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.
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.
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.
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.
Avon Lake Chamber of Commerce in Avon Lake offers animals like lions and tigers and bears. With so many animals to explore, you'll spend the entire day.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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.