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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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Hyatt Place Detroit Royal Oak $159
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Hyatt Place Detroit Royal Oak

422 N. Main Street, Royal Oak, MI
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Royal Oak Music Theatre and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Detroit Zoo. The Rust Belt Market is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away. Royal Oak Station is 9 minutes by foot.

    Charming Rustic Modern House Near Detroit Zoo $450
    Charming Rustic Modern House Near Detroit Zoo

    Charming Rustic Modern House Near Detroit Zoo

    Pleasant Ridge, MI
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Pleasant Ridge, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of The Rust Belt Market, Detroit Zoo, and Royal Oak Music Theatre. Highland Park Ford Plant and Oakland Community College Southfield Campus are also within 6 mi (10 km). Royal Oak Station is 23 minutes by foot.

      Stunning Royal Oak Townhouse $115
      Stunning Royal Oak Townhouse

      Stunning Royal Oak Townhouse

      909 West 4th Street, Royal Oak, MI
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Royal Oak, this vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Royal Oak Music Theatre and 1 mi (1.6 km) from Detroit Zoo. The Rust Belt Market is 2.3 mi (3.6 km) away. Royal Oak Station is 9 minutes by foot.

        Beautiful Royal Oak Townhouse $100
        Beautiful Royal Oak Townhouse

        Beautiful Royal Oak Townhouse

        911 W 4th St, Royal Oak, MI
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Royal Oak, this vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Royal Oak Music Theatre and 1 mi (1.6 km) from Detroit Zoo. The Rust Belt Market is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away. Royal Oak Station is 9 minutes by foot.

          Walk to Downtown Royal Oak - Quiet Neighborhood - Cozy 2 Bed 1 Bath Bungalow
          Walk to Downtown Royal Oak - Quiet Neighborhood - Cozy 2 Bed 1 Bath Bungalow

          Walk to Downtown Royal Oak - Quiet Neighborhood - Cozy 2 Bed 1 Bath Bungalow

          Royal Oak, MI
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Royal Oak, this vacation home is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Royal Oak Music Theatre and 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Detroit Zoo. The Rust Belt Market is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away. Royal Oak Station is 20 minutes by foot.

            Hotel Royal Oak $106
            Hotel Royal Oak

            Hotel Royal Oak

            811 East 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Royal Oak, this motel is 0.8 mi (1.4 km) from Royal Oak Music Theatre and within 3 mi (5 km) of Detroit Zoo and The Rust Belt Market. Red Oaks Waterpark is 4.1 mi (6.6 km) away. Royal Oak Station is 15 minutes by foot.

              Hidden Gem in Royal Oak Downtown
              Hidden Gem in Royal Oak Downtown

              Hidden Gem in Royal Oak Downtown

              Royal Oak, MI
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Royal Oak, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Providence Hospital, Royal Oak Music Theatre, and Detroit Zoo. The Rust Belt Market and William Beaumont Hospital are also within 3 mi (5 km). Royal Oak Station is 10 minutes by foot.

                Downtown Royal Oak Luxury Apartment $70
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                Downtown Royal Oak Luxury Apartment

                Royal Oak, MI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Royal Oak, this apartment building is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Royal Oak Music Theatre and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Detroit Zoo. The Rust Belt Market is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away. Royal Oak Station is only a 3-minute walk.