Before purchasing your tickets, please review our updated safety guidelines here
All guests visiting the Detroit Zoo who are not Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) members, ages two and older, are required to have advance tickets. Buy ticket in advance for the best possible rate! A limited number of general admission tickets will be available at the gate each day with pricing of $19 per child or senior, and $23 per adult.
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GENERAL ADMISSIONAll guests visiting the Detroit Zoo who are not DZS members, ages two and older, are required to have advance tickets.
Adults (19 years – 64)
Includes tickets for Dinosauria, the 4D
theater and your choice of the train
MEMBER TICKETSReservations are no longer required for Detroit Zoological Society Members!
General Admission (All Ages)
Total Experience Package
Includes tickets for Dinosauria, the 4D
theater and your choice of the train
Detroit Zoo Safety Guidelines & Updates
Our goal is to provide a great Zoo experience in an environment that is as safe as possible for all. To maintain the health and safety of our guests, staff and endangered animals, there are a few safety guidelines and updates we would like you to review before your arrival.
Face masks are encouraged indoors for the well-being of each other, staff and the animals who call the Detroit Zoo home.
Detroit Zoological Society members are no longer required to book reservations to visit the Detroit Zoo during daytime hours. If you would like to purchase or renew a membership, click here.
BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
- All general admission guests are required to purchase their tickets in advance so that we can maintain capacity limits. Tickets can be purchased here. A limited number of general admission tickets will also be available at the gate each day with pricing of $19 per child or senior, and $23 per adult. The best way to guarantee your Detroit Zoo experience, at the best price, is to purchase your advance tickets today.
- After purchasing your tickets, you will receive an email with your digital ticket, safety details and a digital map, as the Zoo will not be providing paper maps. Please check your spam folder if you do not receive your tickets after making a reservation.
AS YOU ARRIVE
- The members-only entrance at Rackham Fountain is closed for the season.
- Parking is available in the surface lots and the parking structure.
- Please show your ID and membership card (if applicable) before presenting your digital or printed timed ticket to the booth attendant, who will scan it.
DURING YOUR VISIT
- The Polk Penguin Conservation Center is free with Detroit Zoo admission; however, entry to every guest is NOT GUARANTEED. To ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all guests, those planning to visit the Polk Penguin Conservation Center will join the organized queue line adjacent to the building entrance. Detroit Zoological Society memberships and advance admission tickets will not guarantee a pass to the Polk Penguin Conservation Center.
- Explore Zoo Treks for information about the animals and the habitats.
- Visitors are strictly prohibited from feeding any animal at the Detroit Zoo. Animals have specialized and nutritionally balanced diets, and throwing food and other objects into habitats risks their health and safety. Guests who violate this rule will be escorted from the Zoo.
- Please pay attention to the signs around the Zoo alerting you to any temporary closures as well as all the safety guidelines:
- EXPERIENCE UPDATES: Most indoor areas have reopened. Current exceptions include the Wild Adventure Zone and rhinoceros building.
- FOOD AND GIFT OPTIONS: Click here for food options. Click here for gift options. Credit or debit cards are strongly preferred as means of payment.
Knowledge regarding potential susceptibility of animals to COVID-19 continues to emerge, and DZS protocols adapt to include new information as it is available. We are taking proactive measures to limit any potential risk to animals who live at the Detroit Zoo as we continue to properly care for them. The DZS staff is wearing personal protective equipment while caring for certain species. Guests may notice temporary barriers in areas that might present a risk of transmission of COVID-19 from a guest to an animal. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding as we work to keep the animals at the Zoo healthy.
The safety protocols and reopening information were developed after reviewing scientific data, consulting with health experts, local officials and other zoos around the world. As a visitor, you are required to follow all of the safety guidelines established by the Detroit Zoological Society. COVID-19 is highly contagious and can cause severe illness and even death. Older adults and people who have underlying illnesses may be at greater risk for severe illness if they contract COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is still a risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 while in outdoor areas with other people, though it has been established that viruses do not, in general, survive sunlight/UV radiation for very long. When you visit the grounds of the Detroit Zoo, or any other public place, you are accepting there is a risk of exposure to COVID-19.
