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Zoological Parks in Michigan

Zoological Parks by Area

  • NW Lower Peninsula: 2
  • NE Lower Peninsula: 5
  • SW Lower Peninsula: 7
  • SE Lower Peninsula: 10
  • Upper Peninsula: 6

Michigan Zoos - Zoological Parks in Michigan

A great family day trip - a zoo will delight the young and old alike. Michigan boasts many great zoological parks.  Do you remember your first trip to a zoo as a child?  If you are from Southeast Michigan, chances are it was the Detroit Zoo (which is actually located in Royal Oak).  The Detroit Zoo is so much more than it was 30-40 years ago.  It's time to take another visit there!  


Dinosaur Gardens Pre-Historical Zoo in Alpena County

11160 US-23, Ossineke, MI 49766

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Stroll next to life-sized replicas of a number of dinosaurs as well as cave men and women. Some exhibits even provide a birds eye view with steps and entrances right into the replicas. Come take a trip back in time and view over 26 exhibits and other fun filled activities.

The Pumpkin Farm Petting Zoo in Arenac County

4150 Bernthal Lane Standish, MI 48658

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We have a petting zoo with farm animals including donkeys, buffalo, and llamas. Our wagon ride is quite unique with story book characters, fairy tales, etc.

Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park in Barry County

8313 Pratt Lake SE Alto, MI 49302

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Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park features a reptile house, aviary, petting zoo, and guided safari tour through the park and prides itself on giving visitors a hands-on experience that's as close to the wild as you can get. With animals as diverse as wallabies, zebras, pythons and lemurs, there is sure to be something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Deer Acres Amusement Park in Bay County

2346 N Huron Rd, Pinconning, MI 48650

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Currently under renovation

Binder Park Zoo in Calhoun County

7400 Division Drive Battle Creek, MI 49014

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An African adventure awaits you at Binder Park Zoo! Discover spectacular views of wild animals from elevated boardwalks. Get nose-to-nose with one of the largest giraffe herds in the country as you explore Wild Africa and hand feed a giraffe! Ride the Zoo & O. Railroad, see our animals from down-under, and our gift shops and restaurants. Zoo opens middle of April through October each year.

Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary & Zoological Gardens in Calhoun County

1698 M-66 Athens, MI 49011

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Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary is a place for all reptiles and amphibians to find a safe haven and proper care needed to live out their lives safely and securely. Many of the residents in the Sanctuary have come from a variety of places for a variety of reasons all needing good homes. It is David Critchlow's goal to create an Alligator Sanctuary that will become an attraction for reptile and amphibian enthusiasts, and is also a safe haven for domesticated reptiles.

Kingman Museum, Natural History and Planetarium in Calhoun County

175 Limit Street Battle Creek, MI 49037

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Kingman Museum is southwest Michigan's only natural history museum! What started as a small collection of specimens and artifacts donated by Edward Brigham, Sr. in the late nineteenth century expanded into the Public School Museum, one of the first museums in America to be owned and operated by a public schools system. With Brigham as its first director, the museum continued grow. In 1933, Brigham moved the museum and its collections into a new building located on an 80 acre plot of land donated to the city of Battle Creek by Leila Post Montgomery.

Sherman Park Zoo in Chippewa County

201-299 Parkway Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783, USA

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Potter Park Zoo in Eaton County

1301 S. Pennsylvania Avenue Lansing, MI 48912

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Located along the Red Cedar River, this 100 acre park features the county zoological park with over 400 different animals species, plus playground, picnic areas, pony and camel rides, petting zoo, gardens and more. Per vehicle parking fee; zoo admission fee. Year round family experience with tours, Halloween Zoo Boo and Christmas lights.

Bernard W. Baker Sanctuary in Eaton County

21145 15 Mile Rd. Bellevue, MI 49021

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Michigan Audubon Society's first sanctuary and remains one of the largest. Established in 1941 primarily for the protection of Greater Sandhill Cranes and their nesting and migration-staging habitat, the refuge has made a significant contribution in restoring Michigan's crane population. In recent years, more than 5,000 Sandhill Cranes have been recorded at Baker Sanctuary on a single October day and as many as 13 pair of cranes have nested there in the spring. Access to certain areas of the Sanctuary is restricted.

