GarLyn Zoo Wildlife Park
GarLyn Zoo Wildlife Park
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
See native and exotic animals up close. Including African Lions, Snow Leopards, tiger, cougar, bobcat, river otter, grizzly bear, camel, ring-tail lemurs, reindeer and far too many more to list them all.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles193 reviews
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Joanne K
Bridgman, Michigan2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I can confirm this is a terrible place to visit, as others have stated here. The owner is greedy, rude and discriminatory. I'm honestly surprised the place hasn't been shut down. We drove over 30 miles to visit, only to be told "No outside food or drink is allowed. You have to return your water bottles to the vehicle." It was a hot day, so I asked if there were drinking fountains inside. I was told, "Nope, but you can buy water at the gift shop." When I looked around, I saw two families heading inside, one drinking from a bottle of Coke and another with a beverage container / water bottle sticking out of her backpack. When I asked why they were allowed to bring in drinks and not me, I was told, "I guess they just snuck past me." Interesting. Then I was told to leave the property immediately. I asked if they wanted a bad review and was told, "I encourage you to leave a bad review so I can respond." I personally do not think rude behavior and money gouging should be rewarded, so I left. We then went on to the Mystery Spot attraction, where water bottles are welcomed and staff are friendly.
Written July 3, 2022
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A lot of zoos no longer allow outside food or drink as a safety factor for their animals. You cannot go through security at any airport with certain amounts of liquid or food. Museums also restrict certain items. This is 2022 and the world is a different place. We do not like adding restrictions, but we must. When a person starts with a hostile attitude, they are met with a hostile attitude. You may purchase drinks in the gift shop but it is not a requirement, and you are welcome to go back and forth to your vehicle if you need to. We do have a pavilion by the parking lot before you enter the zoo and you are welcome to enjoy a lunch or snack before, after or during your visit.
Written July 7, 2022
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Dave P
Marquette, MI316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
My son and I had been to this zoo once, many years ago. Yesterday, while traveling from Marquette to spend a night in St. Ignace, my son (who is 23 now) saw the sign and like his past self said let's sto, let's stop!

So we did. $15 a piece got us into the zoo, a good price for what you see. The animals all seem well taken care of. It's small enough to get around very easily (and quite shaded, which helps in the summer) and yet has enough of a mix of animals to make it interesting the entire time. Perfect for families with young kids, but even fun enough for my son and me. Recommended while traveling along U.S. 2.
Written August 20, 2021
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Lori P
Fairlawn, OH6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
What an awesome zoo! My sister and I took our 3 daughters there. The zoo is clean and in a lovely setting and the animals were obviously well cared for and had pleasant and roomy habitats. You walk in and are surrounded by peacocks, turkeys, chickens, ducks and other birds that walk around freely. There is a large variety of animals, surprising for such a small zoo. The story of King the dog and his “bears” is a heartwarming one. You can feed the parakeets, deer, and bears. We spent an hour and a half there and met the owner who was so friendly and welcoming. If it hadn’t been closing we would have done another loop. Would highly recommend
Written June 24, 2021
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Gabriellej95
Detroit, MI12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
We stopped here last weekend, it was such a good time. The zoo itself isn’t very big but it’s well Maintained and has many animals, some of which you can feed. They even have a reptile house type set up. Super fun stop while you’re in the U.P.
Written June 15, 2020
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ALRKzoo
Carefree, AZ12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
I loved this zoo! I spent 3 hours there and could have stayed longer but for the rest of my crew. Such an odd mix of creatures, all well housed and in good health. At one point I was at a trail intersection and the singing dogs began singing. There was a response from all 4 corners around me; the lions and tigers roared, and the wolves and coyotes howled. It was a real highlight of the day, and I enjoyed the zoo more than any other outing of our 5 day trip.
Written October 2, 2021
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Jeannie099
Plymouth, MI45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
We loved the zoo! We were a little skeptical at first, but so glad we stopped. Free range birds are all around, makes you feel in the zoo. Loved the black swans and big cats. Great place to visit.
Written September 3, 2020
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Carol A
Saline, MI21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
My son and I visited this zoo and had a great time visiting with the animals. It's small, but you can spend a lot of time here. I loved it! The animals were lively and entertaining. Some highlights were the little doggie who sang to us throughout our visit and the lion and lioness who were the most beautiful pair I've seen. There was so much going one, you could easily stay here a couple of hours. We will be back with some friends.
Written October 1, 2022
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Tracy Lynn & Alan Lee
8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We absolutely loved the quaint Zoo!
This was both our first time visiting a smaller zoo & was grateful that we made a U-turn to stop in.
The staff was very friendly!
Definitely surpassed our expectations.
From free roaming fancy chickens & peacocks to 2 bears and their dog💗.
We were able to feed the alpacas and the forays.
Such a neat experience.
I took so many pictures & videos to share with our Grandtreasures & family back home.
Learning it is a family owned business, we were grateful to pay the admission fee.

We recommend this place!!!!
Written May 19, 2022
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Pat C
Detroit, MI11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Garlyn Zoo is a small friendly well run zoo. We have been going here for years as we have a summer home 15 miles away. Each May when we go for the first time of the season I am impressed at the improvements made and new additions added. The owner truly puts money back into his zoo. I buy a family pass as some weekends when our grandkids come visit they go every day. The staff are very visible and friendly. Always available to answer questions. I highly recommend a visit. You will not be disappointed.
Written August 20, 2021
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ls2282019
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
We saw this zoo on US2 while driving thru the UP. What a great gem. It is small to mid-size zoo. Very relaxing to walk around to see the animals as you are walking basically in the woods. Loved the lions, tigers and bears and everything else. Having all the different varieties of chickens wandering around was great. I would recommend stopping for a visit.
Written September 10, 2020
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