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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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All adults headed to the zoo, all animal lovers. We enjoyed that many of the animals had clear... read more

Reviewed yesterday
ShannonK99
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Fenton, Michigan
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My first time there. Fantastic !! Loved the penguins !! I fed a giraffe !! This place was extremely... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Pam L
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Titusville, Fl
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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.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good30%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“penguin exhibit” (150 reviews)
“polar bear” (97 reviews)
“wild lights” (23 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067-3001
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+1 248-541-5717
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

All adults headed to the zoo, all animal lovers. We enjoyed that many of the animals had clear indications that they were rescued and could not live in the wild. As well as a few construction areas to increase the size of enclosures. Overall the...More

Thank ShannonK99
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

My first time there. Fantastic !! Loved the penguins !! I fed a giraffe !! This place was extremely clean and the staff was very friendly and helpful !! I felt like a kid again.

Thank Pam L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As a lifelong Detroiter, I've visited this zoo a number of times, first as a child and then with my own children. But once we discovered the Toledo Zoo, we quit going here since that one is way better. But now we're retired so we...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Checked before we left. No notification on website that the polar bear exhibit was closed. A big disappointment as we had hyped it to our friends before we left home. More of a zoo in arctic cafe than outside. No organization, garbage bins overflowing. Hey...More

Thank Richard A
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Do your research. They pro-rate the pricing based on busy/slower days. If you order online you save a few bucks and it tells you if they plan to be busy or not. It was drizzling when we went, but there are several indoor exhibits/activities there....More

Thank JoDee R
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Overall it is a pretty decent zoo, but beware of the gift shop. If the zoo closes at 5, they will pull the till out of the register and lock the doors exactly at 5 regardless if anyone is shopping. This happened to my wife...More

Thank bojangles7187
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We come to the Zoo once a year. It use to only be $14 an adult, but now it’s $17 and more than 5 habitats were closed that day! They should warn you ahead of time and discount tickets for situations like this, specifically because...More

Thank stephade2015
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My kids love this zoo. We have an annual pass. A little disappointed that they just raised the annual rate significantly from the previous year. We already pay a special property tax for the zoo. But back to the zoo. Penguins are always fun and...More

Thank travelin'couple
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a visit with my family. It’s a good place and Penguin Conservation Center is the most beautiful I found. Others were okay. Dianasoria is also good thrill for children. Parking Charges and entrance Fees seems much higher. Also it’s always good to book online...More

Thank Sukhram
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went a overcast Monday that turned int a beautiful hot sunny day. Not very crowded which was nice because I was bringing a 5and 2 1/2 year olds. It was the Monday after Mother's Days I was hoping for a light crowd. Manly small school...More

Thank Trish A
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Laszlo H
4 February 2018|
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Response from Susan K | Reviewed this property |
No, I'm sorry, only service animals are allowed at the zoo.
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Otj287
11 December 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
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Laura D
28 August 2017|
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Response from Sukhram | Reviewed this property |
you may find some place to hide if raining but not all over the zoo. better plan to carry an umbrella if rain is forecasted
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