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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. 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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  • This zoo is one of my favorite places in the city. Personally I love the butterfly garden. They have wonderful gardens throughout the zoo. The new penguin exhibit is fascinating. The arctic ring of li...  more »
  • The new penguin habitat is amazing!!! My 3 year old grandson is a huge fan. We start every visit with the penguins. The train is a must and our little guy LOVES the ride. The downside was that a numbe...  more »
  • The zoo was great, not only for young children but also for adults. The park is huge and it's a nice walk. There are all kinds of animals and the place they have is big enough (they aren't stuck in ti...  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.
  • 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.
  • We went on a very busy day (lots of school groups), but the zoo was large enough that we weren't bothered by the crowds. The grounds were beautifully kept, as were the enclosures. The misting stations were appreciated! We only saw half the exhibits before our toddlers were ready for a rest. We can't wait to go back!
  • The Detroit Zoo is such an overall great experience. All of the exhibits are kept very clean, and the animals all have sufficient space to roam around. My favorite exhibit was definitely the new penguin exhibit, it is awesome to see all the details that they consider while keeping in mind animal welfare. For the price, you will not be disappointed! 5/5