Zoos to visit in Michigan

May 24, 2010 at 3:26 p.m. ET

Michigan is well known for its native wildlife but if you seek creatures that are a little more exotic, visit one of the great, family-friendly zoos in Michigan. A number of zoos are located across the state and they’re guaranteed to delight all animal lovers

Child at Zoo

Detroit Zoo

For a wild way to spend your day, visit the more than 2,500 animals at the Detroit Zoo. Children will love walking through Polar Passage, beneath the waters that seals and polar bears swim in. Bringing a daughter? Don't miss the butterfly sanctuary. Bringing a son? Check out the reptile house. When your kids tire of walking, hop aboard the Tauber Railroad for a ride from the back of the zoo to the front entrance (or start your day with the reverse). Stroller and wheelchair rentals are available.

Address: 8450 W. 10 Mile Rd, Royal Oak, Michigan 48067

Phone: 248.541.5717

Website: detroitzoo.org

Binder Park Zoo

Featuring 32 rare and exotic animal exhibits plus 19 domestic animal exhibits, the Binder Park Zoo is set on 433 acres of natural forests and wetlands. So for those of you doing the math, there are a lot of animals and they are surrounded by a vast expanse of land. You'll have a bird's eye view of the zoo's residents from the unique elevated walkways. Don't miss the Wild Africa Exhibit, Swamp Adventure or the new Conservation Carousel, and the Miller Children's Zoo inside of Binder Park Zoo features a petting zoo and a dinosaur play area

Address: 7400 Division Dr, Battle Creek, Michigan 49014

Phone: 269.979.1351

Website: binderparkzoo.org

GarLyn Zoo

The Garlyn Zoo is an intimate, family-run zoo located in a park-like setting on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Though small, they do have animals from six of the seven continents and add more every year. Their animals are people friendly, and you can purchase grain and apples in the gift shop to feed to the animals. Visit the website for a money-saving coupon. Due to the weather in the Upper Peninsula, the GarLyn Zoo is open only during the summer.

Address: W9104 US Highway 2, Naubinway, Michigan 49762

Phone: 906.477.1085

Website: garlynzoo.com

Potter Park Zoo

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! The 58 acres of the Potter Park Zoo are home to a wide array of animals, many of which are threatened or endangered. There are regular special programs for children and adults, but you can always visit the permanent exhibits including the petting zoo, bird and reptile house and the Coral Reef Room, where a number of tanks showcase fish and coral. Also available for an extra fee are pony and camel rides.

Address: 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave, Lansing, Michigan 48912

Phone: 517.483.4222

Website: potterparkzoo.org

Children's Zoo

The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square wants to know, "How do you zoo?" And if you've never really thought about it, I'm sure they could offer some suggestions. From alpacas to zebra leg tarantulas, there are animals A to Z here. The Crawl Space contains creepy, crawly creatures that are sure to gross you out while delighting your children. Other notable things to do include riding the train or carousel and visiting the Children's Garden.

Address: 1730 South Washington Ave, Saginaw, Michigan 48601

Phone: 989.759.1408

Website: saginawzoo.com