By Jeffrey Buck
The summer ended and fall is upon us, although temperatures lately have me thinking otherwise. What could be better than taking in this mild October weather with a trip to the Detroit Zoo? A trip to the zoo at a discounted rate, that’s what.
On Monday, October 10th, in honor of Columbus Day, visitors can take $2 off regular admission to the zoo with a coupon from the zoo’s website, found by clicking here.
The Detroit Zoo has many attractions to offer its visitors and are constantly improving the experience with updated exhibits, new attractions and family friendly activities. Some of this years added or improved experinces include:
Detroit Zoo Caousel
The new Carousel, which made its debut Sept. 28, features sea lions, rabbits and even a T. Rex. Thirty-three hand-carved and hand-painted figures and a chariot adorn the 36-foot wood-and-brass Carousel, located near the Arctic Café. The ride costs $2 per person with Zoo admission.
The Lion Den
The Detroit Zoo’s lions recently received a home makeover, including more than double the room to roam, new landscaping and a 17-foot tall glass wall for a much closer encounter with guests. An 18-foot reticulated python also has a striking new home at the Holden Museum of Living Reptiles.
Science On a Sphere
Visitors can explore the Earth from 360 degrees with Science On a Sphere, an animated, hologram-like globe that displays dynamic representations of the planet’s atmospheric, oceanic and land activity as if viewed from space. The new attraction is located in the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery and is free with Zoo admission.
The Detroit Zoo continues to be a remarkable asset to the area and couldn’t do it without the support of its visitors, members, sponsors and the people of the tri-county area. Below is some more information on the Detroit Zoological Society and general information of the Zoo.
Celebrating its 100th year, the Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, just off I-696, in Royal Oak, Mich.
The Detroit Zoo is open daily:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March
Regular admission is:
$12 for adults 15 to 61
$10 for senior citizens 62 and older
$8 for children 2 to 14 (children under 2 are free)
The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round; admission is free.
For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.