10 Free Family Activities in St. Louis

4 years ago
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One of the things I love about living in St. Louis is the abundance of FREE Family activities!  In many cities, attractions like zoos, museums, and other fun venues cost money, but not in St. Louis!  Check out my list of Free Family Activities in St. Louis Missouri:

1) The Zoo – founded in 1910, the St. Louis Zoo is a wonderful free family activity in St. Louis!  You can literally spend all day there – even with kids – and have plenty of activities!  It is located in Forest Park, which is also home to Turtle Park.  There is, of course the main outdoor zoo, as well as a children’s zoo.  There is normally a fee for entry to the children’s zoo, but if you arrive during the first hour, admission is free!  Also in the park is a Sting Ray Petting pool which normally charges for admission, but is free during the first hour of the day as well! One hidden cost can be parking, but there are several ways to get around paying.  One option would be parking along the streets in forest park, but if the weather is nice, those spots fill up quickly.  We have found that the best option is parking across the interstate at Turtle Park and walking across the convenient walking bridge to the zoo entrance.    A favorite for kids is the Railroad that weaves around and in the Zoo, and it costs $5.00 per ticket.  I have yet to find a way around this fee :-(. Food can also be a hidden cost, but is easily avoidable.  While they have food available for purchase inside, we usually bring in food, as there are no restrictions!

2) Turtle Park – Also located in Forest Park, Turtle Park is exactly what it sounds like – a park filed with giant concrete...Read More at Retired by 40!