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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 17 Attractions 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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Royal Oak, Michigan
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89 reviews 89 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Feeling the bite of winter, we stopped for a visit to the Butterfly Garden at the Detroit Zoo, thinking its balmy 75 degree temperature would be sure to warm us up and we were right. We bought a year membership at the zoo and plan to stop by often. The garden is full of lush plants and colorful butterflies. Some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Love the Detroit Zoo, vastly improved since the 1980s. We go a few times a year, love the animals, the grounds, the memories we have created there. Cannot wait to go to the Wild Lights this holiday season!

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Petersburg, Michigan
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This has been by far the best zoo I've been to. Plenty to see, well kept and very clean. We were there while it was decorated for Halloween and the exhibits were well presented. My only problem, and it's a minor one, is that the train ride takes you behind the exhibits, and there really isn't a whole lot to... More 

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The Detroit Zoo is a fairly well run zoo, which my family has been attending since our move to Royal Oak in 1994. It's a 125-acre zoo located just outside of downtown Royal Oak, shortly inside the bounds of Huntington Woods, Michigan. The zoo has always been a good memory, ever since I first went there in my childhood. Since... More 

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Toledo, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Detroit zoo, PLEASE take out all of the " 4-d motin coaster " junk.. Let's parents show there children actual ANIMALS at the zoo... With better choices regionally , takea daycation and go to Toledo... Not much variety here, quirky animal pens, and the bombardment t of non animal things to do for kids make this one a skip for... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The Detroit zoo is a nice zoo. It's oretty big, has a nice selection of animals with good habitats. Great for a family trip.

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Flint, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Great weather. Easy access to the zoo. Stroller rentals. Lots of exhibits. Don't go on a really hot day because the animals hide. More exhibits coming this year and next year. Love the roaming animals (peacocks, chipmunks, black squirrels). Kangaroo path is awesome!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

Even in winter this is a great place to spend an afternoon. There are lots of indoor exhibits to warm up in like the glorious hot and humid butterfly house, reptile house and aviary...while outdoors has more activity than the summer months since many of the animals seem to enjoy the cooler temps. Right now there is a young camel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I love going to the Detroit Zoo. It's a year round attraction even in Michigan's snowy and cold weather. I enjoy walking in the winter and on entering you can find yourself in a great natural environment in the midst of the city. The animals are more active too and a delight to watch. There are plenty of amenities including... More 

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michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I love the Detroit Zoo. I have been a zoo member for 20 years and it just keeps getting better and better. The exhibits are great and you can see how much the employees care about the animals. The zoo has changed so much since I was a kid, for the better, because it takes into account the comfort and... More 

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