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Zoos in Michigan

It’s animal time in Michigan, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Michigan because The Great Lakes State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Deer Forest Petting Zoo

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    Coloma

    Deer Forest is an animal petting zoo and fun park. You can feed the deer and other animals up close. It also offers kiddie amusement rides, storybook lane, miniature golf, large playground, ...

  • Garlyn Zoological Park

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    Naubinway

    Features birds and animals from around the world. Grain is available to hand feed many of the animals.

  • John Ball Zoo

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    Grand Rapids

    The John Ball Zoo has over 1100 animals representing the wilds of Africa, Asia, South America, Australia and the United States. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to ...

  • Binder Park Zoo

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    Battle Creek

    Binder Park Zoo offers quality programming using exotic animals delivered by professional staff with a dedication to conserving wildlife. Online registration is currently available for our Camps, ...

  • The Detroit Zoo

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    Royal Oak

    Learn about the Detroit Zoo's mission, the SSP program and the orgin of the animals at the Zoo. You'll see how the Zoo participates in world and state conservation efforts and the role of the Zoo in ...

  • Dominos Petting Farm

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    Ann Arbor

    Domino's Petting Farm is conveniently located in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is a perfect setting for people of all ages to learn about farming and farm animals. Come join us for a fun-filled day. Pet ...

  • Potter Park Zoo

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    Lansing

    The Potter Park Zoological Society, a non-profit private sector organization, is dedicated to the support of the Potter Park Zoo through preserving, protecting, and exhibiting selected members of the ...

  • Wilderness Trails Zoo

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    Birch Run

    Over 50 species of exotic and native animals in specially constructed enclosures for close up animal viewing. Plus animal petting and feeding areas and an adventure playscape to go wild on!

  • Great Lakes Zoological Society

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    Ann Arbor

    A fascinating indoor zoo experience for kids and families featuring unusual reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, and other exhibits.

  • The Creature Conservancy

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    Ann Arbor

    The Creature Conservancy

  • Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park

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    Alto

    Exotic varities of animals and reptiles from all over the world including many rare and endangered varieties with whom they are working on conservation.

  • Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary

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    Athens

    A reptile and amphibian rescue zoo, homing and rehabilitating creatures in need in naturalistic habitats for you and your kids to visit in safety.

  • DeYoung Family Zoo

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    Wallace

    Not your normal big city zoo, DeYoung Zoo lets kids experience the natural habitats of the animals, with over 400 from around the world to meet!

  • Indian Creek Petting Zoo

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    Lambertville

    A sweet weekend only petting zoo open seasonally in Michigan, with a range of adorable animals from camels, wallabies, to zebras!

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  • Full Blast

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    Battle Creek

    Indoor and outdoor water park with 4 big slides, 2 leisure pools and interactive splash play area, plus trampolines, basketball courts, water wars cannon game and an inflatable jungle play area with ...

  • Avalanche Bay Indoor Waterpark

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    Boyne Falls

    Boasting 5 waterslides, zero entry shallows for toddlers, activity pool with wet climbing wall and play structure, lazy river and the full on Splasherhorn Mountain, and loads more besides, all ...

  • Splash Universe

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    Dundee

    Indoor water park featuring adventure slides, lazy river, zero entry Lil’ Squirt Pool, huge water play Treehouse area and a family spa!

  • Zehnders Splash Village

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    Frankenmuth

    Waterpark Day Passes Half Day and Full Day Passes available.

  • Warren Community Center Pool

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    Warren

    Indoor waterpark with an aquatic adventure play structure, lazy river, water sports and winding flume slide.

  • Surfari Joes Water Park

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    Watervliet

    Super family water park with body, tube and extreme water slides, lagoon, river run and more! Life guards always on duty.

  • Red Oaks Waterpark

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    Madison Heights

    All round fun family water park, with Soak Station and Spray Play for the small ones, river ride for a family paddle, flume water slides and a heated wave action pool.

  • Aqua Tots

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    Troy

    Swimming is an important skill for kids to have, so why not spend the day having fun as they learn!

  • Turtle Cove

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    Belleville

    Features include two waterslides, a lazy river to float along, 300-gallon dumping bucket and a zero-depth entry pool with lap lanes.

  • Soo Locks Boat Tours

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    Marie

    The Soo Locks have been referred to as one of the great wonders of the world and it is still the largest waterway traffic system on earth. Your boat will travel along the international shoreline of ...

  • Mackinaw Trolley Tours

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    Mackinaw City

    Ride through history on the Mackinaw Trolley as we narrate happenings and events along the way. Fort Michilimackinac area, Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse, Train and Car Ferry Docks, The Mackinac ...

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