about 3p each day, is always the most interesting time to see these amazing creatures in joyous form. - Cathryn D. Blue

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Red Rocks

The irony of Red Rocks is that Big Cat Country sits adjacent to the Antelope Yard. In other words, predator and prey are a stone's throw away from each other, which makes things quite authentic! Visitors can spend an entire day exploring the beautiful wild cats and even toed herbivores in these simulated plains. Big Cat Country are below the walkway and separated from visitors by cages to ensure that no accidents happen.

St. Louis, MO, United States
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Big Cat Country

Big Cat Country located in the Red Rocks area of the immaculate St. Louis Zoo is one of the most visited exhibits in the entire park. Every kind of cat is represented, from the leopard to the lion; albino tigers to panthers. These animals live only with their species and their large roaming grounds extend in dimension and depth below the walkway where visitors can marvel from hundreds of feet above them. Read about each big cat's genus and species on the labels outside the cages. There is so much to learn from these beautiful creatures and visitors are always amazed. - Cathryn D. Blue

St. Louis, MO, United States
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