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Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak
(4.2/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
Meet 3,300 animals representing 280 species at Detroit Zoo, home of the world's largest Arctic exhibit that features polar bears, arctic foxes, and seals. Watch the arctic bears and seals swim above your head along a 21.3 m (70 ft) long underwater tunnel. Take a walk through an indoor jungle and surround yourself with kangaroos, macaws, wallabies, sloths, iguanas, birds, and butterflies at various cageless exhibits. Join in one of the animal education programs, feed giraffes, ride a miniature train, or watch a 4-D movie. At the interpretive gallery, you can also learn about the Earth using various displays and interactive tools. Plan to visit Detroit Zoo and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Royal Oak attractions using our Royal Oak family vacation planner.
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  • The grounds are lovely, you can see the animals up close and there are areas for kids to run around and play. Perfect place for families to visit. 
  • Very nice zoo! Great new Penguin exhibit. Lot of the animals were hiding but you do get to see a lot of the bigger animals here. It is like a big park. Kudos for having one smoking spot in the park. 
  • The Detroit Zoo has an outstanding penguin exhibit that just opened this year that is a must see. I particularly like the red pandas and the tree kangaroo. 
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  • The indoor bird exhibit was really cool with birds roaming/flying freely all around you. Lots of nice scenery in there as well. The new penguin exhibit was stellar! You can watch the penguins from many different angles including from a tunnel underneath their body of water. This is the spot to get some good photo opportunities as the penguins were frequently playing tag under the water and seemed quite active here. Overall great experience. Parking was easy, zoo was clean, zoo staff was friendly.
  • The new Penguin attraction is awesome! Didn't know they could swim so fast. Many of them are about the size of a 5 yr old kid! I also enjoyed seeing the seals under water. Kangaroo walk is one of my all-time favorites. Tiger & Lions seem out of place. Free roaming peacocks bring out the inner child in most people :)
  • I went to the Zoo with my extended family for the first time in years and we all had a blast! The new Penguin House is awesome!! The animals all seemed healthy and content, though it was in the low 90's, so most of them were just chilling in the shade. There was so much to see that we couldn't see everything before the little ones tired out and the adults were ready for libations. In all, I would say this is an excellent place for a family outing or a nice, quiet date. Definitely check it out if you haven't been to the Zoo in a long time!
  • Was at the Zoo for my bday 11/10, havent been there in 3 yrs looked nicer and you could tell there were some up grades, only thing that was disappointing was that a lot of the animals werent out, we walked so far back and forth searching for the Polar Bears, and they werent out or there, they should inform guests what animals arent out so you dont have to go searching for them, even with the map , and get to the see nothing, yes we saw seals and they were cute, but all we heard about was the awesome polar bears there, and they werent.6 bucks to park but as long as it goes to the animals I dont care.Its a nice outing takes about 3-4 hrs to round the whole park.
  • A "Must Visit" destination for most Metro-Detroit residents. The kids will love the place. The 4-D theatres are another great place to stop by. Also the Winter Noel Nights are great to visit.