Detroit Zoo Membership Benefits + Our Visit!

This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own.


Growing up so close to the Detroit Zoo, I’ve had the chance to visit many times over the years. Whether it was for a school field trip or an outing with the family, it’s always been one of my favorite places to go.


Now that I have a little one of my own, I’ve experienced the Detroit Zoo with him more recently. It’s amazing to be to able to share a little piece of my childhood with my son now, so we plan trips to the Detroit Zoo often!

Visiting the Detroit Zoo

This summer, I planned a trip to the Detroit Zoo with my sisters and their children. It was so fun taking all the little ones out to see the animals. They had a great time to say the least!


What I love about the Detroit Zoo is that there is always so much to do, no matter what time of year. We can visit newer exhibits, see the animals, enjoy the scenery, have a mini picnic, try out the stimulator rides or 4D theater and so much more.

Penguin Exhibit at the Detroit Zoo!


Our favorite part was the Penguin exhibit. Penguins are my favorite, so I had to check out the new exhibit at the zoo. There is a huge area where the penguins are and then right around the corner there is a "ship" that you get to walk through.


It was so nice to make our way down the ramps with mists of water spraying and the images on the screen of stormy waters– they did a great job bringing it to life. The penguins themselves were adorable and so playful, swimming through and waddling around the exhibit.

Things to do at the Detroit Zoo


After the penguin exhibit we walked around the zoo to spot our favorite animals. Then, we stopped by the Rackham fountain for pictures and the children enjoyed some time on the carousel which was nearby.


We had a mini-picnic at one of the picnic tables and wandered around for more animals sitings! We had a walk through a mini trail which was so beautiful. After that, we went on the Tauber Family Railroad which took us all around the zoo.

The animals we saw that the kids were most excited for were the lions, gorillas, giraffes, and zebras. There is a Rissman PlayVenture, which is a playground area for kids that is perfect for when the kids want to hang out and play. This is great for parents to have a little break while the kids play and get their energy from lunch out of their system.


Detroit Zoo Membership Benefits

One of my favorite things about the Detroit Zoo is that you can visit it year-round which makes purchasing a membership a great choice. I personally love visiting the zoo during the spring and fall seasons.

There are so many benefits you can enjoy when you purchase a membership to the Detroit Zoo including:

  • Free Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center admission and parking during daytime public hours, Wild Summer Nights concerts and MemberFest.
  • Advance Ticket Sales to Summer Safari, Wild Beasts Wild Wine, Zoo Brew, Zoo Boo and Wild Lights
  • Discounts on Zoo merchandize and classes
  • Free Subscriptions to Habitat (quarterly Member magazine) and Zmail (monthly e-mail newsletter)
  • Members-only entry at the Rackham Fountain Entrance (seasonal)
  • Detroit Zoological Society Members can purchase the Total Experience for $12 per person ($26 for non-members), which includes one ticket to the Carousel, a one-way ride on the Tauber Family Railroad, one ticket for the Simulator Ride and one ticket to the 4-D Theater. These tickets are valid through September 30. 

Becoming a member is easy and you can do it online or on site. You can learn more about the membership and pricing here

Since I live so close to the zoo and I know my son enjoys it, having a membership is a no-brainer for me. My sisters have their own memberships as well, so we will be heading back this fall for more family fun. 


Have you been to the Detroit Zoo? 
What is your favorite exhibit/animal?

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