To limit the spread of COVID-19, everyone must share the responsibility of following safety guidelines to help keep themselves and others safe. When you make the choice to visit the Detroit Zoo, you represent that you are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have not tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks and have not been in direct personal contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last two weeks. While in the Zoo, you are expected to observe the DZS’s safety guidelines that are derived from the CDC, WHO and other experts. They are outlined above and posted throughout the Zoo and include wearing face coverings, following posted routes of circulation, physical distancing and adhering to sanitization requirements.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need advance tickets to visit the Detroit Zoo?
All general admission guests (two and older) are required to have a ticket prior to their visit in order to guarantee entry. A limited number of general admission tickets will be available at the gate each day with pricing of $19 per child or senior, and $23 per adult. The best way to guarantee your Detroit Zoo experience, at the best price, is to purchase your advance tickets today.
Do I have to wear a face mask when I visit?
- Face masks are encouraged indoors for the well-being of each other, staff and the animals who call the Detroit Zoo home.
- Face masks are for sale at the Detroit Zoo’s Zoofari Market.
Can I purchase advance tickets in person?
If you need ticket purchase assistance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 248-541-5717. Please be advised we are experiencing high traffic on our reservation site and through our call center. Please try again if you have issues. Thank you for your patience as we do our best to support all of our members and guests. A limited number of general admission tickets will also be available at the gate each day with pricing of $19 per child or senior, and $23 per adult. The best way to guarantee your Detroit Zoo visit is to book your visit in advance online.
Do I have to show up for my selected time and date slot?
Visitors purchasing general admission tickets will be required to pay a change fee per ticket to visit the Zoo on a different date.
How do I cancel my tickets?
All ticket purchases are non-refundable. Visitors purchasing general admission tickets will be required to pay a change fee per ticket to visit the Zoo on a different date.
Can I enter through the member-only entrance?
The members-only entrance at Rackham Fountain is closed for the season.
What are the dining and gift options available?
Is the Giraffe Encounter open?
For the safety of our animals, the Giraffe Encounter is temporarily unavailable.
Will convenience rentals be available?
Yes, convenience rentals are available. View our current list here.
Where can I find your full list of safety guidelines?
You can read the current safety guidelines at detroitzoo.org/health. We are updating the page often.
Can I find out which habitats are open prior to my visit?
Yes, check out Zoo Treks to find out which habitats and indoor areas are currently open.
Why aren’t visitors allowed to feed the animals?
Visitors are strictly prohibited from feeding any animal at the Detroit Zoo. Animals have specialized and nutritionally balanced diets, and throwing food and other objects into habitats risks their health and safety. Guests who violate this rule will be escorted from the Zoo.
Is the Polk Penguin Conservation Center open?
Yes! The Polk Penguin Conservation Center is currently open. For more information click here.
Can I bring my own food/picnic?
Yes, you can bring in your own food, non-alcoholic beverages and cooler. Grilling on Zoo grounds is prohibited. We have a large number of picnic tables throughout the Zoo for guest use, some of which are under tents. Feel free to sit at any that are not reserved.
Can I bring my dog/pet?
For the safety of your pet and our animals, pets are not allowed on Zoo grounds (including all parking lots).
Are you open during certain holidays or in the winter?
The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year; we are only closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Starting in October we switch to our winter hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).
I would like to have an event at the Zoo. How do I get information?
We offer a large variety of unique opportunities for private events. Please visit here for more information.
Can I rent an animal? Can I touch an animal?
Zoo animals are cared for by specially trained keepers who, in most cases, do not come in direct contact with them. So while it isn’t possible for anyone to pet a Zoo animal or volunteer to work with them, we do have a couple of suggestions. Also, our WildLife Preserver’s “Adopt-an-Animal” program allows you to make a donation in someone’s name. It is a symbolic adoption – the donation will be used for the care of the animals – and he or she will receive a certificate and information about the animal they love.
How long does it take to walk around the Zoo? How far is it?
The Zoo is 125 acres. If you walk all the primary pathways on the main route, it is a 1.7-mile trip. Adding in smaller paths increases your distance.