Zoos in Michigan with kids

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

    Seasonal animal fun in Grand Rapids filled with exhibits that feature animals from all over the world! ROAR!

  • Binder Park Zoo

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    Battle Creek

    Seasonal zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan where kids can spend the day with animals from all over the world, with conservation education too!

  • 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

    20 acres of beautiful petting farm for kids to explore in Ann Arbor, with cute domestic animals waiting to make friends!

  • 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

    Visit hundreds of rescued reptiles, where kids can get up close to alligators, tortoises, bearded dragons and more!

  • 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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  • Jungle Java

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    Canton

    Indoor jungle themed fun in Canton where a great indoor playground for kids under 10 years, with a toddler area too...and parents can play too!

  • Jungle Java

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    Farmington Hills

    Kids can go wild at this jungle themed indoor play center in Michigan, with toddler areas and birthday parties - where adults can play too!

  • Castaway Play Cafe

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    Howell

    With four slides, bounce houses and a specially designed toddler area for the little ones. Parents welcome on the structure. Newest feature: laser tag arena!

  • The TreeHouse

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    Chelsea

    Great indoor play with awesome slides, baby and toddler areas, swinging bridges, and a simply gigantic tree house to climb and explore! Grown ups welcome to join in!

  • Playworld

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    Grandville

    Indoor play for under 12s with loads of age zoned features from bounce houses and the trolley run to the Foam Forest and beyond!

  • Jumpin Jax Bounce Arena

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    Lansing Charter Township

    Bouncing heaven for 2 to 12 year olds, with seven big inflatables that include obstacle courses, slides, and bouncers - perfect for kids with endless energy in Michigan!

  • Safari Playground

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    Walled Lake

    A roaring safari themed indoor fun center with an arcade, bowling, skeeball and birthday parties!

  • Play

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    East Lansing

    East Lansing's own eco-friendly, indoor playspace full of activities for infants, toddlers, and children up to six years old.

  • Jesters Court

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    Grand Rapids

    West Michigan’s largest indoor child entertainment center, where kids can play and parents can relax!

  • Extreme Fun

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    Roseville

    Indoor inflatable fun and indoor party center for active and bouncing kids ages 1 - 12!

  • Jumperooz

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    Westland

    Multi level adventure play structure plus bounce houses and more.

  • Detroit Kid City

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    Southfield

    offers an imaginative extravaganza featuring 9 interactive roleplay exhibits plus related activities and games at each point.

  • Natures Playhouse at Hunter Community Center

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    Clawson

    Nature's Playhouse offers parents and caregivers a place to connect with others in the community while their child plays freely in our all natural environment. In addition, we offer a host of classes ...

  • Kangaroo Palace

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    Muskegon

    Clean, safe fun that will keep your family active all year long. Locally owned and operated by parents just like you! All ages are welcome, young or young at heart, to play on our equipment.

  • Jungle Joes Family Fun Center

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    Portage

    A fun, colorful and bounce filled family fun center with inflatables, climbers and slides!

  • Bouncin Play

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    Fort Gratiot

    Indoor Bounce House Play Land with Arcade and Food and Drinks.

  • Tiny Treasures Indoor Play Cafe

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    Walled Lake

    A fun a creative atmosphere and indoor play center that kids AND the parents can enjoy! With a wide variety of play areas, kids are sure to be entertained! We love indoor fun!

  • Pump It Up Canton

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    Canton

    Indoor inflatable play and great birthday parties at Pump It Up...great for those excitable active kids in Michigan!

  • Treasure Island Playground

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    Livonia

    Fun indoor play in Michigan, with open play, birthday parties, pajama parties and inflatables!

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan

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    Auburn Hills

    Great indoor fun for the over 3s in Auburn Hills, with LEGO inspired play, including 4D theater, rides, and learning through creativity!

  • Alcona Park

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    Glennie

    Located on the historic AuSable River floodwaters above the Alcona Dam, this 1100 acre park has three miles of shoreline on each side of this trophy fish producing river. Surrounded by the Huron ...