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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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Hotel Royal Oak

Hotel Royal Oak

811 East 11 Mile Rd, Royal Oak
3.7
of 5, from 217 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

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.

Entire Home in Charming Ferndale| 4 Bedrooms| Holds 10 Guests

Entire Home in Charming Ferndale| 4 Bedrooms| Holds 10 Guests

539 E Marshall St, Ferndale
4.9
of 5, from 7 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Ferndale, this vacation home is close to Detroit Zoo and Royal Oak Music Theatre. Area attractions also include Highland Park Ford Plant and Oakland Community College Southfield Campus.

$52
Red Roof Inn Detroit - Warren

Red Roof Inn Detroit - Warren

26300 Dequindre Rd, Warren
3.4
of 5, from 702 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Warren, this hotel is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Red Oaks Waterpark and within 6 mi (10 km) of Detroit Zoo and Royal Oak Music Theatre. Highland Park Ford Plant and Lawrence Technological University are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Knights Inn Madison Heights Mi

Knights Inn Madison Heights Mi

26091 Dequindre Rd, Madison Heights
1.8
of 5, from 16 reviews
1.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Madison Heights, this motel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Red Oaks Waterpark and within 6 mi (10 km) of Detroit Zoo and Royal Oak Music Theatre. Highland Park Ford Plant and Lawrence Technological University are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$80
A Victory Suites Warren

A Victory Suites Warren

2020 Walter P. Reuther Drive, Warren
2.9
of 5, from 143 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Warren, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Red Oaks Waterpark, Detroit Zoo, and Royal Oak Music Theatre. Highland Park Ford Plant and Lawrence Technological University are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Welcome Warming Ranch House at Southfield

Welcome Warming Ranch House at Southfield

29529 Marshall st, Southfield
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Southfield, this vacation home is in the same area as Lawrence Technological University, Detroit Zoo, and Royal Oak Music Theatre. Area attractions also include Oakland Community College Southfield Campus and Somerset Collection.

New! 3BR Southfield Home W/porch, Grill & Fire Pit

New! 3BR Southfield Home W/porch, Grill & Fire Pit

29689 North Rutherland Street, Southfield
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Southfield, this property is in the same area as Lawrence Technological University, Detroit Zoo, and Royal Oak Music Theatre. Area attractions also include Oakland Community College Southfield Campus and International Auto Components Headquarters.

$71
Hampton Inn Detroit/Madison Heights/South Troy

Hampton Inn Detroit/Madison Heights/South Troy

32420 Stephenson Hwy, Madison Heights
4.4
of 5, from 694 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the business district, this hotel is 2 mi (3.2 km) from Red Oaks Waterpark and within 6 mi (10 km) of Troy Historic Village and Royal Oak Music Theatre. Detroit Zoo and Somerset Collection are also within 9 mi (15 km).