Critter Lane Petting Zoo, Valles Mines, MO

Critter Lane Petting Zoo

Camels and birds and sloths, Oh My!

It is incredible to think that animal lovers of all ages can take a short, scenic 25-minute ride outside of Festus, MO to feed, pet and ride over 300 live, exotic animals at Critter Lane Petting Zoo.

They just opened for the 2023 season on March 25 and will now be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 AM – 6 PM.

Our family LOVES spending time here. There are a variety of different “stations” for kids, teenagers and adults to explore. Plenty of open space to run around, old-fashioned rides (including live animals), unique animals to hold and feed, and so much more.

While these pictures were taken a couple years ago, our family is looking forward to returning this spring and summer to snuggle with their sweet sloths with their newer “sloth encounter” experience.

On this Saturday, April 8, they will hold their Annual Easter Egg Hunt, with paid admission. They have created a schedule to ensure children of all ages are able to find eggs. The Easter Bunny will also be attending for selfies. SO fun!

I was impressed to learn Critter Lane Petting Zoo is a “Verified Professional Member, in good standing, as set forth by the National Animal Welfare Association.” Anyone who was as obsessed as I was in 2020 with the “Tiger King” Netflix documentary knows how important this is.

Critter Lane Petting Zoo invites individuals and families to enjoy all they have to offer with affordable daily admission (itty-bitty kiddos, ages two and under, are free!) and season passes. They also provide group discounts and birthday party package specials.

This is another non-paid endorsement encouraging you to take adventures, see new creatures and explore the wonder around our Festus-area community.

Learn more about Critter Lane Petting Zoo on their FB page or on their website at:

9100 Critter Lane, Valles Mines, MO 63087


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