Trip Ideas: Critter Crawl-St. Louis
Explore St. Louis' wild side - it's wildLIFE side, that is: everything from native birds to exotic cats to the family pet!
Day One
More than 10,000 outrageous sea creatures and fun river critters await you at the World Aquarium; you'll also find unique land animals such as sloths, alligators, two-headed snakes and two-headed turtles. Feed stingrays, pet a shark, get a fish manicure, slide through the shark tank or chat with the macaws. The aquarium is located inside City Museum, so admission is $8 plus regular City Museum admission. Note: Hours vary fall and winter; please call or visit the website for details.
701 North 15th St., 2nd Floor, St. Louis MO 63103, 314-647-9594
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Take a 5 mile drive west to indulge in Italian and Greek specialties in a family atmosphere. Their house-made toasted ravioli was featured on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and was voted best in St. Louis is 2012. Their extensive menu also includes fresh fish, lamb, beef, chicken, other house-made pasta, sandwiches, plus one-of-a-kind hand-tossed pizza.
2225 Macklind Ave., St. Louis MO 63110, 314-773-4455
Hours: Mon.-Wed., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thu.-Sat., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Just 16 miles west, enjoy Missouri's native flora and fauna at Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center. Experience wildlife up close through a wildlife viewing window; living bee-hive; 3,000-gallon aquarium and exhibits. Learn about nature through interactive exhibits or walk off your lunch on one of the paved trails. Admission to the nature center is free.
11715 Cragwold Road, Kirkwood MO 63122, 314-301-1500
Hours: Nature Center hours: Tues.-Sat., 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (gift shop closes at 4:30 p.m.); Trails close at 8 p.m. during daylight saving timjavascript:void(0);e or 6 p.m. the rest of the year.
Then drive north less than 15 minutes and spend a little of your Critter Crawl with man's best friend. The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is home to one of the largest collections of dog art in the country. Permanent exhibits include paintings, drawings and sculptures by well known 19th- and 20th-century artists and an All-Star Dogs Hall of Fame.
1721 S. Mason Road, St. Louis MO 63131, 314-821-3647
Hours: Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
A wild adventure deserves just the right finish every night, so your evening will wrap up 13 miles east, at an English Royal Country House. The Cheshire Hotel has been a St. Louis icon since 1964 and has been completely restored. The 108-room European-style boutique hotel is adorned with rare art works and special appointments in all the rooms, including stained-glass windows and canopy beds. Complimentary Euro-continental breakfast, featuring coffee, juice, pastries and hot breakfast selections; plus complimentary British tea service add a civilized touch to your wild St. Louis adventure.
6300 Clayton Road, St. Louis MO 63105, 314-647-7300
Hours: Front desk: 24 hours.
Day Two

A St. Louis landmark located in The Loop district, along the St. Louis Walk of Fame. A restaurant and music club filled with pop culture memorabilia, including items depicting Chuck Berry, the Simpsons, the Beatles and Star Wars, as well as jukeboxes, lunch boxes, toys, darts, pinball, video games and a photo booth.

Live music several nights a week featuring touring groups as well as St. Louis bands, including rock & roll legend Chuck Berry.

Private party rooms are available. Although pets are not allowed inside, our patio seating is dog-friendly.

Nine miles from Busch Stadium. One minute from the fabulous Moonrise Hotel.

6504 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis MO 63130, 314-727-4444
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 11 a.m.-1 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
When it comes to critters, you can’t beat the St. Louis Zoo: home to more than 18,000 exotic animals; many are rare and endangered. You're in for a full day of fun and adventure, less than a mile from your hotel! For the first time anywhere in North America, you can walk through an underwater tunnel into sea lion habitat to see the animals swimming all around you. The Penguin and Puffin Coast exhibit also offers an underwater view of these oceanic birds. General admission is free. There are fees for some special attractions.
1 Government Drive, St. Louis MO 63110, 314-781-0900
Hours: Daily: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Memorial Day-Labor Day: Mon.-Thu., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Day Three
The whole family will enjoy exploring Grant's Farm, operated by Anheuser-Busch, Inc. It's less than 20 minutes south of your hotel. As home to more than 900 animals representing more than 100 species from six continents, it's a living symbol of the Busch family's love for animals and Anheuser-Busch's commitment to wildlife conservation and preservation. Admission to Grant's Farm is free. Hours vary seasonally; see website for details and schedules.
10501 Gravois Road, St. Louis MO 63123, 314-843-1700
Hours: Summer hours: Tue.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Drive just over 20 minutes east and explore the World Bird Sanctuary. Take a self-guided tour of displays of live eagles, owls, hawks, vultures, parrots, falcons, reptiles and mammals. On weekends, check out the "Keeper Talks" and "Amazing Animal Encounters" programs.
125 Bald Eagle Ridge Road, Valley Park MO 63088, 636-225-4390
Hours: Daily: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Then drive 13 minutes south for your final stop on your St. Louis Critter Crawl. For many people, nothing says "wild" like a wolf. This internationally recognized captive breeding facility raises endangered wolves and releases them back into the wild. Family packs of highly endangered North American wolves and foxes, African wild dogs, and South American maned wolves are housed in natural habitats. Daytime and evening educational tours and programs are offered. But check the website for special events, too. It's worth planning your whole trip around the opportunity to experience one of their wolf howls. Reservations required.
6750 Tyson Valley Road, Eureka MO 63025, 636-938-5900
Hours: Hours vary by activity.