We recently relocated to the Lansing area from Kentucky and we absolutely adored the Potter Park Zoo. After visiting the Louisville and Cincinnati Zoo where both were hilly, crowded and not very stroller friendly, this was a refreshing change. The place is clean, well maintained, you don't feel sorry for the animals because they appear happy and cared for, and our young kids were able to take in a pony or a camel ride. The petting zoo area was adorable and my 4-year-old was thrilled to be able to pet a goat.
The food prices were also reasonable, which is a refreshing change of pace for a zoo and all of the exhibits were easily accessible for strollers and wheelchairs. The cool thing about this place is that it's inside a quaint park where there's a playground and picnic shelters and a walking trail. Such a neat place to visit and not overwhelming like the large city zoos. And to be honest, we had more fun here.