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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 but Needs some TLC

Went to the DETROIT ZOO all the time when I was little and saw it though a kids eyes. Went by a few weeks ago, still a very nice place to walk around and enjoy the beautiful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Went to the DETROIT ZOO all the time when I was little and saw it though a kids eyes. Went by a few weeks ago, still a very nice place to walk around and enjoy the beautiful grounds. For the ZOO part of it , it needs some Help and some TLC. They are upgrading the ZOO and Im sure... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

This zoo is fun to go to. The animals are spaced apart so there is lots of walking. They have lots of unique animals - Rhinos, polar bears, penguins, wolves, camels, etc. Love the polar bear tunnel, although you have to be there early if you want to see them swimming. It was disappointing that to ride the train you... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

It's been a few years since we've been and it's just a bit sad. The enclosures were starting to become overgrown with weeds and seemed a bit neglected. Also, the layout of the zoo makes it difficult to see all of the exhibits without having to retrace your steps. Also, a lot of green space with no animals to see.... More 

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Meadville, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

If you can get a docent led tour go for it. Mark and Becky Ward were my tour guides and they were just terrific giving the background and history of the zoo and the animals. It is clear that this zoo cares for the well being if its animals and does all they can to provide homes a close to... More 

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

On a nice day the animals will be out moving around but not on a really hot day. They have a ton of animals and exhibits! Including dinosaurs right now! :) They have a lot of events throughout the year that are so much fun! Love this place!

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McAllen, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Bought the annual pass for our daughter and her family, took the kids through the Dinosaurs, they loved it and the 4 d experience, along with the butterflies and the penguins, Did not see any polar when we went it was very hot for there.

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Canton, MI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

a lot of walking between exhibits....could be a better use of the grounds to fill in with additional exhibits

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Macomb, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

It is awesome to see the Detroit Zoo update their habitats (Lions, Wolves, and the Polar Bears/Seals), I can’t wait to see what the new Penguin habitat will look like. The staff there is extremely knowledgeable of the animals and is always willing to help you find those hard to find animals. I must say though my family’s favorite part... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Grew up in Detroit, but moved to Florida 20 years ago. Was in town to see family this week, so decided to take a family outing to the Detroit Zoo. I was so disappointed. They have spent A LOT of money redoing the zoo, but not for the better. Quite a few animals can not be seen in these new... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

I grew up not far from the zoo and used to go there a lot when I was young. It has been many years since I had been back and I love the changes and how much it has grown. Spent the entire day there with the kids (all teens) and they also had fun. We caught the shows....and rode... More 

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Additional Information about Detroit Zoo

Address: 8450 W 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Phone Number: (248) 541-5717
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Royal Oak
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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