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Address: 8450 W 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067
Phone Number: +1 248-541-5717
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Watch frolicking and splashing polar bears through a glass pane and...

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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Well worth the trip

The penguins are a must see. The only thing separating the little kids and the penguins was a sheet of glass. The butterfly exhibit is also great. I don't recommend the cafe... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Santa Rosa, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Loads of lights on a circular walkway, not so many animals viewable. The reptile center, otter and beaver exhibits only animal areas open. Other areas were open but as it is dark you cant see the animals. There is a santa and crafts, as well as, two light displays set to music. There is food and drink available along with... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The penguins are a must see. The only thing separating the little kids and the penguins was a sheet of glass. The butterfly exhibit is also great. I don't recommend the cafe. Bring something to eat. Now it the time to go. Some exhibits a closed but there is no one else there.

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Thank David B
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on a cold and overcast Saturday with friends. I haven't been to the Detroit Zoo in about 15 years, and I'm glad to say that alot hasn't changed, but that's not a bad thing. We walked a little over four miles during our visit. Not all the exhibits are available, since some of them are not able to tolerate... More 

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Peace River, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited on a colder day but the sun was out to help with the chill, walked around for almost four hours which was not enough time to see everything. The new penguin exhibit is really nice and a job well done, was given some great information from a zoo volunteer. Since a lot of the African exhibits were winterized we... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went to the zoo last night for the Wild Lights. It was a nice little walk around the zoo. There were lots of families with children, as I should have expected. I honestly felt that the lights were mediocre and was nothing really spectacular. I would have liked more dancing lights or more extraordinary displays. I wasn't necessarily expecting to... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This zoo is average at best. I've been a couple times living in the area and more often than not the majority of the animals are no where to be seen. And going with a large group of adults and kids not seeing any animals is a huge waste of time and money.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the Detroit Zoo while I was visiting friends in Troy, I always love visits to the zoo and they had a 4 year old, so it was even more fun! Huge, huge expanse... You can spend all day here. I went in early March and the weather was just right, with just a little sun in the cold... More 

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Chattanooga
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently visited the Zoo in October. The whole place is clean, well organized, and full of friendly staff & animals. Recent upgrades to the Penguin House and other exhibits are worth the visit alone!

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been visiting the Detroit Zoo since I was a kid, and it's not any less appealing or magical now that I'm 30. Recent expansions have been amazing; the penguins & arctic habitat are not to be missed! Great for kids, teens, and adults alike (even those without kids). Plan to spend the whole day, as you almost can't fit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The grounds are lovely, you can see the animals up close and there are areas for kids to run around and play. Perfect place for families to visit.

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