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Historic Hill

Historic Hill is a lovely stroll through one of the oldest parts of the Saint Louis Zoo. From the 1904 World’s Fair Flight Cage to the Spanish architectural flavor of the 1920s in the Bird House, Primate House and Herpetarium to the finishing touches of our thoroughly modern exhibits, this area of the Zoo has a unique ambiance and a nostalgic history that make it a great destination.


  • Bird House and Garden

    Get an unobstructed view of the colorful, resident birds that call this lushly planted and dramatically scenic exhibit home.

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  • Herpetarium

    Four climates await you inside the Mediterranean-style stucco building with a red tile roof which is home to reptiles and amphibians from around the world.

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  • Primate Canopy Trails

    The first-of-its-kind outdoor primate habitat and guest experience includes climbing structures that allow guests to explore the forest canopy right next to the animals.

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  • Primate House

    Guests can watch primates engage in a wide variety of natural behaviors such as grooming, foraging, playing, parenting, and more; separated only by glass from the active primate groups.

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  • The Cypress Swamp

    Experience a world of sunlight and shadows, the silence of a white ibis wading in still water as it fishes or the noise of a great egret defending its territory.

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Dining and Attractions

  • Big Cat Beverages

    Just across the way from East Refreshments in Red Rocks you will find Big Cat Beverages, the perfect place to grab a cold one! Plus, Dippin' Dots and drinks for the kids too. Open seasonally and weather permitting.

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  • East Refreshments

    Located at the top of Historic Hill amid the peace and quiet of Red Rocks, East Refreshments features all of our fan favorites: chicken strips, made-to -order personal pizza, and our very own spicy chicken and waffle sandwich! Open seasonally and weather permitting.

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  • Reptile Redwoods

    Enjoy park favorites, such as cotton candy, popcorn or a Bavarian pretzel at Reptile Redwood, located in front of the historic Herpetarium.

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  • Zooline Railroad

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