Our STL Zoo is awesome. It is free and always tons of fun. I went with my brother and the lil bit on a more cloudy midweek day and hot dog did we have some fun. The crowds were non-existed so we could go see everything and then stay and play with certain animals till our little hearts were content. Favorite part- Seal LIONS. I love how they will follow your hand and do 'tricks'. We played in the tunnel with them for over 15 minutes. Worst- the giraffe exhibit was getting an update and we couldn't see my OTHER favorite animal.
The manfriend work bff, was talking about coming down to see the zoo and make a day of it one weekend. My entire thought process, weekends at the zoo, on a nice day?!?!?!!! That sounds utterly miserable. I am used to stopping in, whenever. If I am making a day of it, coming early for the children's petting zoo for free too, AND midweek when it is not insane. If a cloudy day is available, even better!