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.
Populated with lovable, exotic furballs from alpacas to zebras, the zoo on Indian Creek welcomes guests with a chorus of brays, bleats, and whatever noises emus make. Whether waving hello to Hokey the Sloth or discussing the weather with Chewy the Camel, kids will have a blast as they bounce from one exhibit to another with a fistful of food pellets. The zoo is also home to a healthy population of cold-blooded residents as well, such as Flo the Tortoise and two alligators named Priscilla and Elvis. In the summer months, kids can sign up for a fun and educational summer camp that includes animal encounters and behind-the-scenes visits.
For the best zoo experience around, you'll head to Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre in Toledo and see any one of their amazing animals.
Make the trip to this zoo even more savory with a visit to their fine restaurant.
Bring the whole family to this zoo, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms.
At Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre, drivers can settle for safe parking in the lot next door.
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.
When you need something to do on your day off, visit Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor and indulge in a day filled with fun and adventure.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Free your mind with a pit stop to this chamber of culture. Of course, it's Heritage Park Petting Farm's fantastic center in Taylor.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.