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 - 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

Things to Know

  • The Australian Outback Adventure and Arctic Café are temporarily closed due to the weather. American Coney Island will be open with a limited menu.
  • The Association of Zoos and Aquariums already named the Polk Penguin Conservation Center the best zoo exhibit – now you can too! Click here, vote and share this link every day through April 30 (you can do so from multiple browsers and devices too!):
  • At this time of year, certain animals may be outdoors and viewable to guests intermittently as weather dictates, e.g., anteaters, bush dogs, warthogs, chimpanzees, etc. These animals may not be visible on cold mornings but could possibly be seen outdoors later in the day as temperatures rise.
  • Portions of the Arctic Ring of Life are temporarily inaccessible due to improvements being made to the facility. Guests may view the tundra side of the polar bear’s habitat while work is underway. The seals are not viewable.
  • Pardon our dust as we expand the grizzly bear habitat. The “boys” – Mike, Thor and Boo – can be seen in the rear bear den during construction.
  • Construction is underway on the 4,434-square-foot Buddy’s Pizza near Rackham Fountain. Learn more about this exciting new eatery.
  • Please excuse the inconvenience as you navigate the pathway around the red panda and tiger habitats – both are undergoing renovations and expansions as we create an engaging new space for the animals and exciting experiences for guests. Learn more about the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest and the Devereaux Tiger Forest.
  • The Rainforest Immersion Gallery in the National Amphibian Conservation Center is closed for renovations. It is being converted into a new habitat for the Japanese giant salamanders. The animals – including the agouti, stingray and turtles – have been moved to areas behind the scenes and will not be viewable to the public. Homer the sloth has been moved to a new home near the rhinos and snow monkeys.
  • As part of our award-winning Greenprint initiative, the Detroit Zoo 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 Zoo 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, April 16

    11:30 a.m. – Pacific pond turtles in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center

    1:30 p.m. –Prairie dogs

    Tuesday, April 17

    11:30 a.m. – Horses in the Barn

    1:30 p.m. – Snow monkeys

    Wednesday, April 18

    11:30 a.m. – Arctic foxes in the Arctic Ring of Life

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

    Thursday, April 19

    11:30 a.m. – Borneo eared frogs in the National Amphibian Conservation Center

    1:30 p.m. – Plated lizards in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center

    Friday, April 20

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

    1:30 p.m. – Rhinos

    Saturday, April 21

    11:30 a.m. – Grizzly bears

    1:30 p.m. – Splendid mantella in the National Amphibian Conservation Center

    Sunday, April 22

    11:30 a.m. – Barn owl

    1:30 p.m. – Red pandas

  • Zoo Attractions


    May 25 - September 3

    Forty lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that snarl and move – and some that spit – will provide a mega-dose of Vitamin Z. Dinosauria is the largest dinosaur exhibit of its kind in the country. Enter a veritable “Zoorassic World” as you travel back in time along a lush, winding, 5-acre DinoTrail recreating prehistoric life. Enormous primeval creatures […]


    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

    Open On Weekends

    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

    Open On Weekends

    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!



    Open on weekends • Subject to weather conditions

    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

    Open on weekends • Subject to weather conditions

    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

    Free with admission • Open subject to weather

    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

    Free with admission • Open subject to weather

    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 Tazo Teas. Conveniently located inside the Arctic Café.

    Safari Grill

    Open on weekends • Subject to weather conditions

    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

    Open daily • Subject to weather conditions

    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

    Open on weekends • Subject to weather conditions

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

    Sweet Treats

    Open on weekends • Subject to weather conditions

    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 • Subject to weather conditions

    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 and pretzel bites.

    Dippin’ Dots

    Open daily • Subject to weather conditions

    Taste this flash-frozen ice cream sensation in four convenient locations: next to the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, across from the PlayVenture picnic site, next to the Arctic Outpost gift shop, and next to the Trading Post gift shop.

    Boardwalk Station

    Open daily • Subject to weather conditions

    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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    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).

    • From the east and 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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