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Detroit Zoo

8450 W 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48215
(248) 398-0903
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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Royal Oak
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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... more » 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. « less
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Marshall, Michigan, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This was my first trip to the Detroit Zoo. The staff were very friendly and helpful but I found the zoo to be just "ok." It is perfect for little kids since a zoo is a zoo to them but for the older kids and adults, we felt it needed some work. We were disappointed to make our way to... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This is a good size zoo, all the animal exhibits are pretty spread apart so be prepared to do a lot of walking (definitely recommend strollers for younger kids that you can also be rented onsite for a fee). It's not cheap so if you're a Michigan resident I highly recommend getting the annual membership, it pays for itself after... More

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Westland, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

The Detroit zoo is a pretty big zoo, but the attractions are kind of far apart. There is a lot of walking so if you have young kids or older people who can't walk well then make sure you bring strollers or wheelchairs. There are a few exhibits that are pretty cool though. The butterfly house is beautiful. The walk... More

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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014 via mobile

I work in the tourist industry and meet a lot of out of towners who go to the zoo. A lot of them make the same comment that they came away from a visit disappointed at the lack of animals. No elephants, no apes, and when you finally do see an animal- there's one over here and one over there.... More

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I had heard good reviews about this zoo so my expectations were pretty well set before arriving. Even so, I was pleasantly surprised at how accurate the reviews were. The three others traveling with me were equally happy and impressed. This zoo is very clean, well thought out, and the array of animals was impressive regardless of the location. Along... More

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8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Me and my daughter love going to the zoo! It's always a good time! If it's really hot know that you will be walking a ton without share so prepare. I can't wait for the new penguin exhibit.

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S. E. Michigan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We took a large group to the zoo recently. Prices are a little steep for the quantity of wildlife we were able to see. It was also warm on the afternoon that we went so I suppose that contributed to the lack of animal activity. Not all bad but not perfect. Overall the kids had a good time. The events... More

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Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

It is a smaller zoo, but has lots of animals and lots to do. There are quite a few rescue animals, and the staff are out to interact with guests and answer questions. Food is decently priced, and the butterfly area is beautiful.

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Rocky Hill, Connecticut
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87 reviews 87 reviews
8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Not our first time here, but as always enjoyable. Our 13 months old loved it. Penguins exhibit is cool and giraffe. The place is huge and you can spend the while day wondering around.

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Orlando, Florida
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10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I really had a great time here! Being from Orlando Florida I have the Luxury of being at SeaWorld and all of the theme parks all day everyday if I wanted to, but I was super impressed when I came here. The animals were very well taken care of, fat, happy, did not look bored out of their minds. We... More

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