Today at the Zoo

Today's Hours

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Fall/winter hours

Hours / Schedule

General admission

Online Only

• $13-18 / Adults 19 years - 61
• $10-15 / Children, 2 years - 18 / Seniors, 62+ / Active military with ID
• Parking / $8

At Gate

• $18 / Adults 19 years - 61
• $15 / Children, 2 years - 18 / Seniors, 62+ / Active military with ID
• Parking / $8

Purchase Tickets

Construction Updates

  • The Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest is now open. The habitat has been dramatically transformed, with features that promote the red pandas’ well-being and offer exciting new experiences for guests. Learn more.
  • The Devereaux Tiger Forest is under construction and expected to open in the fall of 2019. The tigers are not viewable while work is underway. Learn more about this project.

Things to Know

  • Now open: Buddy’s Pizza at the Detroit Zoo! This 5,200-square-foot restaurant is serving up its iconic Detroit-style square pizza, along with a variety of other menu items. It seats 163 guests and offers picturesque views of the Zoo’s historic Rackham Fountain from the dining room, an outdoor patio and a rooftop terrace that boasts the highest vantage point in the Zoo. Buddy’s is open weekends only in January and February, from 11 a.m. until the Zoo closes.
  • Navigate the Zoo from the palm of your hand! Our interactive mobile map system called Detroit Zoo Treks offers guided routes through the Zoo’s 125 acres. Follow our new winter trek to see animals who are active during the colder months as well as the indoor areas where you can enjoy wildlife while staying warm. You can also choose among several timed treks, explore the Detroit Zoological Society’s long history of saving animals or maximize your step count with our Fitness Trek. Visit before or during your next visit.
  • As part of our award-winning Greenprint initiative, the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) no longer sells bottled water, a decision that is keeping 60,000 plastic bottles out of the waste stream annually. Visitors may bring their own water bottles or purchase inexpensive reusable bottles at Zoo concessions, which can be refilled for free at one of 21 filtered-water stations throughout the grounds. Additionally, the DZS no longer provides plastic bags for gift shop purchases; visitors are encouraged to bring their own bags or purchase wildlife-themed reusable bags at Zoofari Market, Arctic Outpost, Drake Passage Gifts or any of the souvenir stands.
  • Zookeeper Talks

    Zookeeper talks are held daily at various animal habitats, giving visitors a chance to interact with members of the animal care staff and learn about the animals. This schedule is updated weekly.

    Monday, January 21

    11:30 a.m. – Gorillas and chimpanzees in the Great Apes of Harambee

    1:30 p.m. – Bald eagles


    Tuesday, January 22

    11:30 a.m. – Aruba Island rattlesnake in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center

    1:30 p.m. – Polar bears in the Arctic Ring of Life


    Wednesday,  January 23

    11:30 a.m. – Penguins in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center

    1:30 p.m. – Chinese alligator in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center


    Thursday, January 24

    11:30 a.m. – Mantellas in the National Amphibian Conservation Center

    1:30 p.m. – Polar bears in the Arctic Ring of Life


    Friday, January 25

    11:30 a.m. – Butterflies in the Butterfly Garden

    1:30 p.m. – Gorillas in the Great Apes of Harambee


    Saturday, January 26

    11:30 a.m. – Otters in the Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat

    1:30 p.m. – Birds in the Free-Flight Aviary


    Sunday, January 27

    11:30 a.m. – Water monitor in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center

    1:30 p.m. – Giraffes


    Wildlife Adventure Stories

    Wonder what it’s like to live in Africa? Listen to stories from our education specialist about growing up in rural Africa and being a safari guide. You’ll hear tales about hippos, lions, gorillas and more! Wild Adventure Stories take place Tuesdays through Fridays, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., in the Discovery Studio on the second floor of the Ford Education Center.

  • Zoo Attractions

    Science On A Sphere

    Free with admission

    Science On a Sphere is an amazing spherical display system that projects dynamic simulations of the Earth, its atmosphere, oceans and land. Simply put, it’s a global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a 6-foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. It allows visitors to easily […]


    4-D Theater

    Closed for the season

    Part of the Detroit Zoo’s Wild Adventure Zone, the 126-seat 4-D Theater is the first and only theater of its kind at any Michigan zoo. Experience a variety of shows in the theater found inside the Ford Education Center.


    Simulator Ride

    Closed for the season

    Part of the Detroit Zoo’s Wild Adventure Zone, the Simulator Ride allows you to feel the action. The 30-person cabin moves and shakes along with the movie. Buckle up and enjoy the ride!



    Closed for the season

    Located adjacent to the Arctic Café is the 36-foot custom-made, wood-and-brass Carousel, adorned with 33 brilliant hand-carved, hand-painted figures, including traditional carousel horses as well as a colorful collection of other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, snakes, fish, seahorses, dinosaurs and an ADA-compliant peacock chariot.


    Tauber Family Railroad

    Closed for the season

    The Tauber Family Railroad, which was established in 1931, serves nearly half a million passengers each year.


    Rackham Fountain

    A top photo opp!

    The historic and famed Horace H. Rackham Memorial Fountain, located in the center of the Zoo, was built in 1939 and dedicated to the first president of the Zoological Commission.  The fountain features two 10-foot-tall bronze bears in a 75,000-gallon pool with life-sized sea lions, turtles and frogs and is one of the Zoo’s most-photographed attractions.


