The Detroit Zoo – A Winter Wonderland!

By: Kate Chidester | January 23, 2013

The Detroit Zoo is a great place for a summertime excursion, but what many people don’t know is that the zoo is actually open year round. They are only closed 3 days out of the entire year (Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day). Are you wondering what there is to do at the zoo in the wintertime? Well, there’s plenty!

The Detroit Zoo has one of the best polar bear exhibits in the country. As the temperatures drop, the bears come out to play. Unlike black and brown bears, polar bears do not hibernate, so the winter is a great time to catch them in action. The Amur tigers are another species that love the cold weather. They play and frolic in the snow and are a blast to watch. In fact, there are many species at the Detroit Zoo that prefer the lower temps. Snow Macaques, Red Panda, Harp Seals and Arctic Fox all come from cold climates and flourish in the cold weather.

Another plus to visiting the zoo in the wintertime is that you manage to avoid the summer crowds. There usually are far less visitors in the cold months and you have the animals to yourself. This can equate to some of the best animal watching of the year!

In addition, there are Wild Winter Weekends happening all season. These fun and interactive weekends combine the excitement of the exhibits with other activities such as children’s music, keeper talks, arts and crafts and more. The activities will be held from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on select weekends from January to March.

Take a look at the following schedule for the Wild Winter Weekends:

Wild Winter Arctic Adventures: January 12 & 13, 2013

Wild Winter African Safari: February 9 & 10, 2013

Wild Winter Safari Social: March 9 & 10, 2013

Don’t miss out on the joy and excitement that the Detroit Zoo has to offer this winter. Bundle up, bring some hot cocoa and make a date with the animals!