Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Detroit Zoo Reviews: 4.5/5

Detroit Zoo
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of naturalistic habitats for more than 2,000 animals from anteaters to zebras and features award-winning attractions such as the National Amphibian Conservation Center, Great Apes of Harambee and Arctic Ring of Life. The Zoo’s newest attraction is the spectacular Polk Penguin Conservation Center, the largest facility for penguins in the world.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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Klaub D
1 contribution
Terribly unimpressed
Oct 2021 • Family
Lived in the are for 30 plus years. This is the best it’s ever been and it’s still dismal compared to the dozens of other zoos I’ve been to across the country. It’s depressing and incredibly underwhelming. The animals look ill cared for and the layout is overly confusing. Signs point one way to enter the polar exhibit. 30 feet later, a sign pointing in the exact opposite direction for the polar exhibit. Stationary signs. This summarizes the entire experience for me. If you can’t point signs in the correct direction, you are too incompetent to take care of animals.
Written October 24, 2021
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CamilleDanielle
Chicago, IL1 contribution
Zoo Boo 2021
Oct 2021 • Family
ZOO BOO absolute rip off! $18 a ticket per person, without any exhibits, carved pumpkins or activities - apparently due to “covid”. I only put those in parenthesis, because they decided passing out and touching apples would be safer then passing out individually wrapped treats. No mention of this prior to ticket purchase. Highly disappointed and a waste of time + money. Will not be back. Have been there several years in a row prior, and no complaints. Seems like a way to just swindle people out of their hard earned money.
Written October 16, 2021
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kjps35
Detroit, MI219 contributions
Not too much has changed from 25 to 30 years ago
Sep 2021
It is has been between 25 and 30 years since I have been to the zoo. Took my grand daughter in September of 2021. I really wanted to experience the Penquin underwater tunnel. It was still closed (my understanding it has been for a couple of years). We visited the remainder of the zoo and I would say not much has changed expect the Polar Bear habitat.
Written September 12, 2021
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Voyage45980382998
2 contributions
Day with the Grandchildren
Jun 2021
We could not have had a better day! The kids saw a baby polar bear with its mother and a dancing monkey. Many of the eating options and the extras like face painting etc, were not open.
Written July 14, 2021
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Dave S
1 contribution
Highly Disappointing
Jun 2021
Get some animals in there! Honestly most of any inside exhibits were closed and this was not noted on any signs before you bought your ticket. Many of the outside exhibits didnt' have any animals in there. The massive 'arctic zone' was nothing more that a massive expanse of white stone with one distant polar bear. What has happened to this once great zoo? It's nothing more than a walk in the park now. The only things that were entertaining were the reptile and butterfly house...and some peacocks wandering around. Seriously, this is a partially taxpayer funded place that takes in many many millions of $ every year..they can at least populate the place with some animals.
Written June 29, 2021
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Courtney S
1 contribution
Terrible
Jun 2021 • Family
We traveled from KY to check the area out. I was so disappointed with our visit to the zoo. We saw maybe like 10 animals. Everything else was either close or the exhibits had no animals in them. We won't be going back anytime soon.
Written June 24, 2021
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rcq925
Fort Wayne, IN29 contributions
Don't waste your money
Jun 2021
This zoo was awful, never been so disappointed in a zoo. Very long walk to get to any of the exhibits and then no animals to be found. Lots of exhibits and buildings closed. You should have lowered the price since so many things were closed. Waste of time and money and very sad for a city that size should have a much better zoo. Never again!
Written June 14, 2021
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Lynn M
1 contribution
Don’t bother
Jun 2021
We’re very disappointed (6/1/21) in our visit. Most indoor exhibits were closed and those outdoors, some had no visible animals in it. Beautiful 74 degree day. They should let the public know before wasting the admission fee. If you’re interested in a costly long walk, it’s right up your alley.
Written June 1, 2021
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Michael M
1 contribution
Taking advantage
Apr 2021
Taking advantage of pandemic by telling members to schedule when to go. Pricing is outrageous. You can’t attend with your nanny and child. It has to be one or the other. I’ll never buy a membership again.
Written April 23, 2021
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Kelly K
3 contributions
Nice visit to the Zoo
Apr 2021 • Couples
Had a great day at the zoo. Perfect weather for the humans and the animals, lots of active animals this morning. Greatly appreciate the precautions being taken.
Written April 19, 2021
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