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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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Went to see the Penguins stayed for the Zoo

A beautiful, clean and spacious zoo. The staff was great. Cool weather made for playful animals... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kristina T
Indianapolis, Indiana
via mobile
absolutely wonderful

This zoo will be a highlight of any travelers to the Detroit area. The zoo has made tremendous... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Royal Oak, Michigan
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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.
  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067-3001
+1 248-541-5717
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A beautiful, clean and spacious zoo. The staff was great. Cool weather made for playful animals. The Polk Penguin center was as good as advertised. With reciprocity on our zoo membership tickets were really affordable. We liked the Arctic Cafe by the polar bears for...More

Thank Kristina T
Reviewed 5 days ago

This zoo will be a highlight of any travelers to the Detroit area. The zoo has made tremendous efforts to give the animals a home as close to what they would have in the wild. The exhibit areas are large to huge, giving the residents...More

Thank pgschim
Reviewed 1 week ago

So much to see, and pleasantly arranged. Penguin exhibit was popular but exciting. Not all the animals were out in view which can be disappointing, but they don't get paid to show themselves. Be sure to see the Anteaters - such unusual looking creatures! The...More

Thank CalReb
Reviewed 1 week ago

First time visit. My wife and I took our son and his family. (grandchild one and a half yrs) First stop was the penguins. Fantastic display. A must see!! The next few attractions are okay. Another must see is the Gorilla. That Silverback is magnificent....More

Thank Arthur M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Detroit Zoo always delivers a great experience. There are less animals than some bigger zoos but quality makes up for it. The new penguin experience is amazing, there's nothing that compares to it! They are also one of the few zoos that have chimpanzees....More

Thank prakash k
Reviewed 1 week ago

Love to go to the zoo with my grand children,just seeing their faces light-up makes the trip worth it.I really enjoy it to.

Thank Kenneth S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time. We love the new penguin exhibit. There was more to see and the zoo was cleaner.

Thank christinag750
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Detroit Zoo is by no means the very best Zoo in the world, but it pretty much feels like it to me. They have an outstanding penguin display and they are going to expand the tiger area in 2018. I am partial to the...More

Thank J S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Took the day walking around the Zoo as it's been a while. Seems like most everything has been redone, the new penguin house is fabulous. Plus we got to ride the old railroad again, always fun. Walking was great, animals all looked well few and...More

Thank Gary U
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was in the area for a business trip and had an afternoon of conference calls which I took walking around the zoo. I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the exhibits were with room for the animals to roam. The butterfly atrium was really...More

Thank David J
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Laura D
28 August 2017|
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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
Stephanie K
24 June 2017|
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Response from MrsHubbyD | Reviewed this property |
About 3-4 hours if you want to really see EVERYTHING, and have lunch as well! It of course can be longer if you like.
18 July 2016|
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Response from Cyn G | Reviewed this property |
Yes, if you're not a member.