Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo opened in 1920 and is one of the oldest continuously operated zoos in Michigan. It sits on 20 acres adjacent to Potter Park, an 80-acre oak forest. The zoo is home to 500 animals and 180 species. While elephants and giraffes are not at this zoo, popular exhibits include North American river otters, Magellanic Penguins, the critically endangered Black Rhinos, a Giant Anteater and  favorite big cats, the African Lions and Siberian Tigers. The zoo is open 264 days a week and can be seen easily within a 90-minute walk. The zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
  • (517) 342-2713

The beautifully landscaped 100-acre park, gardens and zoo are situated in an old oak forest along the Red Cedar River. Located in the heart of the Capital City, Potter Park Zoo exhibits more than 400 animals from around the world. A zoo for all seasons, Potter Park is open all…



Hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Resident Adult: $7.00
Non-Resident Adult: $14.00
Resident Senior (60+): $5.00
Non-Resident Senior: $12.00
All Children (ages 3-12): $5.00
All Children Under 3: FREE
(Resident refers to anyone living in Ingham County.)


Hours: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

All Adults: $4.00
All Children (ages 3-12): $3.00
All Children Under 3: FREE

FAQs & Tips

  • Only service dogs are permitted inside the zoo.
  • Kids under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children under age 3 are free
  • Residents (reside in Ingham County) are admitted on non-holiday Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon for FREE.

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