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Detroit Zoo

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8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067-3001
+1 248-541-5717
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Excellent zoo

The new penguin exhibit is superb. They have a nice playground for little kids. There is also a... read more

Reviewed July 3, 2016
David L
Toronto, Canada
Awesome New Penguin Center

The big draw at the Detroit Zoo this year, is their new Penguin Center, the largest in the world... read more

Reviewed July 3, 2016
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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.
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067-3001
+1 248-541-5717
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Reviewed July 3, 2016

The new penguin exhibit is superb. They have a nice playground for little kids. There is also a train ride at an extra fee. The zoo is very clean and organized. Get there early and you can pay for a chance to feed the giraffes....More

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Reviewed July 3, 2016

The big draw at the Detroit Zoo this year, is their new Penguin Center, the largest in the world. And boy was it cool, no pun intended. The buildings dynamic exterior is a modern take on an Antarctic icescape. I've never seen anything like it...More

Thank StockholmKindaGuy
Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

They have really been working hard at improving the zoo lately! The new penguin exhibit is very immersive and not to mention, smells much better than the old one. I love the butterfly house too. It seems like they are making an effort to make...More

Thank Ashleigh M
Reviewed June 30, 2016

This was our first visit to the zoo. I went with low expectations based on the words of friends, and I couldn't have been more wrong! I don't know what they were thinking bc this zoo is awesome. Parking garage was easy to access, close...More

Thank Kristen T
Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

This was my first first trip to Michigan visiting friends and everyone wanted to visit the zoo. The Detroit Zoo was above and beyond expectations. Awesome animal exhibits and attractions. The staff was very friendly and professional. I highly recommend this.

Thank Gary W
Reviewed June 28, 2016

It might be better to go to the zoo on a cooler day, as the animals will be trying to hide in the shade on hotter days. Favorite exhibits are definitely the polar beers (and going underneath the water in the tunnels), the butterfly house,...More

Thank theRareTraveler
Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

I took my three year old grandsons to the zoo and they had a ball. They especially enjoyed the train ride and the penguin exhibit. The zoo is quite large so their little legs tired quickly, however there are strollers and wagons for rent for...More

Thank MsNabi
Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Detroit has just opened up a new penguin exhibit which is phenomenal. The zoo is easy to navigate through and has lots of shady areas to get you out of the sun.

Thank Susan F
Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

went with friends and it is so worth the admission now. The exhibits and grounds are nice. I was impressed by all the informational volunteers, Good job!

Thank Gregory B
Reviewed June 27, 2016

Excellent zoo, with plenty to see and do. The new penguin house is mesmorizing, interactive and just unbelievable! I think the largest in the county and well worth the price of admission!

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December 11, 2017|
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Response from Aud542 | Reviewed this property |
Stay in Fla. can't see you traveling to snow just to see an exhibit
Laura D
August 28, 2017|
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Response from bjt2407 | Reviewed this property |
As folks have said there are some indoor exhibits but you should know the Detroit Zoo was designed as a natural habitat so it is mostly outdoors. The good news is that as a supporting member I can come and go without paying... More
Stephanie K
June 23, 2017|
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Response from MrsHubbyD | Reviewed this property |
About 3-4 hours if you want to really see EVERYTHING, and have lunch as well! It of course can be longer if you like.