Today at the Zoo

Today's Hours

9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Spring/summer hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hours / Schedule

General admission

Online Only

• $14-19 / Adults (19 years - 64)
• $10-15 / Children (2 - 18) / Seniors (65+) / Active military with ID
• Parking / $8
All guests ages 2 and up are required to have a reservation prior to their visit.


At Gate

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

*A limited number of general admission tickets will be available at the gate each day. The best way to guarantee your Detroit Zoo visit is to book your visit in advance online.

Plan Your Visit

Support

Help the Detroit Zoological Society as we continue to care for and save wildlife. Get 100% of your yearly dose of Vitamin Z by purchasing a membership to the Detroit Zoological Society or please consider making a donation to support our mission. We are grateful for your support during this unprecedented time.


Health Updates

The Detroit Zoo is happy to welcome you back! There are a few safety guidelines and Zoo updates we would like you to review before your arrival. Learn More.


Construction Updates

  • The Polk Penguin Conservation Center is expected to reopen in the Fall. Learn more.

Things to Know

  • The DZS is currently limiting capacity at the Detroit Zoo over our 125 acres. We are closely monitoring the situation and will decide when to increase capacity limits in the days and weeks ahead.
  • All visitors, including members, must secure a reservation on our website prior to visiting so that we can maintain capacity limits and ensure touchless transactions. Reservations can be booked here.
  • The members-only entrance at Rackham Fountain is open Saturdays and Sundays.
  • The Detroit Zoological Society has revised safety protocols. Regardless of vaccination status, face masks are required indoors for people age five and older. It is our goal to make the Zoo experience one that is safe for our visitors, staff and animals. Let’s work together.  Please be respectful, help each other and help protect the endangered animals.
  • All outdoor areas of the Zoo are accessible with the exception of the prairie dog bubbles and giraffe viewing deck. Indoor areas are gradually reopening. The Detroit Zoo currently has one-third of its pre-pandemic volunteer base. More buildings within the Zoo will reopen as staffing allows.
  • 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. 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.
  • Taking The Bus?

    SMART and the Detroit Zoo have a plan to make your trip quick, easy and affordable.

    • From the north/south, take Routes 461/462 or 450/460.
    • From the east/west, take Route 730 or 740 (Sundays only).

    Did you know that using public transportation is one of the most effective actions you can take to reduce your carbon footprint?  As a thank you for helping the environment by Zooming to the Zoo, you will receive $2 off of admission, free fountain drinks, and a free ride home. For more information, visit SMART’s Zoom to the Zoo page.

    For more information on SMART public transportation, see SMART’s Trip Planner.

  • Zookeeper Talks and Animal Feeds

    Zookeeper talks are temporarily unavailable.

    BLACK – ZOOKEEPER TALKS
    BLUE – FEEDING/ENRICHMENT  

  • Zoo Attractions

    Zoo Experiences

    Back in action soon

    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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    4D Theater

    Back in action soon

    Part of the Detroit Zoo’s Wild Adventure Zone, the 126-seat 4D 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

    Back in action soon

    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

    Carousel is temporarily closed, back in action soon

    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

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

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    Korman Tadpole PlayVenture

    Back in action soon

    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

    Open Daily

    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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  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Do I need a reservation to visit the Detroit Zoo?

    Yes, all visitors (two and older) are required to have a reservation prior to their visit in order for us to maintain capacity limits within the Detroit Zoo. The reservation requirement will end soon.

     

    Do I have to wear a face mask when I visit?
    • The Detroit Zoological Society has revised safety protocols. Regardless of vaccination status, face masks are required indoors for people age five and older. It is our goal to make the Zoo experience one that is safe for our visitors, staff and animals. Let’s work together.  Please be respectful, help each other and help protect the endangered animals.
    • We all have a shared responsibility to keep guests, volunteers, staff and the animals who live here safe. Guests who do not comply with the Detroit Zoo’s policies may be escorted from the Zoo.
    • Face masks are for sale at the Detroit Zoo’s Zoofari Market.

    Does purchasing a membership automatically guarantee me a specific reservation at the Detroit Zoo?

    Temporarily, due to the pandemic and capacity limits within the Detroit Zoo, purchasing a membership does not guarantee you will be able to select any time and date slot to visit. While you may see openings for general admission tickets, that may not necessarily mean membership slots are available for those same dates and times. General admission tickets are available in order to give people who may not be able to afford a membership a chance to visit. However, we continue to open up date and time slots for members each day.


