Today at the Zoo

Today's Hours

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spring/summer hours

Hours / Schedule

General admission

Online Only

• $13-18 / Adults (19 years - 64)
• $10-15 / Children (2 - 18) / Seniors (65+) / Active military with ID
• Parking / $8


At Gate

• $18 / Adults (19 years - 64)
• $15 / Children (2 - 18) / Seniors (65+) / Active military with ID
• Parking / $8

Purchase Tickets

Construction Updates

  • The Devereaux Tiger Forest is under construction and expected to open this summer. Learn more about this project.

Things to Know

  • The Detroit Zoo will close on Friday, June 7 at 1 p.m. for Sunset at the Zoo
  • 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.
  • 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. 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 dzoo.org/treks 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, May 20
    11:30 a.m. – Japanese giant salamanders in the National Amphibian Conservation Center
    1:30 p.m. – Prairie dogs
    2:30 p.m. – Camels

    Tuesday, May 21
    11:30 a.m. – Otters in the Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat
    1:30 p.m. – Sandhill cranes

    Wednesday, May 22
    11:30 a.m. – Chinese alligator in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
    1:30 p.m. – Polar bears in the Arctic Ring of Life

    Thursday, May 23 – World Turtle Day
    11:30 a.m. – McCord’s box turtle in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
    1:30 p.m. – Western pond turtle in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
    2:30 p.m. – Egyptian tortoise in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center

    Friday, May 24
    11:30 a.m. – Mantellas in the National Amphibian Conservation Center
    1:30 p.m. – Wolves in the Cotton Family Wolf Wilderness

    Saturday, May 25
    11:30 a.m. – Seals in the Arctic Ring of Life
    1:30 p.m. – Chimpanzees in the Great Apes of Harambee
    2:30 p.m. – Penguins in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center

    Sunday, May 26
    11:30 p.m. – Japanese giant salamanders in the National Amphibian Conservation Center
    1:30 p.m. – Prairie dogs
    2:30 p.m. – Ostriches

    Monday, May 27
    11:30 a.m. – Anteaters
    1:30 p.m. – Bald eagles

     

    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

    Giraffe Encounter

    Open daily • Tickets $5 per person

    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.

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    4-D Theater

    Open weekends-only in April • Open daily May 1

    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.

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    Simulator Ride

    Open weekends-only in April • Open daily May 1

    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!

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    Carousel

    Open weekends-only in April • Open daily May 1

    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.

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    Tauber Family Railroad

    Back in track May

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

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    Korman Tadpole PlayVenture

    Free with admission

    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 […]

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    Rissman PlayVenture

    Free with admission

    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 […]

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    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.

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    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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    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

    Open on weekends

    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.

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    The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co.

    Open daily

    The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. is now brewing inside the Detroit Zoo. In addition to their signature espresso drinks, the coffee company is introducing its frozen cappuccino, the Polar Cap. This Detroit Zoo exclusive is brewed fresh and available for purchase in 12-oz. bags.

    Buddy’s Pizza

    Open daily

    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 […]

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    Wild Burger Detroit

    Open daily

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

    American Coney Island

    Open daily

    This favorite with native Detroiters and visitors alike is located across from Rackham Fountain. The café serves chili cheese fries, gyros and Greek salads as well as draft Michigan beer.

    Pure Greens

    Open on weekends

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

    Mitten Market Snack Shop

    Open on weekends

    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

    Open on weekends

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

    Dippin’ Dots

    Open on weekends

    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 Sweet Treats

    Open on weekends

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

    Boardwalk Station

    Open on weekends

    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

    Open on weekends

    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.  

    Photographs

    Open on weekends

    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

    Address

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



    Construction Updates

    Construction Updates

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

    Mi Drive

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

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    Detroit Zoo - Local Driving Directions

    Directions

    The 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 from the east, take I-696 to Exit 16 for Woodward Avenue, Main Street and the Detroit Zoo.
    • 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

    The 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 from the east, take I-696 to Exit 16 for Woodward Avenue, Main Street and the Detroit Zoo.
    • 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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