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Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

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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. Discover how to plan a Royal Oak trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • Cost is extremely high for such poor attractions. So many areas had only 1 animal and many you were unable to see any animals. It's ridiculous for the price of admission what has to be paid to see.....  more
    Cost is extremely high for such poor attractions. So many areas had only 1 animal and many you were unable to see any animals. It's ridiculous for the price of admission what has to be paid to see.....  more »
  • I was very disappointed with my visit to the Detroit Zoo. I went on a weekday with my grandsons and their aunt. Upon entering the zoo, we were greeted with signs of the many attractions that were... 
    I was very disappointed with my visit to the Detroit Zoo. I went on a weekday with my grandsons and their aunt. Upon entering the zoo, we were greeted with signs of the many attractions that were...  more »
  • Really a nice zoo, great exhibits, plenty of restrooms, would have liked to see more food concesssions we were expecting to eat there and weren't really able..nice place 
    Really a nice zoo, great exhibits, plenty of restrooms, would have liked to see more food concesssions we were expecting to eat there and weren't really able..nice place  more »
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  • Love the zoo! Always a lot of fun. The current precautions with limited but rotating buildings open and times entries feel safe and well-thought-through. Can't wait for the penguins to be back in their fabulous new home. Update 5/2022: Penguins are back and precautions are mostly lifted. Glad staff still wear masks, and it's easy enough to keep distanced from other guests. Still love the zoo!
  • Love the Detroit Zoo....Always a nice time 😊. The Dinosaurs were up, which my son and I love!, and the penguin enclosure was nice and clean...the water was so clear. It was good to see the animals are being well taken care of. The Zoo itself was also clean and well maintained. We also took the train ride, which was nice, and saw a 4D movie which was awesome. I had never been to a 4 D movie...... definitely a fun experience 😃. Overall, no complaints about this visit. We had a nice time.
  • We went to the zoo on June 16, 2021. My mother-in-law required a motorized wheelchair. Jerry in Guest Relations was wonderful and understood the fact that our whole day would change if she couldn’t get a motorized wheelchair. Matthew at Guest Relations seemed to always be right by our side when arriving and exiting. He asked Levi, also of Guest Relations, to get the wheelchair right to my sisters car which made everything easy!!! I was very impressed and everyone was so helpful and added so much to our day. Thank you very much!!
  • You know, love the animals and I hope they’re being well cared for. This trip, post pandemic, was so sad compared to the zoos glory days. I was sad we drove to see it and would’ve been just as happy at our smaller local zoo. No mask enforcement in indoor spaces. The bathrooms were dirty, benches were dirty, all the exhibits and experiences that made the Detroit zoo superior are closed. I was charged $4.69 for water in a paper cup, per cup. My son found a peacock feather on the ground that was promptly confiscated, it was the best part of his day. Then on our walk out, we passed several people waving their peacock feathers around, which were passed by security without being taken. This will be my last visit for probably many years. We saw Nanook in the bear costume just before we left, this did cheer my son up some. Whoever was in the costume today was putting on a great interactive show, they should get a bonus for wearing that hot suit and entertaining my son. He absolutely loved it, and said so many times. Update: today March 2022, my son just references security taking his peacock feather away. Nothing else was committed to his memory. Sad.
  • I have been to many zoos, and this is by far the best. So many animals to see. We literally spent hours here just to walk the entire park and see everything. The animals were up and walking around (the lady at the front gate said around 2pm is a great time to see some of the larger animals like tigers and giraffes because they like warm weather and will be out and about at that time). And they surely were. We were as close as you can be to the giraffes, got to see the tigers playing together, and the camels were up walking and drinking water, and more. Highly recommend this zoo. It's not boring at all!!

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