Group of penguins at zoo
Go Wild

Aquariums & Zoos

Unleash your animal instincts at a Michigan zoo or aquarium.

Across Michigan, zoos and aquariums offer close encounters with nature's most interesting creatures.

Traditional zoos mesmerize visitors with elephants and big cats. Specialized animal parks, sanctuaries and petting zoos help children deepen their understanding and get up close to smaller collections of animals. And Michigan's aquariums reveal the wonders beneath the waves. Watch penguins dive in an iceberg-shaped penguinarium-the world's largest-at the Detroit Zoo's Polk penguin Conservation Center.

Learn about African animals and culture before snuggling into a tent camp at Binder Park Zoo's family overnight safari. Pet an orphaned black bear at Oswald's Bear Ranch. And marvel at the amazing lives of fish and aquatic animals at the Belle Isle Aquarium-the country's oldest-or Sea Life Michigan Aquarium-the state's newest. Ready to go wild?

Detroit Zoo
Home to more than 2,000 animals representing 230 species, the Detroit Zoo is 125 acres of fun for the whole family.
Binder Park Zoo
Hand-feed a giraffe or take a wilderness tram tour—the possibilities for fun are endless at Binder Park Zoo. 
SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium
Be transported into the amazing underwater world. Come nose to nose with sharks, stingrays and over 5,000 underwater creatures. 
The Creature Conservancy
While not a zoo or nature center, the Creature Conservancy is a wildlife education center that allows you to meet amazing animals from around the world. 
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