Below you'll find answers to some commonly asked questions about the St. Louis Aquarium. If you have a specific question or comment, feel free to call us at (314) 923-3900.
We are following best practices established by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Our first priority is always to source our animals from other Zoos and Aquariums, from rescue facilities, and from organizations that follow sustainable sourcing practices.
We look forward to welcoming you in late 2019. Stay up to date on our progress by signing up for our email newsletter.
Our projected daily hours of operation will be 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Hours during holidays and special events will vary.
In order to fully experience and enjoy each of our galleries, animal interactions and daily events we recommend allowing at least 1-3 hours for your visit to the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station. During your visit, you can also enjoy the many amenities available at Union Station, including shopping and dining, The St. Louis Wheel, a miniature golf course, ropes course, and much more.
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The Aquarium will feature a diverse array of awe-inspiring wildlife, including colorful species of fish from around the world, birds, and even mammals with interesting stories.
Animals are coming to the aquarium from other accredited institutions and sources that are sustainable and meet governmental standards. Once populations are established, the Aquarium will contribute back to the zoological community and collaborative breeding programs to help sustain wildlife populations. Feel free to explore our exhibits, attractions, and viewing galleries prior to your visit.
Although general admission is not free, tickets to the St. Louis Aquarium are affordably priced. Further discounts are available to guests who purchase annual passes, group tickets, and combo packages. Please review and purchase aquarium tickets here.
However, in partnering with the nonprofit St. Louis Aquarium Foundation, we’re able to provide free admission to underserved students and communities. The generosity of donors makes this possible, so please considering making a small donation or signing up to become a volunteer. Read more about the Foundation’s Core Initiatives and your opportunities to fight the good fight.
General admission tickets allow access to the aquarium and programs within our exhibits and galleries. Tickets to The St. Louis Wheel, ropes course, miniature golf course, and mirror maze can be purchased separately. Guests can also purchase Combo Passes to multiple venues at a discounted price.
Union Station has many hotels that are within walking distance of our aquarium. In fact, the St. Louis Union Station Hotel has built out special rooms overlooking the aquarium. We’re the only U.S. aquarium with this level of accommodation.
We suggest looking at our selection of recommended hotels if you’re just beginning your search, as well as some nearby dining options.
Two large parking locations are available for guests: West Parking Lot and South Parking Lot (between 20th St. and 18th St.). A $5 parking discount is available when you purchase a ticket online or from the ticketing window. View our Hours, Directions and Parking page for more details and driving directions.
No, St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is operating separately from the city’s World Aquarium, which has now ceased its operations. On behalf of every St. Louis resident and tourist, we salute and thank the World Aquarium for its work in the community. Now we’re proud to take the baton.
Absolutely! The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station is currently accepting bookings for all social events, including children’s birthday parties, corporate galas, weddings, trade shows, conferences, and more. We also offer guided group tours.
Please submit your information to receive a quote for venue rental space, and be on the lookout for special activities that we’ll be hosting.
While guests are permitted to bring strollers, backpacks, and cameras into the facility, we encourage guests to leave large items behind or store them at our dedicated kiosk. The St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station will reserve the right to search all property for the purpose of determining compliance with our policies.
Trained service animals will always be permitted inside the Aquarium, however for the health and safety of our animal collection, service animals will not be permitted into back of house areas. No other animals will be allowed.
For the safety and wellbeing of our animals, we do not permit outside food and beverages in the Aquarium. For the convenience of our guests, we offer multiple dining locations within the facility. To learn more about dining options at the Aquarium, visit the Dining page.
Thank you for your interest in working with us at St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station! We are looking for talented professionals like you. Starting in 2019, we will be recruiting staff with various levels of experience and backgrounds in animal care and health, education, facilities maintenance, guest experience, sales and marketing, retail, finance and many more areas for this amazing project. Should you wish to be considered for employment, please visit our careers page.