What to Do at the Zoo in Detroit, Michigan

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Want an adventure while staying in Detroit? Visit the Detroit Zoo and experience the wild firsthand! Their hours of operation are 10am to 4pm daily, with an admission fee of $19 for adults aged 19-64, $15 for children aged 2-18, $15 for Seniors over 65, $15 for Military with ID, either active, retired, or veterans, only residents of Macomb, Wayne, and Oakland counties only. Parking is $8. Alternately, you can purchase a membership to the Detroit Zoo, which begin at $63 for an individual, $95 for a couple, $85 for a single parent or grandparent, or $109 for a family. All tickets and memberships can be purchased online at the link provided below.

In order to minimize crowds at the zoo, tickets must be reserved online for your visit, including for members. Simply show up at your ticketed time, and you’ll walk right in!

A free online birdwatching class is offered from the zoo once a month through May, and registration is to be made online. Once you register for these classes, a link to the Zoom class will be emailed to you. This class offers all the information you need to become an expert birdwatcher, from how to use field guides, binoculars, and identifying the birds you see.

The up-close-and-personal animal encounters at the Detroit Zoo have been discontinued for the time being. Guests 5 and up must wear masks at all times. All attractions are closed as well, but all exhibits are available for guests. The famed Rackham Fountain, however, remains open and available for photo ops.

Shops at the Detroit Zoo are open, and you will be able to purchase your favorite souvenir to commemorate your visit, from apparel to plushies, to toys, to sports bottles, to books, to hats, to figurines and more! If you want to purchase your items online, the Detroit Zoo website is open for any purchases you wish to make.

The Detroit Zoo website also offers free webcams to watch your favorite animals wherever you happen to be! Webcams are available for the North American River Otters, the penguins, the giraffes, the snow monkeys, and the prairie dogs. Be sure to tune in and see what all the animals are up to!

If you’d like to host your next private event at the Detroit Zoo, you may contact them directly from their website and ask what packages are available. Whether celebrating a birthday, a wedding, or a company picnic, the zoo is a perfect backdrop to celebrate with family and friends. Alternately, if you have a band, you might just be able to play the zoo! They also have an opportunity on their website to request an event as an entertainer. Don’t miss this excellent opportunity.

While many of the extras of the Detroit Zoo are closed, you’ll still have a roaring good time seeing all the animals on display. Come on down and have an adventure today!

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