    Why are there general ticket slots available?

    General ticket admission is currently available because we don’t want to exclude anyone from visiting who may not be able to afford a DZS membership. Each day, we open up more date and time slots for members. You will be able to visit your Detroit Zoo, we just ask that you check detroitzoo.org/reservations often.


    If I’m a member, can I book more than one reservation at a time?

    Currently, we’re asking members to only make a reservation once every two weeks in order to give other members the chance to visit.


    Can I make a reservation in person?

    All guests are required to make an advance reservation prior to their visit. If you need reservation assistance, please contact us at info@dzs.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 $15 per child or senior, and $19 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?

    Please only make a reservation for a day and time you are planning to come. Unfortunately, we have a high percentage of members who are not showing up for their reservations, which is preventing other members from visiting.
    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 reservation?

    Members can fill out the form here or email info@dzs.org to cancel reservations. Please provide your order confirmation number.

    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 open Saturdays and Sundays.


    What are the dining and gift options available?

    Click here for dining options. Click here for gift options. Credit or debit cards are strongly preferred as means of payment to reduce transmission risk of handling cash.


    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 temporarily closing for repairs?

    The Polk Penguin Conservation Center is expected to reopen in Fall 2021.


    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.


    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.

  • Dining, Shops and Photos

    Detroit Popcorn

    Currently Closed

    Be sure to refill your ICEE souvenir cup one last time on the way out or grab some fresh popped popcorn for the road home. We recently refreshed our relationship with the new owners of Detroit Popcorn Company.

    Detroit Zoo Online Store

    Open 24/7 online

    If you are looking to bring a piece of the Zoo to you, the Zoofari Market has gone digital! Explore our online shop to find a great selection of eco-friendly products, stylish apparel and unique souvenir keepsakes.

    The Trading Post

    Closed for the season

    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 9 AM - Close

    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 for construction

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

    Arctic Outpost

    Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    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.  

    Table 28 (formerly Arctic Café)

    Open daily, 11 a.m. to close

    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.

    Cup & Pint (formerly The Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co.)

    Open daily, 10 a.m. to close

    In partnership with Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, part of Table 28 features espresso, hot coffee, draft cold & nitro brew coffee as well as local draft beer.

    Buddy’s Pizza

    Open daily, 11 a.m. to close

    The best place for Detroit-style pizza is where it was invented. Buddy’s Pizza offers pizza by the slice, 8-square pizzas, breadsticks, salads, desserts, craft beer and other cold beverages. 

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    Wild Burger Detroit

    Closed for the Season

    This location features snacks and cold beverages. Wild Burger Detroit is located in the back of the Zoo across from the Africa Train Station. Patio seating is available.

    American Coney Island

    Open Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    This favorite with native Detroiters and visitors alike is located across from Rackham Fountain. The restaurant serves Detroit-style chili dogs, chili-cheese fries, as well as draft Michigan beer. Be sure to sit in the shade at the new DTE Solar Pavilion located behind American Coney Island.

    Za’atar Mediterranean Street Food

    Closed for the Season

    This Mediterranean style restaurant serves up salads, wraps and a delicious vegan grain bowl. Be sure to enjoy our shaded and relaxing patio located behind the carousel.  

    Mitten Market Snack Shop

    Open Weekends, 11 a.m. to Close

    Located between the Arctic Ring of Life and Grizzly Bears, this is the perfect location to cool down and quench your thirst with ICEE Mix-it-up, dole whip, soft drinks. If you need a snack we offer funnel fries, dessert poutine and soft pretzels.

    Dippin’ Dots

    Open Weekends, 10 a.m. to Close

    Taste this flash-frozen ice cream sensation in 3 convenient locations: On the Rackham Fountain, near snow-monkeys, and next to Arctic Outpost near the exit of the Arctic Ring of Life.

    Cup and Cone

    Closed for the Season

    Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Co. coffee and for the sweet tooth try our hard scoop ice cream or a milkshake. If you can’t decide, try a Polar Cap – ice cream and cold Brew coffee blended together. Located between on mall road next to the carousel.

    Boardwalk Station

    Open daily, 9 a.m. to Close

    Located along the main pathway between the Edward S. Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat and the Holden Reptile Conservation Center, Boardwalk Station offers soft pretzels, bacon-and-cheese fries, ICEE’s and more.

    Kaman’s Art Shoppes

    Caricatures 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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