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.
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.
Sometimes a name says it all. That's the case with Ultimate Fun Productions, a company that creates and stages fun-filled events throughout Michigan. In the mood for beer year-round? Head to Royal Oak to join the Polar Bear Beer Club in the wintertime, the Spring Fever Beer Fest when the weather gets warmer, the Royal Oak Summer Beer Fest to cool off beneath the sun with craft beer samples, and fall's annual Royal Oak Beer Fest. If non-beer libations are your passion, try the Whiskey Business shindig, Tequila Mundo, or Vodka Rox where samples flow to the rhythm of live bands. Want to savor comfort food with hundreds of strangers? Rib Fest, Bacon Bash, and The Big Grill Burgers and Brew Bash corral eats from local restaurants for hours of culinary indulgence.