|Saint Louis ZOO
in Forest Park
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Thousands of Lights Create Whimsical Winter Scenes at Saint Louis Zoo
Five hundred thousand lights will make young children's eyes pop as families wander through the Saint Louis Zoo's dazzling winter wildland, enjoying colorful lights and seasonal sounds at U.S. Bank Wild Lights. Photo courtesy Ryan Archer, Saint Louis Zoo
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), November 17, 2013 - Five hundred thousand lights will make your eyes pop as you wander through the Saint Louis Zoo's dazzling winter wildland, enjoying colorful lights and seasonal sounds at U.S. Bank Wild Lights.
The exhibit is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Nov. 29-Dec. 15, and nightly Dec. 20-23 and 26-30, 2013, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Closed on Dec. 24 and 25.)
You'll be enchanted by whimsical light displays, including a snowfall flurry walk, the beautiful swan lake, poppin' prairie dogs, an Arctic wonderland, an illuminated penguin colony, a fantasy butterfly garden and a charming gingerbread village, flamboyant flamingos, numerous trees ablaze in lights and much more.
Go nose-to-whiskers with the sea lions as you take a rare, nighttime walk through the Sea Lion Sound tunnel. Warm up in the tropics of the Monsanto Insectarium and the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium, where you'll see colorful insects, reptiles and amphibians from around the world.
Gather 'round the fire to fluff your fur, warm your paws and perk up your listening ears as you hear captivating animal stories by theatrical interpreters.
Climb aboard your favorite animal on the Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel ($3). At the 4D motion simulator ($4), slide along with "Yogi Bear: the Wild Ride" through Dec. 5. Starting Dec. 6, "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs" will be featured.
Take a detour to Lakeside Cafe for dinner, snacks and hot chocolate. While listening to holiday music, kids can make holiday crafts to take home. On select nights, hear live performances by
Shop for a variety of unique gift ideas at Zoo gift shops and receive a 10 percent discount on any purchase; Zoo members receive a 20 percent discount.
Admission to Wild Lights is $5 per person; $4 for Zoo members (no passes). Children under 2 are free. Reservations are not required. Advance tickets may be purchased online at www.stlzoo.org/wildlights or by calling (314) 646-4771.
Groups of 15 or more may receive a group rate of $4 per person by calling in advance. To order group tickets, call (314) 646-4718 or email FSgroupsales@stlzoo.org.
The Saint Louis ZOO is home to more than 3,000 animals and features Jungle of the Apes and Big Cat Country. Additional attractions include the Emerson Electric Children's Zoo, The Living World educational center, River's Edge, "Penguin & Puffin Coast," Monsanto Insectarium, Mary Ann Lee Conservation Carousel, sea lion shows and bird house.
Accent your office, restaurant, hotel or home with exciting images of St. Louis. For a fine art print of the 1904 World's Fair Bird Cage, see stlouisphotos.com
The World's Fair Flight Cage at the Zoo and the Saint Louis Art Museum, located north east of the Zoo, are the two structures remaining in Forest Park that were built for the 1904 World's Fair. Photos highlighting the 1904 World's Fair can be seen at the Missouri Historical Society, located in the Jefferson Memorial Building in Forest Park.
The Zoo is open year round, except December 25 and January 1. Summer hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
Non-summer hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. General admission to the Zoo is FREE. Parking on the Zoo's two lots is $11 per day. Parking for buses, motor homes and R.V.s is $22 and is available on the South Lot only. Some events and special programs may have an admission cost.
Note: Coolers and picnic baskets are permitted on the Zoo grounds. There are picnic tables located in central areas at the Zoo. All major facilities are wheelchair accessible, as are most restrooms. Wheelchairs and strollers are available to rent at The Living World and South Gate. Wheelchairs: $7 per day; motorized vehicles (limited number) available to those 18 years or older with a major credit card: $25 per day; single strollers are $7 per day; double strollers are $9 per day. For more information, please call 314-781-0900, 1-800-966-8877 or TDD: 314-768-5421.
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