Today at the Zoo

Today's Hours

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. | Gates close at 4:30 p.m.

Fall/winter hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hours / Schedule

General admission

Online Only

• $14-24 / General Admissions (13 years - 64)
• $12-21 / Youth (2 - 12) / 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

• $27 / Adults (13 years - 64)
• $24 / Children (2 - 12) / Seniors (65+) / Active military with ID
• Parking / $8

*Buy early and save by purchasing your tickets 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.


Things to Know

  • 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 reusable aluminum Aquafina 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.

  • Zoo Attractions

    4D Theater

    Experiences coming 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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    Carousel

    Open

    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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    Korman Tadpole PlayVenture

    Open daily (weather dependent)

    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 (weather dependent)

    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

    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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    Zoo Experiences

    Experiencing animals in their habitats puts you and your family at the heart of Celebrating and Saving Wildlife and Wild Places.

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    Science On A Sphere

    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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    Tauber Family Railroad

    Closed for the season

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

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    Giraffe Encounter

    Closed for the season

    An encounter like no other on an elevated viewing platform that overlooks the giraffe habitat and brings guests to eye level with the tallest creatures at the Zoo.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions
    Do I need advance tickets to visit the Detroit Zoo?

    All general admission guests (two and older) are encouraged to have a ticket prior to their visit in order to guarantee entry. Walk-up general admission tickets are available at the gate each day with pricing of $24 per child or senior, and $27 per adult. The best way to guarantee your Detroit Zoo experience, at the best price, is to purchase your advance tickets today.

     


    Can I purchase advance tickets in person?

    Walk-up general admission tickets are available at the gate each day with pricing of $24 per child or senior, and $27 per adult.


    Do I have to show up for my selected time and date slot?

    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 tickets?

    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 near Rackham Fountain is closed for daily operations.


    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 latest information please visit: Giraffe Encounter


    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 open?

    Yes! The Polk Penguin Conservation Center is currently open. For more information click here.


    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 (including all parking lots).


    Are you open during certain holidays or in the winter?

    The Detroit Zoo is open year-round. For more information please visit: Hours / Schedule


    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.


    Lost and Found?

    If you have lost an item at the Detroit Zoo, please submit the following form. You will receive an email confirmation that your submission has been received. Once we receive your form, we will do our best to help you locate your lost item and return it to you.

  • Dining, Shops and Photos

    NEW! Griffin Claw Pub

    Closed for the season

    Whether you’re taking a break from exploring the Zoo or simply seeking a place to relax, Griffin Claw Pub welcomes you. The Pub offers a variety of local brews from Griffin Claw Brewing Company, including a few Zoo-exclusive flavors! From hoppy ales to refreshing vodka sodas, you’re sure to find the drink to quench your […]

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    NEW! Marilyn’s

    10am – 4 pm weekends only *weather dependent*

    Detroit-based, Marilyn’s is a food cafe specializing in fresh, organic smoothies and superfruit bowls. Indulge in vibrant and nourishing delights, crafted with love and packed with goodness. Treat yourself to a healthy and delicious experience that will leave you feeling energized and satisfied.

    Old World Snacks

    12pm – 6pm weekends only

    Since 1984, Old World Snacks has been a Detroit favorite, offering a unique selection of Bavarian-style roasted nuts. Whether you crave the sweetness of candied almonds, the savory satisfaction of salted cashews or the classic flavor of roasted peanuts, Old World Snacks brings you a taste of tradition that is truly one-of-a-kind.

    Zoofari Market

    Open Daily 10am-close I Located near the main gates

    Take home your favorite animal! We’ve got a zoo-load of plush animals, just like the ones you’ll meet here. Plus, don’t miss our eco-friendly gear, trendy threads and must-have souvenirs to remember your wild adventure at the Detroit Zoo!

    Drake Passage Gifts

    Open Daily 10 a.m. to close I Located inside the Polk Penguin Conservation Center

    Dive into Drake Passage Gifts, right by the exit of the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. We’ve got everything penguin-themed – plushies, souvenirs, T-shirts, books, mugs and more. It’s the perfect way to remember your Antarctic expedition at the Detroit Zoo!  

