Today at the Zoo

Today's Hours

10 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

Construction Updates

Things to Know

  • Detroit Zoo visitors may be able to catch a glimpse of little Jane in the Great Apes of Harambee. The baby chimpanzee (born July 14) may be challenging to spot as she’ll be nestled in mom’s arms. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as we continue to share photos and videos of this little cutie as she grows and explores her new world!
  • Save the planet one bus ride at a time when you “Zoom to the Zoo” on the SMART FAST Woodward express with a stop at the Detroit Zoo! This new partnership runs through September 30 and features a busload of perks – including a discount on admission, free fountain drinks and a free return bus ride.
  • Navigate the Zoo from the palm of your hand! Our new 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 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, September 24 – World Gorilla Day
    11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. – Great Apes of Harambee

    Tuesday, September 25
    11:30 a.m. – Birds in the Free-Flight Aviary
    1:30 p.m. – Snow monkeys

    Wednesday, September 26
    11:30 a.m. – Wildebeests
    1:30 p.m. – Western pond turtles in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center

    Thursday, September 27
    11:30 a.m. – Zebras
    1:30 p.m. – Flamingos

    Friday, September 28
    11:30 a.m. – Penguins in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center
    1:30 p.m. – Lions

    Saturday, September 29
    11:30 a.m. – Otters in the Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat
    12:30 p.m. – Flamingos
    1:30 p.m. – Polar bears in the Arctic Ring of Life
    2:30 p.m. – King brown snake in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
    3:30 p.m. – Mantellas in the National Amphibian Conservation Center

    Sunday, September 30
    11:30 a.m. – Grizzly bears
    12:30 p.m. – Chinese alligators in the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
    1:30 p.m. – Giraffes
    2:30 p.m. – Bald eagles
    3:30 p.m. – Japanese giant salamanders in the National Amphibian Conservation 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 […]

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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 daily

    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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    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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    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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    Giraffe Encounter

    Open Tuesdays through Sundays

    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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  • 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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    Jurassic Outpost

    Open September 8 and 9

    Visit the Jurassic Outpost and find a large variety of unique dinosaur-themed gifts as you exit Dinosauria.  

    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 daily through Labor Day

    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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    Starbucks

    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 daily

    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 daily • Subject to weather conditions

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

    Buddy’s Pizza

    Coming Soon

    Enjoy Buddy’s original Detroit-style square pizza along with fresh salads and local craft beer.

    Sweet Treats

    Open daily • 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 daily through Labor Day

    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 (Picnic Grove), across from the PlayVenture picnic site, next to the Arctic Outpost gift shop, and next to the Trading Post gift shop.  

    Prairie Farms Ice Cream

    Open daily

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

    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

    Open daily through Labor Day

    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 through Labor Day

    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


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    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.

    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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    Directions

    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

     

    Save the planet one bus ride at a time when you “Zoom to the Zoo” on the SMART FAST Woodward express with a stop at the Detroit Zoo! This new partnership runs through September 30 and features a busload of perks – including a discount on admission, free fountain drinks and a free return bus ride.

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