If you’re planning on taking the kids to the Zoo or the World Aquarium during spring break, beware! Rates have gone up.
The St. Louis Zoo has been gradually nudging parking rates up every summer, but this year the jump is drastic: from $10 to $15 as of March 1. The parking rate is listed as a seasonal adjustment, so they should go back down in the winter. (I want to say that parking was $12 last summer, but I usually don’t pay attention to the cost while I’m whipping out my zoo card.)
You can still park on the street for free, so you can avoid the high parking cost if you try hard enough. Or you can just shrug it off as the cost of admission–there’s no tickets to by to enter the zoo.
My personal favorite is to get a Zoo-Goer membership for $65, which covers 6 parking passes and 36 rides tickets to the train, Children Zoo and Sea Lion show. If you go a lot through the year, it’s a bargain.
The St. Louis Post-Distpatch is also reporting that admission to the World Aquarium is up to $7.95 starting March 1, from $6. The aquarium is inside the City Museum.
“We have 850 species here and each one of these requires a special diet,” said founder Leonard Sonnenschein. “The high quality food we buy costs thousands and thousands of dollars.” ~ St. Louis Post-Distpatch