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Potter Park Zoo, Lansing

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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  • Great day trip if you're in the area! Reasonably priced with enough left over for the great gift shop! Everyone in our family enjoyed Potter Park. We will be back soon! 
  • Not a huge zoo but it's been around forever and a must stop in scenic Lansing . Not a whole lot else I can say 
  • Grandson loves going to the zoo and visiting the otters. Always a nice time. Though the food could be better. 
  • Had an awesome time at the zoo. The animals were out and active. Very clean and well maintained. Zoo staff was exceptionally helpful and polite. It's great place to go and enjoy the outdoors for a few hours. Pricing is very reasonable and if you have a membership to Detroit zoo then you get a discount here.
  • Im not a huge fan of going to the zoo in general but we won a membership at a raffle and this was our first visit. This is inside of a local park and you have to pay to park, it was $5 for out of county residents, not unreasonable. The zoo was not crowded on a Tuesday but it had rained that morning. Upon arrival the man in the ticket booth warned us that the mosquitoes were bad and they were really horrible. Be sure to take repellant if you go in the summer months. The zoo was nice overall. It's small, about a 4 mile walk to see everything. There are pony rides (2 ponies on this day) but they cost additional to ride them (I think it was $3 but it may have been $5). Also camel rides ($5) and a bungee jump ride that was $7. There is also a tiny train for little kids to ride. It doesn't have a track, just goes in a small oval. There is a snack bar in the middle of the zoo that had options for lunch, ice cream, slushes and other snacks. Most of the animals were lethargic but most of the viewing areas were close so you could see them. We did not see moose or otters, they were hiding. They have 3 eagles, otters, barnyard animals/hands on goat area, red pandas, camels, bongos, tigers. Lions, lemurs, rhinos, moose, and a reptile/bird/amphibian house. There were three or four exhibits being renovated or closed. There is a small gift shop plus another snack bar at the front entrance. Overall it was a nice walk, despite the mosquitoes. I wouldnt buy a membership since it's over an hour drive for us. I think it's a good zoo to take little kids because it's not as overwhelming as the bigger zoos and they basically have everything.
  • One of the worst zoos I have ever been too. I suggest not wasting your time or money. potter park zoo in Lansing is a joke. Don't waste your time or money, we just paid 37 dollars to get treated like crap and for them to close at 330 instead of 6 like it says online. And we got there at 2 not knowing and it was still full price. A lot of animals were not even out for display. When we voiced our issues the woman Skylar was very rude and would not listen to anything were had to say and only argued with us. A waste of time and money. We will never return.
  • Most of the time when I go to Potter Park Zoo I usually walk. The trails leading to the zoo is absolutely beautiful.. I try to go at least 2-4 times a year.. It's always so lovely.. You can tell the animals are taken care of and loved.. It's a wonderful place to visit.. And not just in the summer but all year round
  • Not worth the money. Zoo opened at 9:00, but most exhibits didn't open till 10:00. The cages and enclosures are too small for the animals. We left after 1 hour feeling disappointed and sad for the animals. I will never return.
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