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Detroit Zoo

See a white rhino, feed giraffes and visit the largest polar bear exhibit in the country at this popular family attractions.

The Detroit Zoo is home to more than 250 types of animals including Amur tigers, grizzly and polar bears, and red kangaroos. It’s a 125-acre (50-hectare) facility about 13 miles (21 kilometers) north of downtown.

Visit the African Grasslands habitat to see some of the planet’s most amazing wildlife. You’ll come across Simba, the zoo’s male lion, as well as two females, Bikira and Erin. There are also warthogs, giraffes, zebras, aardvarks and a pair of white rhinos.

Move on to the African Forest to watch exotic birds and some of our closest primate ancestors. You’ll see squawking spoonbills and a cast of other critters, but by far the habitat’s biggest attraction is the great apes of Harambee. See western lowland gorillas, drills and chimpanzees play within a faithfully re-created rainforest.

See Amur tigers, red pandas and a group of cheeky Japanese macaques at the Asian Forest. Discover the world Down Under at the Australian Outback habitat. Kids will love the barrier-free exhibits that let them get close to red kangaroos and wallabies.

Reptile fans should visit the snakes and crocodiles, among other species, at the Museum of Living Reptiles. You can also wander through the Amphibiville wetland to spot frogs and toads. Stroll through the butterfly garden and free-flight aviary where some of the planet’s prettiest creatures live.

You’ll see America’s largest polar bear exhibit at the Arctic Ring of Life. Walk through a 70-foot (21-meter) long clear-sided tunnel to watch three bears swim and splash above you. Find out what macaroni, rock-hopper and king penguins look like at the nearby Penguinarium.
 
The Detroit Zoo also has a Wildlife Interpretive Gallery, a 4-D cinema, a Wild Adventure Ride and a carousel for youngsters. You can park on site for a small fee, or take the Detroit SMART bus from downtown. It stops near the zoo, as well as other attractions. The zoo is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.


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Lodging Near Detroit Zoo

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Charming 1914 Home in the Heart of Royal Oak
Charming 1914 Home in the Heart of Royal Oak

Charming 1914 Home in the Heart of Royal Oak

, Royal Oak
     
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    Situated in Royal Oak, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Oak Music Theatre and Detroit Zoo. Red Oaks Waterpark and Somerset Collection are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    The Maple Leaf - 2BD Downtown Craftsman Style Flat
    The Maple Leaf - 2BD Downtown Craftsman Style Flat

    The Maple Leaf - 2BD Downtown Craftsman Style Flat

    , Royal Oak
       
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      Situated in Royal Oak, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Oak Music Theatre and Detroit Zoo. Red Oaks Waterpark and Somerset Collection are also within 9 mi (15 km).

      Hotel Royal Oak $95
      Hotel Royal Oak

      Hotel Royal Oak

      811 East 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 266 reviews
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        Located in the heart of Royal Oak, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Royal Oak Music Theatre and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Detroit Zoo. Red Oaks Waterpark is 4.3 mi (6.9 km) away.

        Newly Renovated Retreat Within 20 Minutes to 80% of Metro Detroit
        Newly Renovated Retreat Within 20 Minutes to 80% of Metro Detroit

        Newly Renovated Retreat Within 20 Minutes to 80% of Metro Detroit

        , Oak Park
           
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          Situated in Oak Park, this vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak Music Theatre, and Oakland Community College Southfield Campus. Lawrence Technological University and Red Oaks Waterpark are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Red Roof Inn Detroit - Warren $48
          Red Roof Inn Detroit - Warren

          Red Roof Inn Detroit - Warren

          26300 Dequindre Rd, Warren
             
            3.4
            of 5, from 770 reviews
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Located in the heart of Warren, this hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Red Oaks Waterpark and within 6 mi (10 km) of Detroit Zoo and Royal Oak Music Theatre. Oakland Community College Southfield Campus and Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Knights Inn Madison Heights Mi
            Knights Inn Madison Heights Mi

            Knights Inn Madison Heights Mi

            26091 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights
               
              1.8
              of 5, from 16 reviews
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              Situated in Madison Heights, this motel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Red Oaks Waterpark and within 6 mi (10 km) of Detroit Zoo and Royal Oak Music Theatre. Oakland Community College Southfield Campus and Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament are also within 9 mi (15 km).

              A Victory Suites Warren
              A Victory Suites Warren

              A Victory Suites Warren

              2020 Walter P. Reuther Drive, Warren
                 
                2.8
                of 5, from 150 reviews
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                Situated in Warren, this hotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Red Oaks Waterpark and within 6 mi (10 km) of Detroit Zoo and Royal Oak Music Theatre. Oakland Community College Southfield Campus and Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Welcome Warming Ranch House at Southfield
                Welcome Warming Ranch House at Southfield

                Welcome Warming Ranch House at Southfield

                , Southfield
                   
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                  of 5, from 1 reviews
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                  Situated in Southfield, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Oakland Community College Southfield Campus, Detroit Zoo, and Royal Oak Music Theatre. Lawrence Technological University and International Auto Components Headquarters are also within 6 mi (10 km).