Whitetails Live in Gladwin County

430 E. M-61 Gladwin, MI 48624

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Deer petting and feeding daily during all business hours. Bottle feeding by appointment during June, July and August. Watch the bucks grow all summer long and pet new fawns. "Bow"-tique style gift shop for hunters and outdoor enthusiasts includes clothing, gifts, formal camo wear, local Amish gifts and jewelry. Ice Cream Parlor features 16 hand dipped flavors and a view of the fawn pen. Full Service Archery shop with range. Carrying PSE, BEAR and Parker vertical and crossbows with a full range of accessories and service department. The shop offers Whitetails Live apparel as well as shirts for your events, teams and business.

Clinch Park Zoo in Grand Traverse County

Marina Drive, Traverse City, MI 49684, USA

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Closed it's doors in 2006

Northfork Farms and Outback in Ingham County

3637 Morrice Rd. Webberville, MI 48892

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Northfork Outback offers field trips to the Wild West Adventure, Native American and Western Frontier. Lots of hands on activities, Pan for Gold, old fashion farming, homestead for butter making, old fashion wash station, Wagon rides, Native American village with stories, crafts, Archery, games, Train ride, pony rides, bucking barrel, roping, petting zoo, school house and more. Northfork also hosts summer camps, riding lesson, fall at the farm, Christmas at Northfork. Please call us if you are interested!

Kellogg Bird Sanctuary in Kalamazoo County

12685 E C Ave, Augusta, MI 49012

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The W.K. Kellogg Bird Sanctuary conserves native habitat for migratory and resident birds and through research, education and outreach helps people gain environmental awareness about our past, present and future.

Deer Tracks Junction in Kent County

7850 14 Mile Rd. Cedar Springs, MI 49319

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Fun for the whole family! Farm tours every weekend June through December. Wildlife like you have never seen them before - up close and personal. Guided tours, fun live Theater Shows, large play area with a huge train and fort, and an awesome indoor Ice Cream Shop. Check out our website for all up to date tour times and availability. We have special events at Christmas, also. You don't want to miss this fun!

John Ball Zoo Society in Kent County

1300 West Fulton Street Grand Rapids, MI 49504

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This boutique Zoo packs 2,000 animals, spectacular views, hands-on animal experiences, rides, and the only funicular in the midwest into a hilly scenic 14-acres. An impressive animal collection features lions, tigers and bears along with a troop of chimpanzees, penguins, lemurs, reptiles, and more. The Zoo offers a 400-foot zipline ride and a 4-story ropes course to keep the teens and tweens interested! The Zoo is nestled in a large park with plenty of picnic areas.

Summer Wind Farms Sanctuary in Lapeer County

6490 Mowerson Rd Brown City, MI 48416

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Summer Wind Farms Sanctuary is a non-profit, USDA licensed exotic animal rescue facility. We house over 200 different animals on 140+ acres in the heart of Michigan's Thumb. We rescue animals of all types, allowing them a safe place to live out their lives. The sanctuary is open for educational tours from May to October every year by appointment only.

Oswald's Bear Ranch in Luce County

13814 County Road 407 Newberry, MI 49868

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This is a sanctuary for several black bears that visitors can see up close. Everybody can go around the outdoor habitats, fenced-in and situated on a lake in the woods - a perfect place for bears. It's a large preserve for the orphaned, abused, and last-chance bears in their natural setting. There are usually cubs here too, small enough to touch and take a picture with. Come check it out this summer - it's open daily from late May through September.

Garlyn Zoological Park in Mackinac County

U.S. 2, Naubinway, MI 49762, USA

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The Zoo is home to hundreds of native North American animals including, alligator, fox, wolves, bobcat, whitetail deer, cougar, river otter, porcupine, bison, also exotic animals from around the world, siberian tigers, patagonian cavy, ring-tailed lemur, camel, reindeer, sika deer, sulcata tortoise just to name a few.

Deer Ranch in Mackinac County

W1540 West US 2 Saint Ignace, MI 49781

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Welcome to the Deer Ranch in St. Ignace, Michigan, known as the oldest live whitetail exhibit in North America. We feature dozens of native Michigan Whitetail Deer and fawns including white deer, all in a natural setting which you can photograph and feed while walking along a nature trail. Our unique gift shop features many deer skin products, including one of the largest moccasin inventories in the north! Open May through November.

