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  • Detroit Zoo
    Visitors can take a trip around the world with the Detroit Zoo's 125 acres of exhibits featuring everything from Japanese macaque snow monkeys to kaleidoscopes of butterflies. Some exhibits bring guests into direct contact with the collection of more than 2,600 animals, including the giraffe encounter, where guests can feed the animals. Conversely, the zoo's 4-D theater takes the animal experience into the realm of cinema, blending 3-D wildlife films with in-theater special effects for a more immersive experience. Still, the zoo continues to push forward with new innovations?not by teaching its birds to blog, but by opening a pair of new habitats in 2015. The first is a new, two-acre wolf sanctuary that features meadows, dens, and rock outcroppings that mirror wolves' natural environment. The other impending expansion, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, will house the zoo's rockhopper, Gentoo, macaroni, and king penguins in a spacious iceberg-shaped building with a 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep swimming area where visitors can observe the birds underwater.
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    8450 West 10 Mile Road
    Royal Oak, MI US
  • African Safari Wildlife Park
    Vehicles leisurely roll across African Safari Wildlife Park's landscape, yielding to a host of friendly creatures. Camels, giraffes, zebras, forest-dwelling bongos, Asian sika deer, and Scottish highland cows await you. Guests can hold cups filled with feed, which exotic muzzles devour, and a walking area provides an up-close look at enclosed species such as the rare white alligator. Warm-weather months bring out additional activities, including animal rides, pig races, and educational animal shows where guests can interact with small animals. Food and beverages from African Safari's ice-cream shop and snack bar help sate midday hungers caused by watching a guanaco sneeze.
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    267 S Lightner Rd.
    Port Clinton, OH US
  • Real Promotions and Events - Michigan Kids Fest
    Whether hailing from across the street or across the world, a craft brew savored at Polar Beer Club comes with a side of live music, a bevvy of good food, and plenty of new friends. Produced by Royal Oak Farmers Market in conjunction with Ultimate Fun Productions, the event highlights more than 125 beers, from more than 50 independent breweries, along with ciders, wines, and spirits. As bands Kaleido and Cosmic Groove fill the air with music, attendees savor samples, full-sized pours, and eats from four vendors. Giant Jenga, Birdy Golf, and other games entertain the young at heart, while 10 retail vendors sling quirky gifts.
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    2325 Joslyn Court
    Orion Township, MI US
  • Great Lakes Zoological Society
    While visiting the Great Lakes Zoological Society's indoor reptile zoo, guests take in animal sights that tend to deceive at first glance. A rough-barked indoor tree, upon closer inspection, may actually be a snake craftily blending in. Lizards, tortoises, and tarantulas populate similar enclosures, resting atop logs suspended over ponds or within forest-floor greenery. The nonprofit indoor zoo houses more than 100 animals representing over 70 species, including reptiles, amphibians, insects, arachnids, and birds, that help teach visitors about their habitats. Along the way, guides invite visitors to meet colorful residents such as a reticulated python weighing over 150 pounds, two 90-pound Sulcata tortoises, and monitor lizards that extend over 5 feet. Zoo staff members also lead groups deeper into the study of their creatures during classroom visits, where children learn about ecological conservation, how to identify dangerous animals, and the proper way to give a snake a handshake as they touch and handle some reptiles. On-staff instructors also teach group classes in subjects such as animal medicating, handling, and reptile husbandry. The nonprofit occasionally places its animals up for adoption, and works toward conservation efforts by rehabilitating, breeding, and rereleasing native Michigan species and global endangered species.
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    6885 Jackson Rd
    Ann Arbor, MI US
  • The Pumpkin Factory
    Those who love fall know that full immersion is the best way to get into the spirit of the season. The Pumpkin Factory just happens to be the perfect place to plunge into all things autumnal, welcoming visitors with an array of fall-themed activities including a pumpkin patch, corn maze, hay rides and a haunted house. Once twisting stalk has been traversed and every pumpkin has been inspected and assessed for its potential carvability, kids can expel excess energy by jumping in a giant inflated spider house or by exchanging tin can recipes with the resident goats in the nearby petting farm. And, if all that activity works up an appetite, the farm's country store sells a number of delectable, seasonal treats, including pumpkin pie, donuts, caramel apples and apple cider.
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    48651 Harris Rd
    Belleville, MI US
  • Diehls Orchard & Cider Mills
    Leaves crunch underfoot as fluffy white clouds hang in a blue sky between long rows of apple trees. It's simple pleasures such as these that add warmth to autumn and lead people in droves to Diehl's Orchard and Cider Mill. There, fresh jonamac, honeycrisp, and golden delicious fruits hang, begging to be plucked, while hot cinnamon donuts refuel guests and pair expertly with swigs of apple cider. In fact, Diehl's loves this beverage so much, that they celebrate it every year with their late-September Ciderfest. But apples and apple accessories aren't the only stars at this orchard. Guests can also get lost in the one-mile corn maze, ride along the fields in a hay-filled wagon, roast hot dogs over a campfire, and conjure up metaphors for society with the farm animals.
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    1479 Ranch Rd
    Holly, MI US

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