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Detroit Zoo

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8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067-3001
+1 248-541-5717
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Great way to spend a day

Some of the attractions were closed because they are only seasonal but we knew that before going so... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Kmlkv
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Wow! BETTER THAN CHICAGO ZOO!

So much has improved since the days of my youth. I took my daughter and her friend to the zoo... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
blanzyk
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The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of naturalistic habitats for more than 2,000 animals from anteaters to zebras and features award-winning attractions such as the National Amphibian Conservation Center, Great Apes of Harambee and Arctic Ring of Life. The Zoo’s newest attraction is the spectacular Polk Penguin Conservation Center, the largest facility for penguins in the world.
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  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“penguin exhibit” (150 reviews)
“polar bear” (97 reviews)
“wild lights” (23 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067-3001
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Some of the attractions were closed because they are only seasonal but we knew that before going so we weren't surprised. We really enjoyed walking around seeing all the animals. The penguin area was spectacular! They keep the zoo and the animal areas nice and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So much has improved since the days of my youth. I took my daughter and her friend to the zoo yesterday, thinking it would be more run-down than it was in the early 90's when I last went. Not at all! The Detroit Zoo Society...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always a great time. I love going whenever I can, any time of year. I’ve never had s bad experience.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Easy zoo to walk . If not stopping to look All animals I can get nice 45 min cardio walk in fresh air. Definitely walkable zoo sad the must sees are the polar bear exhibit and new penguin home .

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love the penguin house. There is a path where you can walk and learn about the kangaroos up close. One of Detroit’s greatest assets

Thank sheree e
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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

It was a very educational visit. Loads of animals displayed appropriately. The train ride is great if you can stand the rather long line to board. Have fun.

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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

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 zoo! It was large, nicely laid out,...More

Thank Ashiebethxox
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Reviewed 27 January 2018

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 1960's to the present and one of the greatest improvements is the...More

Thank unas
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

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 to visit again and bringing family with next time so they can...More

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Reviewed 17 January 2018

Although we visit the zoo regularly, we love spending New Year's Eve at the Zoo for Zoo Lights! It is so awesome to walk the park in the dark by the glow of the millions of lights they have depicting various things, as well as...More

Thank Danielle M
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Laszlo H
5 February 2018|
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Response from Susan K | Reviewed this property |
No, I'm sorry, only service animals are allowed at the zoo.
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Otj287
12 December 2017|
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Response from Aud542 | Reviewed this property |
Stay in Fla. can't see you traveling to snow just to see an exhibit
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Laura D
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Response from bjt2407 | Reviewed this property |
As folks have said there are some indoor exhibits but you should know the Detroit Zoo was designed as a natural habitat so it is mostly outdoors. The good news is that as a supporting member I can come and go without paying... More
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