    Korman Tadpole PlayVenture

    Closed for the season

    In a day and age when kids and families are spending more screen time than outdoor time, the Korman PlayVenture is an outdoor space your kids won’t be able to pass up! Kids will be able to climb through a spider web, crawl through animal burrows and engage in imaginative play throughout the area. Native flowers […]


    Rissman PlayVenture

    Closed for the season

    Parents, you can cut yourself a break and let your kids have some fun on our Rissman PlayVenture. Our landscape team has done a tremendous job of enhancing and adding to the play area by landscaping with native plants and installing log steppers, toad stools and climbing rocks for kids to play on. We want everyone […]


    Giraffe Encounter

    Closed for the season

    Public feeding opportunities are available at the Giraffe Encounter, an elevated viewing platform overlooking the giraffe habitat, bringing guests to eye level with the Detroit Zoo’s tallest creatures.


  • Dining, Shops and Photos

    Zoofari Market

    Open daily

    Take home your favorite animal! Zoofari Market has a wide variety of plush animals, many of which you will see during your visit. Located at the main entrance/exit of the Zoo, this shop also has a great selection of eco-friendly products, stylish apparel, and popular souvenir keepsakes that will be the perfect reminder of your […]


    Drake Passage Gifts

    Open daily

    Located near the exit of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, Drake Passage Gifts offers a wide variety of penguin-themed plushes, gifts, toys, T-shirts, books, coffee mugs and other treasures to commemorate your expedition to Antarctica at the Detroit Zoo!  

    Arctic Outpost

    Closed for the season

    Specializing in arctic-related gifts not found anywhere else in the Zoo, this newly expanded store offers many different souvenir gifts, toys and plush. Located at the exit of the Arctic Ring of Life.  

    Arctic Café

    Open daily

    This cafeteria-style restaurant is the first of its kind across the country in a zoo or aquarium setting that is Green Certified by the Green Restaurant Association, having earned distinction for its eco-friendly practices. An expansive menu includes deli salads and sandwiches, traditional grill favorites, pizza and vegetarian options.



    Open daily

    The Detroit Zoo proudly serves Starbucks coffee! Start your day off with a latté or espresso and cool down in the afternoon with a specialty Frappaccino or iced coffee! Other Starbucks favorites are available including a variety of specialty Teavana Teas. Conveniently located inside the Arctic Café.

    Buddy’s Pizza

    Open weekends only at 11 a.m. in January and February

    This 5,200-square-foot eatery is serving up a variety of its iconic Detroit-style square pizzas, along with gluten-free pizza, antipasto salad, Buddy Brew and other cold beverages. It seats 163 guests and offers picturesque views of the Zoo’s historic Rackham Fountain from the dining room, an outdoor patio and a rooftop terrace that boasts the highest […]


    Safari Grill

    Closed for the season

    Similar to the Arctic Café, this location features gourmet Angus beef burgers, turkey burgers and veggie burgers. Safari Grill is located in the back of the Zoo across from the Africa Station.  

    American Coney Island

    Closed for the season

    A favorite with native Detroiters and visitors alike, the famous American Coney Island hot dog is now available at the Detroit Zoo! Located across from Rackham Fountain, the cafe serves favorites including chili cheese fries, gyros, and Greek salads as well as draft Michigan beer.

    Pure Greens

    Closed for the season

    Pure Greens offers a 100 percent vegan menu.  The eatery is located near the Arctic Café and Carousel.  

    Sweet Treats

    Closed for the season

    Cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth at this location with ice cream and Icees. Hand-poured funnel cakes are also available at this stand, located across from the bear dens at the west end of the Arctic Ring of Life.  

    Detroit Popcorn

    Closed for the season

    Located behind the National Amphibian Conservation Center near the playgrounds, this snack stop carries specialty popcorn from the local company of the same name, as well as ice-cold soft drinks, funnel fries, dippin’ dots and pretzel bites.

    Dippin’ Dots

    Closed for the season

    Taste this flash-frozen ice cream sensation in four convenient locations: next to the Polk Penguin Conservation Center (Picnic Grove), by the Rackham Fountain, next to the Arctic Outpost gift shop, and next to the snow monkey habitat.

    Prairie Farms Ice Cream

    Closed for the season

    This eatery features hand-dipped premium ice cream cones, milkshakes and floats.    

    Boardwalk Station

    Closed for the season

    Located along the main pathway between the river otters and the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Boardwalk Station offers soft pretzels, bacon and cheese fries, soft-serve ice cream, floats and more!

    Kaman’s Art Shoppes

    Closed for the season

    Kaman’s has various specialty carts throughout the Zoo that offer fun activities including face painting, caricatures, and photos. Located at the front gate, Rackham Fountain, and outside of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center.  


    Closed for the season

    Kaman’s Art Shoppes has photographers around the Zoo to take pictures of your group so you can focus on having fun.  Visit their website to pick up your photos.  You can also look for the photo booth just outside the entrance gates.  

  • Directions and Construction


    Detroit Zoo • 8450 W. 10 Mile Road, Royal Oak, MI 48067


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    Construction Updates

    Avoid the dreaded orange barrel (Aurantiaco cupa horribilis) … get up-to-the-minute road construction and traffic updates from Mi Drive.

    If you are traveling to the Zoo from the east, be advised that I-696 is closed from I-94 to I-75 until November 4, 2018.

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    Detroit Zoo - Local Driving DirectionsThe Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Woodward Avenue and 10 Mile Road (I-696).

    If you are traveling to the Zoo from the east, be advised that I-696 is closed from I-94 to I-75 until November 4, 2018.

    • I-696 is closed until November 4, 2018. If you are traveling from the east, take 12 Mile Road or 16 Mile Road to Woodward Avenue and head south.
    • From the west, take I-696 to Exit 16 for Woodward Avenue, Main Street, and the Detroit Zoo
    • From I-75 north or south, take Exit 61 to I-696 west; follow I-696 west to Exit 16
    • The Zoo is entered from either Woodward Avenue or 10 Mile Road; just look for the Detroit Zoo Water Tower



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