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Michigan Zoos

Lions, and Tigers, and Bears! Oh, MI!

Here are six zoos you have to see while roaming through the Great Lakes State.

From the historic Detroit Zoo and its polar bears to the Wild Africa exhibit in Battle Creek, Michigan is proud to show off its exotic animals.

Detroit Zoo

Located in Royal Oak, the Detroit Zoological Park was established in 1883, and features over 3,300 animals across 280 species.

A U.S. Historic district found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, Detroit Zoo features the Arctic Ring of Life polar bear exhibit, the iconic Horace Rackham Memorial Fountain, and the four-acre Belle Isle Nature Zoo.

Detroit Zoological Park

Detroit Zoo

Binder Park Zoo

Covering 433 acres in southern Michigan near Battle Creek, the Binder Park Zoo is home to over 600 animals since opening in 1977.

Showcasing over 140 species, Binder Park Zoo is known for its Wild Africa Exhibit. Battle Creek also features the nearby Kellogg Bird Sanctuary.

John Ball Zoo

Spanning approximately 240 species on 140 acres, John Ball Zoo Society was established in 1891 in Grand Rapids.

Featuring over 1,100 animals in central Michigan, John Ball Zoo offers the Living Shores Aquarium, Bald Eagle Aviary, Stingray Lagoon, and Funicular.

Potter Park Zoo

Michigan’s oldest public zoo, Potter Park Zoo was established in 1915 and is owned by the City of Lansing.

Covering 100 acres, PPZ offers over 500 animals across 160 species. Special events include the Wonderland of Lights, L&L Zoo Days, Boo at the Zoo, plus a petting zoo over at the Exploration & Discovery Center for Education.

Children's Zoo at Celebration Square

Set in Saginaw near Birch Run, the Children's Zoo at Celebration Square is home to over 150 animals featured in exhibits like the Wetland Experience and Crawl Space.

Special exhibits include the Iberschoff Special train ride, and Fossil Find for the future paleontologists.

Great Lakes Zoological Society

Open daily in from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Great Lakes Zoological Society's World of Discovery Reptile Zoo is a 5000-square-foot exhibit set in Ann Arbor.

Found south of Whitmore Lake in the Detroit metro area, the site also features the World of Discovery Gift Shop, complete with reptile pet supplies.


Best Western Hotels Along the Way:


Best Western Executive Inn

5090 Beckley Road, Battle Creek MI 49015-4116
Phone: +1 269-979-8506  |  Fax: (269) 979-8507  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western of Birch Run/Frankenmuth

9087 E Birch Run Road, Birch Run MI 48415-9747
Phone: +1 989-624-9395  |  Fax: (989) 624-5899  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western Hospitality Hotel & Suites

5500 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids MI 49512-2052
Phone: +1 616-949-8400  |  Fax: (616) 949-9021  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »


Best Western of Whitmore Lake

9897 Main Street, Whitmore Lake MI 48189-9438
Phone: +1 734-449-2058  |  Fax: (734) 449-8635  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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