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Detroit Zoo

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Address: 8450 W 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Phone Number: (248) 541-5717
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Description: Watch frolicking and splashing polar bears through a glass pane and...
Watch frolicking and splashing polar bears through a glass pane and experience life on the tundra at the Arctic Ring of Life, the worlds largest Arctic exhibit. Other highlights of this interactive and educational zoo include a stroll through an indoor rainforest with free-roaming animals and a visit to one of the largest great ape exhibits in the world.
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Nice zoo for a good price

I go to the Detroit Zoo about once a year. It's pretty big in walking terms, be prepared to walk a lot. I love their variety of exhibits from the penguins to the wolverines to the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Flint, Michigan
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Flint, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

I go to the Detroit Zoo about once a year. It's pretty big in walking terms, be prepared to walk a lot. I love their variety of exhibits from the penguins to the wolverines to the bush dogs to the anteaters. The only thing I wish they had more of are big cats, but I'm partial to cats. The Arctic... More 

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Frankfort, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Visited the zoo with a few other adults. It's by no means a big zoo but it is a decent sized. Like that you can follow the path and pretty much see everything. Would definitely go back and recommend to families. It is a bit pricey for admission but comparable to other zoos. As is the case with most zoos... More 

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Waterford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

My friends and I decided to check it out. Paid $26 which includes 4 tickets to check out rides and the 4-D theater. Regular admission is $12 for an adult. It's not close in terms of animals to San Diego Zoo but we still had a good time and ate at Safari Grill. We might or might not return.

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Westland, Michigan
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

I love to visit zoos and sadly this is my least favorite. Most times you can't see the animals or they are asleep. The are renovating right now which I guess is a plus. The train is the best part of the zoo to my kids and I. Sadly I would have rather traveled in the other direction from it... More 

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nw arkansas
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I have been to at least 40 zoos, this was right near the bottom of the list for sure. Empty exhibits, poor zoo layout, and we just felt cheated all around for the cost.

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Shelby Township, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We have been going to the zoo since my children were toddlers and loved it then and they still love going as early teenagers. The zoo is always clean and the volunteers are always very knowledgeable about the animals.

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Strongsville, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Let's start with the obvious. The Detroit Zoo is not in Detroit. It is in a very nice suburb that has a crime rate half the national average. If that is not enough, they have a strong, visible police bike presence at the zoo. So you do not have to worry about having to traverse some of the worst parts... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

What a good place to let go and see God's great creations! They have the most natural exhibits, (you will love the polar bears) , great shaded space to sit and relax, and even a playscape for the kids after their attention span is gone. Don't miss out on the butterfly house or the penguin exhibit either... They are the... More 

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Bloomfield Hills, MI
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Great family friendy zoo. We have been going for 30 years and still love the zoo. "Sunset at the zoo" is once per year and is the most exceptional event - not cheap. If you have kids they will absolutely love it here; especially the powerful train. ALL ABOARD for good fun.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Nice zoo, plenty to see, nice walkways. Not busy in the Spring. Good for families and children. Not all the exhibits were open due to weather.

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