    Arctic Outpost

    Open Weekends 11 am- 4 pm I Located near the Arctic Ring of Life

    Chill out with our coolest store! Discover Arctic-inspired treasures you won’t find anywhere else in the Zoo. Souvenirs, toys and cuddly plushies galore await you at the exit of the Arctic Ring of Life.  

    Table 28

    11 am- 4pm 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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    Cup & Pint

    Closed for the season

    In partnership with Great Lakes Coffee Roasting Company, Cup & Pint delivers a heavenly union of espresso, hot coffee, and draft cold & nitro brew coffee. Take a moment to appreciate the art of coffee-making while sipping on your favorite brew. For those seeking something stronger, Cup and Pint offers a selection of local draft […]

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    Buddy’s Pizza

    11am -4pm weekends only

    When it comes to Detroit-style pizza, there’s only one place to go — the birthplace itself! Buddy’s Pizza invites you to experience the true taste of this beloved local specialty. Bite into a slice of culinary history or dive into an eight-square pizza, perfectly crispy and loaded with flavor. Pair your slice with delectable breadsticks, […]

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    Wild Burger Detroit

    Closed for the season

    Venture to the back of the Zoo and discover Wild Burger Detroit. Sink your teeth into juicy burgers, savor crispy chicken tenders and indulge in an array of delightful snacks and cold beverages. Find your spot on the patio and let the vibrant atmosphere enhance your dining experience — the perfect pit stop for a […]

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    Coney Corner

    10am – 3 pm weekends only *weather dependent*

    Coney Corner pays homage to Detroit’s legendary chili dogs. Sink your teeth into a Detroit-style chili dog or savor the cheesy goodness of chili-cheese fries. Wash it all down with a draft Michigan beer as you bask in the shade of the new DTE Solar Pavilion, situated just behind Detroit-Style Coney Dogs.

    Mitten Market Snack Shop

    11 am – 4pm weekends only *weather dependent*

    Find respite at the Mitten Market Snack Shop. Quench your thirst with ICEEs or soft drinks, and indulge in soft pretzels or mouthwatering bear tracks — fried dough sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. Take a moment to refresh and recharge as you soak in the ambiance of this cool, inviting spot.

    Dippin’ Dots

    10am- 4pm weekends only *weather dependent*

    Cool off with a dose of nostalgia at Dippin’ Dots, the mesmerizing flash-frozen ice cream sensation. Three convenient locations await — near the Rackham Fountain, beside the Japanese macaque habitat and next to Arctic Outpost near the exit of the Arctic Ring of Life. Treat yourself to a unique and delightful frozen treat that will […]

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    Boardwalk Station

    10am- 4pm weekends only *weather dependent*

    Boardwalk Station beckons with an array of delightful treats. Relish soft pretzels, satisfy your bacon-and-cheese fry cravings and cool off with refreshing ICEEs. Recharge and keep the adventure going with a quick visit to this convenient oasis of flavors.

    Kaman’s Art Shoppes

    Open daily I Multiple locations

    Step up the fun factor with Kaman’s specialty carts! Get your face painted, snag a quirky caricature or snap some awesome pics. Find them at the front gate, Rackham Fountain and outside the Polk Penguin Conservation Center.  

    Photographs

    Open daily I Multiple locations

    Say cheese without the hassle! Kaman’s photographers will capture your Zoo adventures so you can focus on the 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
  • Animal Engagement Schedule
    Deepen your connection with the animals who call the Detroit Zoo home!

    From zookeeper chats to special animal care trainings to opportunities to see the animals eat their nutritious diets and more, we have a full schedule of engagements sure to educate, inspire and connect. Get tickets and visit today!

    Animal engagements are public and included with Zoo admission. No registration required.

     

  • Convenience Rentals
    • Single Stroller – $8
    • Double Stroller – $12
    • Wagon – $12
    • Wheelchair – $10
      (valid driver’s license required as deposit)
    • Electric Convenience Vehicle (ECV)** – $30
      (valid driver’s license required as deposit – reservations NOT accepted.)

    ** There are a limited number of ECVs available for rental.  Personal units are allowed and recommended.

    Single and double strollers, wagons, wheelchairs and Electronic Convenience Vehicles (ECV) are available for rent at the Main Train Station (near the front of the park) and at the Africa Train Station (in the far corner of the park when the train is operating). Rented items cannot be taken on the Tauber Family Railroad.