Today at the Zoo

Today's Hours

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Spring/summer hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., open until 8 p.m. on Wednesdays in July and August

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 Polk Penguin Conservation Center is closed through mid-June 2020 for repairs. Learn more.

Things to Know

  • The Devereaux Tiger Forest is now open! Learn more.
  • The Zoo will close at 2 p.m. on October 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27 to prepare for Zoo Boo.
  • Interested in viewing a seal meal, macaque snack, wildebeest feast or bear brunch? Click on the Zookeeper Talks link below for a schedule of otterly delightful opportunities to watch as our residents are offered nutritious, delicious food prepared in the Zoo’s commissary.
  • 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 and Animal Feeds

    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.

    Interested in viewing a seal meal, macaque snack, wildebeest feast or bear brunch? Join us at the times below (noted with an asterisk) for otterly delightful opportunities to watch as our residents are offered nutritious, delicious food prepared in the Zoo’s commissary.

    This schedule is updated weekly.

    Monday, September 16
    10:30 a.m. – Grizzly bears
    11:30 a.m. – Sandhill cranes
    1:30 p.m. – Chimpanzees in the Great Apes of Harambee
    3:30 p.m. – Wolverines

    Tuesday, September 17
    *10:30 a.m. – Camel enrichment
    *11 a.m.Seal training in the Arctic Ring of Life
    11:30 a.m. – Otters in the Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat
    *12:30 p.m. – Great apes midday fruit in the Great Apes of Harambee
    1:30 p.m. – Bald eagles

    Wednesday, September 18
    11:30 a.m. – Chinese alligators in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
    *11:30 a.m. – Vulture enrichment
    *Noon – Giraffe browse feed
    1:30 p.m. – Camels
    *1:30 p.m. – Chinese alligator feed in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
    *2 p.m. – Polar bear enrichment in the Arctic Ring of Life
    *2:30 p.m. – Dart frog feed in the National Amphibian Conservation Center

    Thursday, September 19
    *11 a.m. – Seal training in the Arctic Ring of Life
    11:30 a.m. – Flamingos
    *12:30 p.m. – Great apes midday fruit in the Great Apes of Harambee
    1:30 p.m. – Polar bears in the Arctic Ring of Life
    *1:30 p.m. – Grizzly bear enrichment
    *2 p.m. – Stork enrichment

     Friday, September 20
    11:30 a.m. – Ostriches
    *Noon – Zebra enrichment
    1:30 p.m. – Chimpanzees in the Great Apes of Harambee
    *1:30 p.m. – Polar bear enrichment in the Arctic Ring of Life
    *2 p.m. – Rhino enrichment
    *2:30 p.m. – Dart frog feed in the National Amphibian Conservation Center

    Saturday, September 21 – International Red Panda Day
    11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Red Pandas in the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest
    *11 a.m. – Free-Flight Aviary feed
    *11:30 a.m. – Polar bear enrichment in the Arctic Ring of Life
    *12:30 p.m. – Great apes midday fruit in the Great Apes of Harambee
    *2 p.m. – Otter enrichment in the Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat
    *3 p.m. – Lemur enrichment
    *3:30 p.m. – Wolverine enrichment

    Sunday, September 22 –  World Rhino Day
    11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Rhinos
    *10:30 a.m. – Pelican feed
    *11 a.m. – Grizzly bear enrichment
    *1:30 p.m. – Chinese alligator feed in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
    *2:30 p.m. – Dart frog feed in the National Amphibian Conservation Center*
    *3 p.m. – Seal training in the Arctic Ring of Life

    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

    Zoo Experiences

    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 daily

    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 daily

    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

    Open daily

    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

    The Trading Post

    Open Friday to Sunday

    Located across from the rhino habitat, the Trading Post offers a wide product line that features fair trade and eco-friendly products from around the world as well as from Michigan.

    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

    Closed

    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 Friday to Sunday

    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 Thursday to Sunday

    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

    Closed

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

    Mitten Market Snack Shop

    Open Friday to Sunday

    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 daily

    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 Daily

    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 daily

    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 daily

    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.

    Mi Drive


    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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