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Review of Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo
Ranked #1 of 25 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 April 11, 2013

I spent my 40th Birthday with family at the zoo. It was the nicest time , everyone enjoyed it . I was surprised how reasonable it was to enjoy a whole day of enjoyment for such a low cost .

Thank Dawn C
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Reviewed April 9, 2013

Don't let the title "Detroit" zoo keep you away from this beautiful park located in a nice suburb. It is well kept with plenty of animals to view. Nice for kids who like lots of room to roam. Adults like it too. A good destination with plenty of parking.

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Reviewed April 1, 2013 via mobile

The zoo is above all a huge and very beautiful park. Some buildings seem to date back to 1920s and are very nicely kept. There's a children's playground that my kids love, a small railroad, many fountains and alleys.

They have some very interesting exhibits - the Polar Ring of Life where you go down an underground tunnel with glass ceilings which are the bottoms of two pools, one for the polar bears and another for seals. From the tunnel it looks like you are at the bottom of the sea watching the bears and the seals swimming above. Very interesting, plus it's a great place to cool down in summer. Note that the bears are asleep most of the time, do you must have some luck and perseverance if you want to see them swim.

Another great exhibit is the prarie dog station, where the kids can crawl through an underground passage into a plastic viewing box right in the middle of a prarie dog colony. Kids love it (adults won't fit there).

There's also a butterfly garden, a large collection of various reptilians from crocs to snakes to lizards, a penguinarium, the new lion exhibit with a glass wall - you literally stand half an inch away from lions. They have great apes and if you're lucky you can see gorillas go about their business.

Every September for the last few years they were getting the animatronic dinosaurs exhibit. These were the best, most realistic looking and moving dinosaurs I've ever seen, plus the setting was very well designed.

Now a few things I don't like. There's no elephants. They claim that this is due to the climate but the Toledo Zoo has them and they are only 80 miles south. The cost of keeping them through the winter, and providing them with space to roam must be too high. some of the other animals I would expect to see in a zoo are also missing - spotted cats (leopards or cheetahs), smaller feline carnivores like lynx or bobcat, wolves, or moose (we're in Michigan after all !). We have had Zoo membership for the last few years and most of the time the Membership entrance in the back of the parking lot would be closed so we had to take the long hike to the main entrance. It would also be nice if Zoo Members would get more discounts on rides and services.

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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We visited the zoo on Easter Sunday and it was dead, which was fantastic for us! We were almost entirely alone for the majority of our visit. No lines, no people in the way, lovely! The polar bear exhibit is the best. We had a great time.

Thank sarakay66
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

Great place to visit. Always worth the drive, has good activities for the children. Better to buy the membership (vs. paying for each visit).

Thank mosjj
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