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Address: N5406 County Road 577, Wallace, MI 49893
Phone Number: 906-788-4093
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U.P. Suprise

We were in UP visiting family. We were traveling with our son who's almost 2 and it was suggested to us as a place to visit. I was very skeptical that a zoo in the UP would... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Fort Myers, Florida
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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273 reviews 273 reviews
104 attraction reviews
191 helpful votes 191 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The DeYoung Family Zoo isn't like any zoo I've visited before. It's more like a collection of exotic animals. The cages and buildings are a bit "makeshift". There is very little as far as an educational component to this zoo. Signs on the exhibits are sparse. Some of the cages seem a bit small for the animals. There really is... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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57 reviews 57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We were in UP visiting family. We were traveling with our son who's almost 2 and it was suggested to us as a place to visit. I was very skeptical that a zoo in the UP would be worth a visit but I was very wrong. This place was great. We didn't know know anything about this place and its... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

I saw this zoo on an Animal Planet (or Discovery?) special and was shocked it was around where my sister-in-law grew up. Great experience and the owners really love and care for their animals.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went to DeYoung on a Sunday and it was quite busy. The animal enclosures are very natural, many with swimming areas. Lots of the big cats were in the water. Dry nice way to spend a few hours!

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Indian Harbour Beach
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

One of the best zoo I ever visited. The people there really care about animals. There were so many hands on experiences. You see the animals up close and the feedings were incredible.

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Chilton, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

First and foremost remember that this is NOT a big "pretty" zoo. However, my children all enjoyed it (they are 17, 15 and 3) and said we NEVER need to go to a different zoo again! There is SO much to enjoy here. If you want to see the bears being fed you can! Big cats? YEP! Do you want... More 

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

I've attended twice now and will never go to a city "cement zoo" again! Loved every minute and learned so much! I just watched their DVD from NatGeo and was floored at how much these two and all their volunteers do for these animals and the whole community ...I wish everyone could see this and understand The zoo. They are... More 

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Newberry, MI
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89 reviews 89 reviews
23 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Cool little zoo with a nice variety of animals and interactive and educational programs. Friendly staff who are great at engaging children in their programs.

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West Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This is off the beaten path, but definitely worth it and I don't even normally like zoos. Throughout the day they have different activities including an hour long big cat feeding. You can feed Wallace the Hippo and we got to pet baby wolves and a baby monkey. The animals are up and active, just don't expect everything to be... More 

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Chicago, IL
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143 reviews 143 reviews
35 attraction reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

After watching My Life is a Zoo on NatGeo and reading Bud's book, my wife and I planned a full weekend around going to the Deyoung Family Zoo. We are from Chicago, and we were happy to make the drive out for the experience. This zoo is--quite literally--in the middle of nowhere. You won't know you are close until you... More 

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