Incredible Michigan Zoos and Aquariums To Take Your Kids This Summer


Michigan Zoos and Aquariums | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan

Get ready to pet cute goats, hold a fluffy bunny, feed a hungry giraffe and touch a strange looking sea creature! Every summer, I get just giddy with anticipation to start visiting Michigan Zoos and Aquariums!   


People forget the good that zoos do. If it weren't for zoos, we would have so many species that would be extinct today.     

Betty White

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Michigan has an incredible amount of zoos and aquariums to keep you busy all summer! It's a great way to teach kids about appreciating and the need to care for our animals.  Plus, zoos play a large part in studying and preventing animals from becoming extinct across our globe. We watch Animal Planet just about daily to learn more about and appreciate the animals in our world.

So be sure to visit lots of Michigan Zoos and Aquariums this year to support these vital endeavors! 


Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park


Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park: 8313 Pratt Lake Ave SE, Alto, MI

We really enjoyed our trip to Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park!  Our nephew, shown below, loved panning for gold, holding fluffy bunnies and feeding the animals.  The park was very clean and a joy to visit.


John Ball Zoo


John Ball Zoo: 1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI

The highlight of the John Ball Zoo (for myself and my nephew) was the camel rides and a chance to pet adorable goats! What cool experiences!  We also loved the ring tailed lemurs, wallaby and lions.  

You may bring food into the Zoo but glass containers are not allowed.


Saginaw Children's Zoo


Saginaw Children's Zoo: 1730 S Washington Ave, Saginaw, MI 

Can you say penguins, alligators and prairie dogs, oh my?  This zoo rocks for both adults and kids. We loved seeing the kangaroos, owls, turtles and the free-roaming peacocks!  

Plus, the cost is around $5 per person and on Tuesday's it's even less!  Well worth going.  We spend about 2-3 hours there every time we go.



Saginaw Children's Zoo is one of my favorite Michigan Zoos and Aquariums as it is very affordable, the grounds are absolutely stunning (as you can see above), there's penguins (duh!) and the zoo has tons of shade trees and things to do.  Oh, and be sure to ride the train!


Check Groupon before you go, sometimes there are specials.  

Binder Park Zoo


Binder Park Zoo: 7400 Division Dr, Battle Creek, MI

Binder Park Zoo, in my opinion, is the best zoo in Michigan.  Not only is it one of the largest, but this zoo houses 500 animals! There's fantastic walking trails, lots of shade trees and wide open spaces for the animals.  See lions, sloths, prairie dogs and so much more! 

Go on a safari in Wild Africa to feed the giraffes which is one of my favorite things to do.  Read more about Binder Park Zoo.


Detroit Zoo


Detroit Zoo: 8450 W 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, MI

Experience simulator rides, 4-D theater, railroad and so many animals! The giraffe encounters are very cool and if you plan ahead, you can schedule "Breakfast with the Giraffes" or another animal.  There are also lots of special experiences for groups that cost extra. There are lots of events throughout the year so check the zoo's website often!


Ticket prices vary per day.  It is cheaper to go during the week than the weekend. Save money and buy on buy your tickets ahead of time on their website.

Other Michigan Zoos to Visit

Indian Creek Zoo - 2744 Consear Rd, Lambertville, MI 48144

Grandpa Tiny's Farm - Frankenmuth


Belle Isle Aquarium

Belle Isle AquariumBelle Isle Aquarium
Belle Isle AquariumBelle Isle Aquarium

Belle Isle Aquarium, located on Belle Isle in Detroit, is America's Oldest Aquarium! It was opened in August 18, 1904! 

Just walking through this aquarium is a joy as you will feel like a part of history.  This small museum is free and is located next to the Belle Isle Conservatory which is a must see.

Read more about Belle Isle.


Sea Life Michigan Aquarium


Sea Life Aquarium is located at the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4316 Baldwin Rd, Auburn Hills, Michigan. 

We love to visit Sea Life Aquarium so there is so much to see!  There are touch pools, thousands of colorful fish and lots of splashing stingrays (my favorite!).  Plus, we love to eat at Rain Forest Cafe located only a few feet from the aquarium entrance! 

Sea Life Aquarium is one of my favorite Michigan Zoos and Aquariums as you can visit any time of year!


Be sure to check Groupon before you go, sometimes there are specials.  

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