Detroit Zoo Open with Safety Precautions in Place

The Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is back open after a long shut down. With capacity restrictions and social distancing enforced, families can feel like they have the zoo all to themselves. 

The indoor facilities are closed, but anything that is open air is fair game. In cooler weather, the animals are sometimes more active and there is still plenty of nature to enjoy. 

Fort Gratiot mom, Emily Herbert, took a trip to the zoo with her young children and friends last Friday. She reflected on the trip, saying, “We really enjoyed our visit. There were some Halloween decorations up, which was a fun touch. We felt very safe as everyone wore masks and could easily socially distance with signs and markings on the ground. It was not over crowded. Despite a few exhibits being closed, the animals we saw were more active than I can ever remember. It was a great experience.”

A trip to the zoo costs between $10 and $19 per person, depending on age. Reservations must be made in advance for a specific entrance time. Traveling to the zoo is about an hour’s drive from Port Huron. Details are at

Reporting for WGRT – Jennie McClelland