Things To Do In Detroit, Michigan If You Love Animals

Auto enthusiast will be the most pleased with the attractions that Detroit has to offer. That makes sense considering that the automobile was born there. But, that doesn’t mean that those who aren’t auto enthusiasts shouldn’t visit Detroit. In fact, animal lovers will also be pleased to find things to do in Detroit, Michigan. These are the three attractions in the area that you will want to visit if you are into animals.

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Detroit Zoo

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The Detroit Zoo is located on West 10 Mile Road along the northern side of Interstate 696 in Royal Oaks, a Detroit suburb around 22 minutes drive north of downtown Detroit. This lovely zoo is home to more than 2,100 animals from 230 species. The zoo is divided into fifteen distinct habitats for you to discover. I will dive into some of them. Let’s start with the Polk Penguin Conservation Center habitat.

This is where the zoo’s penguins are located. This habitat is the largest and most extraordinary center for penguins in the world. It is renowned for its two acrylic tunnels that will take you deep underwater where you will be surrounded by more than 75 penguins of four species as they swim above, around, and even below you. Those of you who love apes will want to head to the Great Apes of Harambee habitat.

It is the home of three silverback gorillas and a troop of eleven chimpanzees. There are many vantage points within the indoor and outdoor areas of the habitat where you can get a nice view of the apes as they interact with each other and explore their lovely surroundings. Have you ever dreamed of being in an area brimming with butterflies? You will have a chance to live your dreams at the zoo.

The habitat where you can do that is the beautiful Butterfly Garden. Hundreds of free-flying butterflies from approximately 25 species are housed there. You can observe them as they go about their lives such as feeding on flower nectars or ripe fruits, and basking in the sunlight. The garden is kept at a consistent 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Have you ever wanted to see the kangaroos?

I have good news for you. You don’t need to travel to Australia to see them. In fact, they can be found in the Australian Outback Adventure habitat at the zoo. It contains fourteen kangaroos and there is a winding path where you can observe them as they free bound and graze around. The online ticket prices for the zoo are $14-19 for adults and $10-15 for seniors and children aged from 2 to 18.

Those who are aged under 2 will enter the zoo for free. You can go here to get your tickets. Also, the zoo is home to multiple dining options should you get hungry. Examples of them include Arctic Cafe, Buddy’s Pizza, and Wild Burger Detroit. Souvenir shoppers will have a number of options to shop like The Trading Post, Zoofari Market, and Drake Passage Gifts.

SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium

SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium is located on Baldwin Road along the southern side of Interstate 75 in the Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills which is around 35 minutes drive north of downtown Detroit. It is the US state of Michigan’s largest aquarium. It is the watery home of two thousand creatures from over 250 species.

Some of the species found there include clownfish, seahorses, turtles, rockpool creatures, jellies, sharks, rays, and green moray eel. You will explore a variety of unique environments at the aquarium ranging from the freshwater lakes of Michigan to the depths of the ocean. The aquarium is categorized into twelve zones, each of them with its own flavor.

Those of you wanting a sneak peek into the waters of Michigan will want to check out the Freshwater zone. This is where you can observe the creatures that live in the state’s streams, rivers, and lakes. If you are looking for somewhere very colorful to go at the aquarium, you should check out the Coral Reef zone.

There, you can discover the breathtaking underwater cities that are brimming with fish of all shapes, colors, and patterns. Are you looking to head down into the depths of the ocean and surround yourself with some of the sea creatures? The Tropical Ocean zone is your best friend at the aquarium.

Within this zone is an underwater ocean tunnel where you can see sharks, rays, green sea turtles, and shoals of glittering fish swim above and besides you. Are you brave enough to explore a sunken ship? You can do that the Shipwreck zone. In this zone, you can head into the deepest and darkest parts of the ocean that is full of mysterious creatures. These are just some of the zones that you can discover at the aquarium.

The fee for admission there starts at $16.95 per person. You can go here to buy your tickets for the aquarium.

Domino’s Petting Farm

Are you seeking a place where you can pet all of the animals that you see? There is a place for that. It is called Domino’s Petting Farm. It is located on Earhart Road in the college town of Ann Arbor which is around 40 minutes drive west of downtown Detroit. It is basically a working farm on a nice piece of land where you can pet all the animals that live there.

Here is a sampling of the animals that you can look forward to petting during your time there and I will share a couple interesting facts about them. Goats are one group of animals that live there. Did you know that baby goats are called kids? Yes, that is what they are actually called. You will also be shocked to learn that even female goats can grow a beard. Pigs are another group of animals you can pet.

Pigs have very poor eye sight, but they have a great sense of smell. When the pigs are fully grown, they tend to weigh between three hundred and seven hundred pounds, sometimes more. Also present at the petting farm are rabbits. They can see almost 360 degrees around. Rabbits are also born hairless and blind, however, they start to grow hair at seven days old while their eyes open up at ten days old.

The admission prices for the petting farm are $6 for general admission, $5.50 for seniors, and $3 for military members, veterans, and first responders. Those who are aged at 23 months or under will get free admission.

These are the three attractions you will want to visit for things to do in Detroit, Michigan that involve animals. Also, if you are looking for something else to do during your time there, consider reading up on the museums you should visit first in Detroit.

Detroit Hotel

If you are looking for a place to stay overnight at during your time in the area, I am happy to help you out with this. Here is a hotel that I would suggest for you.

Hampton Inn Detroit/Auburn Hills – North

This hotel is located on Baldwin Road in Auburn Hills, right next to SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium. There is free breakfast available at the hotel. Should you get hungry, a few nearby restaurants include LongHorn Steakhouse, Rainforest Cafe, and Bar Louie. The hotel house indoor and outdoor heated swimming pools along with a hot tub.

There is also a fitness center available for you to use. All of the hotel’s rooms and suites come with WiFi, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $119 to $189. You can head here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

What are your thoughts? Are you an animal lover looking to check out these three attractions in Detroit? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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