Summer may be winding down and school is about to start in Michigan however that doesn’t mean that the fun has to end. In and around Metro Detroit, there are great places to visit where there is still a lot of family fun to be had!
My family’s top three favorites are: The Detroit Zoo, Rolling Hills Water Park and Comerica Park.
The Detroit Zoo
8450 W. 10 Mile Road
Royal Oak, MI 48067
Adults 15-51 $11.00
Child 2-14 $7.00
Senior 62+ $9.00
Active Military $9.00
The Detroit Zoo is conveniently located just outside of Detroit and is open year round. The Detroit Zoo has many animals, special exhibits and even an indoor theater that shows a 3D/4D ride and a Wildlife Interpretative Gallery, that is also educational and extremely FUN!
The Detroit Zoo houses North America’s largest polar bear exhibit called The Arctic Ring of Life. There are also arctic foxes and seals that are housed with the polar bears. Inside this exhibit is a 70 foot tunnel that is 12 feet wide and 8 feet tall that runs underwater through the exhibit allowing visitors to see how the arctic animals live and play, up close and personal. This tunnel is a favorite to my children and once we even got to witness the seals “mating”.
The Penguinarium at The Detroit Zoo is my personal favorite. The “Detroit” penguins were lucky enough to have first habitat in North America, opening in 1968.
Another family favorite at The Detroit Zoo is the Tauber Family Railroad that will take you on a scenic ride from the front of the Zoo to the back or vice versa. The train is free to ride and on a hot, steamy day when your feet are tired, it’s a lifesaver!
A newer feature offered at The Detroit Zoo is the Giraffe Encounter. Several times throughout the day, times will be posted, visitors have the opportunity to purchase a ticket and feed the giraffes. This is an amazing opportunity. It’s not often that you are able to feed African wildlife from your hand.
Before you leave The Detroit Zoo, don’t forget to take a family photo in front of the Beckham Fountain located in the center of the zoo, a site that is used frequently for photo shoots, weddings and other special occasions.
2100 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201
Prices: Range from seat to seat
Parking: Multiple lots surrounding Comerica Park at a variety of prices from $10 and up.
Comerica Park is the home to The Detroit Tigers Major League Baseball team and my family’s favorite spring, summer and fall hangout!
Along with a fun day at the ballpark rooting on our home team, Comerica Park offers other attractions, as well. My family’s favorites are: The Comerica Carousel, Fly Ball Ferris Wheel, and the Big Cat Food Court.
Ride your own beautifully painted tiger on The Comerica Carousel. The carousel has seating for those who do not wish to mount the tiger and is also wheelchair accessible.
After you’re done riding The Comerica Carousel, take a few steps and you’ll find yourself surrounded by delicious food at the Big Cat Food Court, the home to all kinds of yummy choices. From your typical Ballpark hot dog to gyros, nachos, ice cream and frozen daquiri’s. The Big Cat Food court has a variety of different choices of delicious food that will surely hit the spot.
Before you leave Comerica Park, stop by the Fly Ball Ferris Wheel (most fun to ride at night) and take a ride on the 50 foot ferris wheel that is shaped as baseballs. Each baseball can seat up to 5 passengers and are wheel chair accessible. The view is spectacular!
Summer may be winding down and school shopping is in full gear but that doesn’t mean that the fun has to stop around the Metro Detroit area. It doesn’t cost much to have a day full of fun and food if you’re visiting The Detroit Zoo, Rolling Hills Water Park or Comerica Park.