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Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

#1 of 12 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 »
  • Don't know that i can say anything about this place that has not already been said. I have been going here for 47 years and still love it. We have a membership so my wife and I use it as a place to get in a walk. There is always a new thing to see and over the last few years there have been significant renovations to the already plentiful animal exhibits. Great place for the family. You can take a picnic, ride the train, watch polar bears and seals swim over your head, get seasick in the new penguin house, get up close to the otters, search for the non existent beavers, check out poisonous frogs and snakes, and watch the giraffes roam Egypt (which I have never figured out considering giraffes are sub Saharan). The natural feel to the exhibits makes this one of the better zoos that we have ever visited. If you are a visitor to the Detroit area I highly recommend and if you are from the Detroit area and have never gone what are you waiting for?!!
  • I visited Wild Lights at the Detroit Zoo. It was spectacular! I loved how they changed the direction that you walk so that you have a different experience from the start. Of course there were new amazing light features paired with lights from the past, plenty of hot cocoa, snack/ food stops, and a miniature ice skating rink. There's a lot to see. Try not to go during such a popular/ common time so that your stroll is more relaxing.
  • When my son was young, and even before he was born, we always had a membership to the Detroit Zoo. The animals are fascinating and it's a great place to walk, see beautiful gardens, and enjoy a fine day. This time, I went to see the new (1-year-old) Peguinarium. It combines Penguin biology with history, which I loved, particularly because my son, when young, was engrossed in the topic, Sir Ernest Shackleton's Antarctic Journey. The penguins are housed in a large, glass-walled enclosure that is viewable from one side and the other. To get from the beginning to the end, visitors walk a ramp through a simulation experience that was very well designed to feel and look like a ship, Shackleton's Endurance. The story is gripping, hard to believe, and deeply moving. I won't give it away. You'll have to go see it for yourself. The friend I took and I thought it quite wonderful to tell a true, heroic tale within the context in which it took place, surrounded by 83 penguins. Four species are on display: King, Gentoo, Rock Hopper, and Macaroni. And, in true modern Zoo style there's a glass tunnel that allows underwater views of penguins swimming, playing, diving in, and hopping or sliding out. Tremendously fun!
  • The Detroit Zoo is my favorite zoo. It is fun for all ages. The membership prices are reasonable and there is a wide variety of different animals. When you get in all the exhibits are included with your ticket. There are no extra charges, unless you wanted to see a movie or get food. I also like that they allow you to bring your own lunch. Just don't bring a cooler. When make sure you look at the penguin house.
  • We visited the zoo for Wild Lights. It was our first time and we had a blast! The Christmas lights were beautiful and there were so many everywhere. The path goes all the way to the polar bear entrance and back. The merry go round is open, as well as the reptile house, Otter and Beaver exhibits. The penguin house was not open & the butterfly house had a private event going on. The restaurant and gift shop were open and there were plenty of little stands along the way selling smores (make your own), hot chocolate, kettle corn, cinnamon funnel cakes and more! Tons of photo ops with the pretty lights. We also saw the 4D Rudolph movie (about 15 minute condensed version of the classic) and that was really cute with special 4D effects. I would definitely recommend coming for this.
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