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Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

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#1 of 16 in Zoos & Aquariums in Michigan
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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  • I’m from Louisiana so I’ve come to expect certain things from a zoo trip. I set the bar pretty high because the Audubon Zoo is gorgeous. I can honestly say that I was very impressed with the Detroit z...  more »
  • The Detroit Zoo has experienced challenges over the years with city finances affecting funding but it always been a wonderful experience. I've witnessed the changes in the zoo over the years from the ...  more »
  • I attended the special lights exhibit they do in the month of December. Talk about spectacular!! Just amazing how many lights there are and was reasonably affordable. I will definitely be coming back ...  more »
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  • I came here as a kid, 34 years ago, and really enjoyed visiting again as an adult! The butterfly exhibit is amazing, so many butterflies everywhere. The volunteers are very helpful, they knew a lot about the animals, their names, history, what times the animals usually were active, and plans for the zoo. Lots of info about the importance of conservation as well which I appreciate. Definitely worth a visit!
  • I love the Detroit Zoo. My 5 kids love the zoo as well , so much so that we get a zoo membership every year. This year, we renewed our membership online as usual. However, when we got our cards in the mail, they left off one of my kids. When I called to inquire they informed me of their new 4 kid only policy. They had not informed me of the change online during the renewal process and all 5 of my children were listed. When I asked why they changed it, their response was that too many people have lied about the number of kids living in their homes. Though I sympathized, I offered to meet them in the middle and bring in my kids' birth certificates. They refused to let me do so and insisted on charging me another $15. Though this isn't too much more, I am disappointed as the zoo (though probably not their intention) has told me that I should only have 4 children in my family. A family membership should include EVERYONE in my family. Next year, I will not be renewing my zoo membership. I will pay extra and get a membership to The Henry Ford.
  • One of me favorite things to do in the area. There are some new exhibits to check out and I feel like they are constantly updating the area. I highly recommend a yearly pass based on the ticket prices compared to the pass. The otters are a must-see. They are usually very active. Good and drinks are pricey so consider bringing your own. This is a great place to spend half a day.
  • I came from out of state to do a Penguin Mingle here at the zoo. My husband and I had some time to walk around the zoo beforehand and check out the exhibits. Unfortunately we came the day after Christmas, which was when it was 6 degrees outside. We didn't get to see many animals but the polar bear looked happy! Otherwise, the Penguin Mingle was great and although it's very pricey I have no regrets about doing it. It was a very good program that I recommend for any serious penguin fans. The Polk Conservation center is absolutely gorgeous and very fun to walk through. Lots of penguins!
  • We visited the Detroit Zoo on an extremely cold day. However, we were visiting in town and we wanted to show support for anything Detroit. The front staff did not seem very engaged in greeting the few customers that trickled through the doors (they charged me full price for parking $14.00 even though I parked on the street). Due to the weather the animals were either asleep or indoors however, we were able to look at a good amount of reptiles and we even saw a beautiful peacock strutting around the grounds like it owned the place. The workers inside were very friendly and I can tell they thought we were crazy visiting the zoo on this cold day. We still had a good time. I plan on going back when the summer months are here. In addition, the scenery was beautiful we were able to take pictures in front of a beautifully decorated Christmas tree. I spent about $40.00 -for two adults, a child, and parking. My nephew loved it and that's all that mattered to me. A beautiful place to walk around and check out the scenery -when the weather is nice and inviting. I appreciate you for taking time out to read my review I hope it is informative.
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