Once again, the Zagat Survey has ranked the Saint Louis Zoo as America’s number one zoo! The zoo also ranked among America’s top family attractions, including Disney’s Magic Kingdom and Monterey Bay Aquarium.
If you’ve never been, a trip to the Saint Louis Zoo is well worth your effort. It’s located in the city’s historic Forest Park (home of the 1904 World’s Fair), and features a Children’s Zoo, the Zooline Railroad, a Conservation Carousel with 64 hand-carved wooden animals, sea lion show, penguin and puffin exhibit, and Insectarium.
And, earlier this month, St. Louis welcomed its newest family member: Maliha, a 341-pound baby elephant. She’s the daughter of Raja, who was the first elephant born in the Saint Louis Zoo.
Did I mention that admission is free?
While I’m on the subject, you’ll have a difficult time finding anywhere more fun or affordable than St. Louis for a family vacation. Forest Park alone is worth the trip. Apart from its zoo, the park also has a science center, history museum, and a fabulous art musuem. All free.
If you don’t mind spending a little money, there’s the Magic House Children’s Musuem, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and—my favorite—the misnamed and not-to-be-missed-for-any-reason-whatsoever City Musuem.
This is a great place to visit, but an even better place to raise a son.