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Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

4.3
#1 of 12 in Zoos & Aquariums in Michigan
Zoo / Aquarium Nature / Park
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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  • Great place, beautiful great food they have the 4th D Theather was the. Está experience ever I watched both theaters ... food was great!!!  more »
  • We went on one of the hottest days in July, but the excitement overrode the hotness. The animals we hidden but you knew why, lots to see and the park is very clean. People brought their coolers with p...  more »
  • It may not be as large as others but it will still take you at least half a day. Arrive early so you can reserve a spot to feed the giraffes. Little children love to sit in the butterfly building and ...  more »
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  • This zoo is amazing. It's a 1.7 mile loop that is easy to navigate. The staff are friendly and informed about the animals in their areas. Highly recommend paying attention to the weather and time of day you plan on going. We went mid day on a Sunday when was about 90+ degrees and most of the animals were inside or hiding in the shade due to the heat. The food is reasonably priced for a zoo, not cheap but not extremely expensive. There is a $7.00 fee for parking, which can be prepaid for online (zoo tickets can be purchased online also). Great zoo for families, lots of hands on activities for children of all ages.
  • Want to be clear, it was a tough call to give this place just 3 stars. The penguin area is FANTASTIC, and is a total highlight of this zoo. From there, the butterfly and boots exhibits are both wonderful, and really caught my wee ones attention. On to of that, this is a VERY family friendly environment. Lots of shade, tables and benches scattered about, and fun education exhibits. The downside...a large portion of the animals are 'closed' or not in evidence. On my particular day, we did not see.... Any monkeys or Gorillas, otters, red panda, grizzly or polar bears, boars, tigers, the giraffe feeding was closed, and some of the other animals I'm forgetting. I know they are constructing/expanding and working on some of these exhibits, but it's definitely a missed expectation with so many empty or missed spots. That's why just 3 stars, despite what was a great location to visit. I really hope to be back on some years to see what's changed.
  • My family and I are zoo members... we love this zoo and it is part of our summer tradition! The animal enclosures are all very large and well taken care of, and there are usually multiple places for viewing. The food is good, and they now have water filling stations around the zoo so you can bring your own water bottle. We will be back soon!
  • This zoo was nice. We saw gorillas, giraffes, a tiger, rhinos, and kangaroos. I went with my husband and our one year old son. We went on an 80 degree day and we were warm but the zoo did have many indoor exhibits intermixed to give you a periodic break from the heat. I will reiterate what previous reviewers have stated. This is a long zoo. Things are very spread out. A noticeable few animals are not on display. The penguin exhibit is brand new and amazing, from what my husband tells me. Our son fell asleep and strollers are not allowed in the exhibit so I did not witness the penguins firsthand. (Not a complaint, just be aware strollers are not always welcome.) Overall, fun day at the zoo.
  • In the past, you'd have to roll the dice on seeing many of animals in their exhibits here. But things are changing at the Detroit in such a good way. The new penguin exhibit is so sleek and cool. You get right up close to the cute guys. I'm very excited to see the new wolf exhibit too. A nice warm fall day is the best time to go. You can easily spend 2-3 hrs here and be entertained and happy.

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