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Address: 8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067-3001
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+1 248-541-5717
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of naturalistic habitats for 2,400 animals...

The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of naturalistic habitats for 2,400 animals from aardvarks 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.

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Great day at the zoo!

My daughter and I go to the Detroit Zoo at least once a year, but usually in the summer. We decided to try it this winter and thoroughly enjoyed the absence of the crowd and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
SalKatLis
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Clinton Township, Michigan
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Clinton Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My daughter and I go to the Detroit Zoo at least once a year, but usually in the summer. We decided to try it this winter and thoroughly enjoyed the absence of the crowd and getting up close to all the exhibits, first in line for everything! With the cold weather, the animals are much more active, which is a... More 

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Highland, Michigan
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219 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have been to the zoo many times but this was the first for the holiday zoo light event. It was wonderful, and family enjoyed. No animals were seen, but lots of lights.

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Thank Justin W
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Detroit Zoo is not actually in Detroit, but easy to get to. The Butterfly house is awesome!. If you want to get up close and personal with a polar bear-this is the place to go. You walk underneath the exhibit and can watch them swim and eat. It was truly amazing!! You do have to pay to enter, but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No discounts for members but at $10pp and $6 parking not too bad. Walk front 1/2 of zoo. Wonderful light show set to music near mid zoo and fountain. Places along the way to warm up or roast marshmallows, purchase hot cocoa or drinks. Can also warm up in reptile or otter exhibit. Unfortunately, penguin exhibit closed. Can also warm... More 

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Royal Oak, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I like the Detroit Zoo. It is a great smaller zoo and we really enjoyed the penguin exhibit. I would say some people used to large zoos need to review what this zoo offers before you set expectations. I would suggest when you visit to start with a train trip to the back of the zoo and walk your way... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Detroit to visit family and took a day to see some of the sights, The new habitat they built for the penguins is a must see, the recently built facility in itself is amazing and of the cutet penguins make you realize how they exist and play this is for both Old and Young folks, well worth... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wildlights are very well organized only downside is they won't let you in before your time in ticket

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Harrison Township
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic. Amazing. Wonderful. Absolute family event. Attended dinner with Santa. Santa and Mrs Claus were wonderful, friendly, and very impressive. The Light Show was amazing. Highly recommend. 10 stars.

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
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77 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Haven't been to the Zoo in a few years but decided to take out of town guests and family to view the light show. It was a little chilly but that added to the fun. Make sure you are dressed for the weather. The reptile house offered the best respite from the weather but the light show is the reason... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Detroit Zoo is considered one the top zoos in the US and for good reason. I have been to a number of Zoo's across the US and really the North Carolina Zoo is the only one that I can say is better. I feel the animals get a decent amount of room to wander so you don't feel like... More 

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