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Detroit Zoo

Address: 8450 W 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Phone Number: (248) 541-5717
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Ranked #1 of 16 things to do in Royal Oak
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: Watch frolicking and splashing polar bears through a glass pane and experience life on the tundra...
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Detroit, Michigan, United States
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The Detroit Zoo really has a lot to offer. The butterfly house is AMAZING, and the polar bear exhibit with the underwater glass tunnel makes you feel like you're swimming with them! The natural settings in the exhibits add a lot to appreciate, in addition to being better for the animals. Can't wait for the new penguinarium!

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Eastpointe, Michigan
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This is the best event ever. Everyone guests and workers dress up. They have corn mazes, pumpkins carved into animals, and treat stations located throughout the zoo. The animals are all out for the children to see. We go every year. A must go to for Halloween.

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We live nearby so we have a family season pass. Love to go walk around even in the colder months just to get out of the house. Always a nice time.

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

If you stop by at any time of the year, you will see different animals doing different things depending on weather. Morning are best to be there the animals are very active. Winter is great because you almost have the whole place to yourself.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My kids and I love to visit during the winter months. True not all animals are on exhibit but the ones that are really make the cold temps worthwhile. Our visit last month on a very snowy day was proof of that! The polar bears were very active, playing in the water and interacting with each other. We spent nearly... More 

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Marshall, Michigan, United States
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Husband and I spent Saturday 2/7/15 there. The zoo opens at 10:00, and we arrived within a few minutes of that. We were able to park in the garage (fee of $6.00 added when purchasing your tickets at the gate) very close to the entrance. Since we had a zoo membership at the Toledo Zoo, we were able to get... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Last year we went to the Tampa Zoo and had a really good time. We decided to get the annual pass which also gets you discounts at other zoos. I assumed that it would be an investment that would not really be worth it. I was so wrong. We have been making the most of this pass which brought us... More 

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Detroit
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

There are many pluses and minuses regarding zoos. The Detroit Zoo has been around for near 100 years. They have been active in breeding programs and have been a source of education for tens of thousands, or more, of children. It is unfortunate that zoos are necessary but they are. Well worth visiting and support.

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Our Family loves the Detroit Zoo!!!!!! Animals, Food and Family - what more could you ask for!!! The Zoo is always clean and they have some Very Fun events throughout the year.

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Hsinchu, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I grew up in the area and used to visit at least once a year with my family for for school field trips. Over the years they have worked to update a few of the exhibits - the polar circle, butterfly house, and soon the penguinarium. They have also moved out a few species. This limits the selection of animals... More 

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