Animal Encounters

This page lists places in the St. Louis, Missouri area where kids can interact with or observe animals including: pets, farm animals, zoo animals and animals in the wild.
Kids St. Louis: Animal Encounters - Fun 4 STL Kids
Big Joel's Safari Petting Zoo & Educational Park

Big Joel's Safari Petting Zoo and Educational Park is the "zoo made for you" and is the premier animal-based attraction in the area. Big Joel's is a f ...

13187 State Hwy M, Wright City, MO, 63390
Critter Lane Petting Zoo

We have over 300 exotic animals on display! We are located in Valles Mines, MO. Come see us; our Critters are waiting for you.

9100 Critter Lane, Valles Mines, MO, 63087
Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary

Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary is a 501(c)3 non profit big cat rescue facility, licensed by USDA. We provide permanent lifelong care for abused, neglecte ...

19620 Crown Ridge Road, Sainte Genevieve, MO, 63670
Endangered Wolf Center

The Endangered Wolf Center has existed for more than 40 years, yet even in its hometown of St. Louis, it is a best-kept secret. Learn more about the C ...

Area: West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
6750 Tyson Valley Road, Eureka, MO, 63025
Grant’s Farm

Home to History, Wildlife and an Adventure for the Whole Family. Grant’s Farm celebrates America’s past with a commitment to the future. Honoring b ...

Free: Yes
Area: South County (Crestwood/Oakville/Mehlville)
10501 Gravois Road, St. Louis, MO, 63123
Lone Elk Park

Lone Elk Park is a wildlife management area, with bison, wild turkey, waterfowl, elk and deer. Motorcycles are prohibited. Domestic animals are no ...

Free: Yes
Area: West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
1 Lone Elk Park Rd, Valley Park, MO, 63088
Mauhaus Cat Cafe

WHAT IS A CAT CAFE? It’s simple. A cat cafe is a combination of all things good; cats, coffee, and a relaxing cafe environment. You can relax and p ...

Area: Mid County (Clayton/Kirkwood/Creve Coeur)
3101 Sutton Blvd, Maplewood, MO, 63143
Restrooms: Yes
Purina Farms

Admission to the Visitor Center is always free. Parking is free on most days, but there is sometimes a parking fee during special events! At the Vi ...

Free: Yes
200 Checkerboard Drive, Gray Summit, MO, 63039
Saint Louis Zoo

Enjoying an adventure every time you visit. Knowing a discovery will be made around each corner. You’re at the Saint Louis Zoo, a get-away destination ...

Free: Yes
Area: St. Louis City
One Government Drive, St. Louis, MO, 63110
Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House

More than a thousand live tropical butterflies fly freely in the glass conservatory at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House. Watch a butterfly emerge f ...

Area: West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
15193 Olive Blvd, Chesterfield, MO, 63017
St Louis Aquarium at Union Station- Coming Fall 2019

The 120,000 square-foot St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will be located in the former mall area within St. Louis Union Station. The $187 millio ...

Area: St. Louis City
201 S. 18th St., St Louis, MO
Suson Park Farm

Country living is just around the corner at the Suson Park animal farm display. Most breeds of farm animals are represented for urban dwellers to see ...

Free: Yes
Area: South County (Crestwood/Oakville/Mehlville)
6073 Wells Road, St Louis, MO, 63128
Wildlife Rescue Center

In 2002, the Wildlife Rescue Center expanded its educational programming, which now reaches thousands of children and adults annually. On-site present ...

Area: West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
1128 New Ballwin Road, Ballwin, MO, 63021
Wonderlland- by reservation only

230 acres of pastures, food plots, woods and trails. Gorgeous lookout points where you can see for miles. A lake jumpin’ with big fish, and swans a ...

Area: West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
World Aquarium

The World Aquarium has been providing educational programs and services to the St. Louis community addressing needs identified from a regional educati ...

Area: St. Louis City
810 Lumiere Place Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63103
World Bird Sanctuary

The World Bird Sanctuary rests peacefully on 305 acres of Missouri hardwood forest, next door to Lone Elk County Park and Chubb Trail. Our mission i ...

Free: Yes
Area: West County (Chesterfield/Ballwin/Fenton)
125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park, MO, 63088