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“Animals, animals!”
Review of Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Royal Oak
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed December 22, 2011

I can't say enough about the zoo. I love all the animals and the new habitats. The polar bear exhibit is one of my favorites.

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Reviewed December 19, 2011

Great place to spend a spring and summer day. This zoo is very well maintenained....

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Reviewed December 15, 2011

Great place for kids....tons of animals. Good exercise walkin :)

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Reviewed November 28, 2011

It was in the 50s and sunny, the animals were active compared to a hot summers day. Not all the animals were out and the food / beverage vendors were closed except for the one by the Artic Polar Bears but it still took 3 hrs to walk around. The zoo was clean and the debris was picked up. Great way to spend a fall afternoon.

Thank CMullen111
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Reviewed November 1, 2011

This is the country's first cageless zoo. There are no bars separating you from your view of the lions, giraffes and great apes. In summer, the animals are not as active -- head over to the Penguin House or the Arctic Ring of Life to see penguins and bears keeping their cool. In the Arctic Ring of Life, you can walk through a tube that allows the animals to swim directly over your head. The curator is credited for removing the elephants to a warmer climate -- so you can rest assured that this is ONE zoo in America that puts the welfare and comfort of its animals first -- before gate revenue. Perhaps it has fewer animals than other zoos (unless you count all the amphibians, reptiles and prairie dogs), but still an enjoyable afternoon. There's a train that generations of Detroiters have ridden, recently upgraded and refurbished to its past glory. It will take you from the front of the park to the back, or from the back to the front. Its extra fee is worth budgeting for, the park is quite large and the little ones (either your kids or your feet) will get tired from the walking. Winter in the park is wonderful -- bundle up and go from building to building and take in the sights along the way. If you get really cold, head over to the butterfly house or the aviary. There are picnic areas and a playscape, if the weather is nice, too. Haven't ridden the new antique carousel, but its beautiful. My favorite place for photos is in front of the amazing fountain at the center of the park.

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