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Address: 8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067-3001
Phone Number:
+1 248-541-5717
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of naturalistic habitats for 2,400 animals...

The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of naturalistic habitats for 2,400 animals from aardvarks 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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Awesome time!

One of the best zoo's i have ever visited. We were able to enjoy so much as a family. Reasonably priced. Exhibits were awesome!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the best zoo's i have ever visited. We were able to enjoy so much as a family. Reasonably priced. Exhibits were awesome!

Thank alinkadensmom
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Detroit Zoo has come a long way since the days of "elephant footprints" on the sidewalk and the key boxes that talked about the exhibits. These days the Zoo is alive, abundant and fresh. The Penguin exhibit is the latest masterpiece and surely worth a visit just to check it out. The Arctic Life (polar bears) exhibit remains a... More 

Thank LGspartan
Sterling Heights, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I love The Detroit Zoo!!! It has plenty to explore and so many different things to experience. A great day for a family outing.

Thank Jeffrey L
Oak Park, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved the butterfly house most of all. The Detroit Zoo is a hit be it summer or winter. The light display in the winter puts you in the mood for the holidays. Walking around the zoo during warm weather is a wonderful outing with the children.

Thank Crystal R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We get the annual pass every year for our family and we love going! It is great to be outside and we get to see so many things. The only reason I gave it a 4 is because rarely do we see a good amount of animals. It has gotten better but I feel like at times you are walking... More 

Thank Libby R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

is a great place for the family, is fun and getting better every year. Our GDaughter loves the Penguins and gets a kick out of watching them. there is more activities for the family to enjoy and the old land marks are still there when we were younger and we take photos with the kids in the same spots we... More 

Thank Peter K
Detroit, Michigan
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My grandkids had a winter break, so we decided to go to the Zoo on a Friday. It sure was a great choice! Very few people, so we could see all the animals without standing in line. The new Penguinarium is amazing! You are able to see all the penguins swimming and walking around. This was a nice time to... More 

Thank Deb M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This a great facility & it has activities for the all family is the best value for the money;we have a family membership & every chance that we have we go out for a walk;my Kids love the new penguin exhibit & my wife & I love the out-doors gardens & the friendly & helpful staff;if you are in the... More 

Thank Manuel H
Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

My friend and I went to the senior day just after Labor Day. The temperature was about 100° that day and, since it was free senior day, we decided to go anyway. It was Packed with many seniors and their caregivers. I have visited this zoo many times over the years. This was the first time that we visited the... More 

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Southfield, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

It is inexpensive and very nice outing for people and out of town guests . The Detroit Zoo is close to the city and I would recommend it to others any time.

Thank kbates05

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