DeYoung Family Zoo in Menominee County

N5406 Co Road 577, Wallace, MI 49893, USA

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The DeYoung Family Zoo is nestled in the wilderness of the beautiful Upper Peninsula. This is NOT a big city zoo, step out of the box, away from the concrete jungle and come along on a new journey. You will love the natural setting filled with amazing animals from around the world. Large natural habitats, education through hands-on experiences, as well as up close and personal family fun! Itís all waiting for you at the DeYoung Family Zoo!

Indian Creek Zoo in Monroe County

2740 Consear Road Lambertville, MI 48144

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A unique place that offers camel rides and up close viewing of exotic animals such as zebras, camels, emus, wallabies, lemurs, donkeys, horses, goats, alpacas, guinea hens, sheep, peacocks, marmosets, sloths, kangaroos, macaws, porcupine and so much more. Open April thru December (weather permitting). We host Field Trips, Birthdays, Boy Scout Days, Girl Scout/Brownie Days and more.

Detroit Zoological Park in Oakland County

8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI 48067

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Features 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits with 1300 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates of 250 different species. The Detroit Zoo was the first in the United States to use open natural exhibits. The Arctic Ring of Life exhibit takes visitors on a trek to the North Pole. Guests will experience the tundra, open sea and pack ice of the Arctic environment, and the animals that are distinctively adapted to life there.

Lewis Farm Market & Petting Farm in Oceana County

4180 W. M20 (Stony Lake Road) New Era, MI 49446

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Largest petting farm in west Michigan with over 60 animals including some exotics. Outdoor family entertainment: jumping pillows, climbing toys, corn maze, wagon rides, pedal carts, barrel train, fruit cannons, pumpkin chucker, animated chicken show, bee observatory. In store bakery, homemade fudge, gift shop, concessions, ice cream, hot cider. Animals include fallow deer, llamas, camel, wallabies, peacocks, zebu, goats, ducks, donkeys, ponies, alpaca, rabbits, chinese pheasants, chickens, emu. Weekend entertainment (see website for dates): musicians, face painting, balloon tying, magicians, clowns, dancers & mime.

Cindy Lous Zoo in Roscommon County

6327 E. M-18 Roscommon, MI 48653

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Come see us for a wonderful, wholesome family experience! Journey through 20 scenic acres in a park like setting in beautiful Roscommon, Michigan. We have both domestic and exotic animals for your entire family's enjoyment. Cindy Lou's Zoo features exotic cattle, red deer, fallow deer, horses, miniature donkeys, goats & sheep, monkeys, lemurs, parrots and much more. Over 120 animals call Cindy Lou's Zoo their home.

Childrens Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw County

1730 S Washington Avenue Saginaw, MI 48601

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We are a regional destination celebrating Nature, Wildlife and Lifelong Discovery through affordable and engaging experiences for everyone from the young to the young-at-heart, in a garden-filled park-like setting. Animals from various parts of the globe make their home at the Childrenís Zoo, including wolves, river otters, bald eagles, black-footed penguins, Capuchin monkeys, kangaroos, alligators, exotic birds, reptiles and more!

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge in Saginaw County

Saginaw, MI 48609

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Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1953 and contains more than 9,800 acres of marsh, bottomland hardwood forest, and grasslands. It was authorized by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission under the Migratory Bird Conservation Act

Seney National Wildlife Refuge in Schoolcraft County

1674 Refuge Entrance Rd, Seney, MI 49883

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Seney National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1935 as a refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife. The wild land that today is the refuge has not always appeared so wild. This is a land that was once heavily logged, burned, ditched, drained and cultivated. Despite repeated attempts, the soils and harsh conditions of this country would not provide a hospitable environment for sustained settlement and agriculture.

Great Lakes Zoological Society in Washtenaw County

6885 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 (734) 332-1628

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Our last day open to the public was Sunday, Feb 15. With heavy hearts, we have permanently closed our doors.

Belle Isle Zoo in Wayne County

East Jefferson and East Grand Blvd Detroit, MI 48207

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Rich with history and natural beauty, Belle Isle Park is a Detroit gem and Michigan's 102nd state park. The 987-acre island park features a nature zoo, conservatory, golf practice facility, maritime museum, an aquarium, picnic areas and more. The park includes three lakes, 150 acres of wooded area and spectacular views of the Detroit and Windsor skyline.

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