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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Leck8786
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Waste of Money, everything closed
Apr 2021 • Family
Don’t waste your time or money until everything opens back up. All indoor exhibits including butterfly, penguin house, train, snake exhibit, all food vendors are closed. Paid 60$ for 2 adults and a 2 year old and it was a total let down. Employees followed you around monitoring you wearing a mask outside even when there are no people around you. Save the money and watch a YouTube video on tigers.
Written April 18, 2021
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Mitten Admirer
Traverse City, MI29 contributions
Always a Good Time
Apr 2021 • Couples
I’ve been visiting this zoo since I was a child and it never gets old.
The volunteers here are helpful and friendly, the food is tasty, and the animals are magnificent.
Written April 17, 2021
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Jessie
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Where are the animals
Mar 2021
So been a member at the zoo, I will no be renewing when my membership is up. They killed a polar bear, the penguin house is still closed, wear a face diaper outdoors, there are no animals to see, saw otters, camels and that’s it! What an awful zoo, shut it down. Employees have a huge attitude, but it is Detroit so what would u expect. Honestly, I am not sure why this zoo is even open anymore. I remember when I was a kid they had elephants, hippos, bears, lion house, tigers...none of the animals are even there anymore. New tiger exhibit with no tigers.

Do not go, save yourself the money and depressing trip.
Written March 19, 2021
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