Polk Penguin Conservation Center Detroit Zoo

When we arrived at the Detroit Zoo we received an extra ticket with our parking passes. This extra ticket gave us our entrance time for the new Polk Penguin Conservation Center. Our first trip to the $30 million dollar state of the art facility. and its very happy residents.

Polk Penguin Conservation Center Detroit Zoo

When we planned our trip I had completely forgotten this addition that opened last summer. We don’t visit places like the zoo while everyone is on vacation. We prefer the small crowds when kids are back in school. A privilege of homeschooling if you will. Our ticket was for the very start of the day so we ventured right over. As you walk in you get to see a similar exhibit to the old penguin house. Owl pressed her face to the glass excited to watch the Penguins preening themselves.

Polk Penguin Conservation Center 4D ship

We walked down a ramp that was surrounded by projected images of a ship’s deck and mistress to make it feel like you were on a ship. This depicts a trip through the straight passage complete with ice blasts and sea mist.

Polk Penguin Conservation Center ship, port holes, science, detroit zoo

As you progress down the ramp cool screens shaped like port holes played videos of various sea animals. Take a moment to enjoy each one. They are a great way to gather information about the arctic sea.

At the bottom, the children found a cook inlet where the Penguins dove down near them giving the children an up close look. Their faces were priceless.

We walked through a tunnel just like the polar bear exhibit has allowed us to be fully under the water as the Penguins in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center swam around us. You are 25 feet under water. Deeper than any other penguin pool in the world and deeper than you could ever see a penguin in the wild.

At the bottom, the children found a cook inlet where the Penguins dove down near them giving the children an up close look. Their faces were priceless. Get up close and personal with penguins

At the bottom, the children found a cook inlet where the Penguins swam down near them giving the children an up close look. Their faces were priceless.

Polk Penguin Conservation Center

We loved learning about how the ice forms in layers and what makes each layer of the ice-foggy or clear. I am still thinking up an experiment to learn about this one hand’s one. The building its self is a gigantic iceberg.

A few tips for visiting the Polk Penguin Conservation Center

Check the time of your ticket. This exhibit is popular and timed tickets help control the flow of traffic so you can enjoy it more. As the exhibit ages, this system will end.

Polk Penguin Conservation Center

Bring your camera. There is so much to see and your children will be in awe. You don’t want to miss the chance to get an ever lasting photo of the wonder and excitement on their faces.

Polk Penguin Conservation Center

Take it slow. You may be tempted to follow the quick flow of visitors as they wonder through the exhibit. You get one chance to enjoy this during your visit so go slow. Enjoy what it has to offer. Read the information provided and really talk to your kids about what they are seeing. Learning should never happen in a hurry.

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  • Tania says:

    That exhibit looks amazing! Penguins always make me smile. Reminds me of Happy Feet.

  • Jennifer says:

    Oh! I’ve heard of this! You are so lucky that you were able to go after the summer crowds died down. My kids just love penguins. I’m going to have to take them there soon!

  • Melissa says:

    I love being able to take my kids to places that are not only fun but will inspire them to be better residents of this planet and care for the creatures with whom we share our world. on my bucket list of places to visit!

  • Stacie says:

    This would be an amazing experience. I just love penguins. Maybe someday I will be able to visit the Detroit Zoo.

  • Tara says:

    Penguins are so fascinating to watch. I love how quick they can swim. This would be fabulous to see in person.

  • Gina says:

    This looks like so much fun! We haven’t been to Michigan but love visiting zoos and aquariums in our area.

  • Bill S says:

    I have always heard amazing things about the San Diego zoo!!! What a fun way to learn about penguins, especially with kids.

  • Jeanette says:

    My son loves penguins. When we were in another country we were able to sit right next to them. I know he would love this place if we ever get up there I will take him there.

  • Kia says:

    Wow! What a cool exhibit. I know my kids would love to watch the penguins and I would too! I’ve never been to Detroit, but if I ever go I’d love to go to the zoo there.

  • Reesa Lewandowski says:

    Penguins are so adorable. They have to be one of my favorite animals!

  • Lisa Favre says:

    Oh my goodness – I’m squeaking with joy! I love penguins and think they are fascinating. This is definitely a place for me to check out.

  • Ann Bacciaglia says:

    My kids would love to go to the Polk Penguin Conservation Center. We are hoping to be in Detroit in the next few months.

  • Oriana Romero says:

    The Zoo is one of our favorite places to go as a family. The Polk Penguin Conservation Center looks like so much fun.

  • Elizabeth Lampman says:

    The Polk Penguin Conservation Center would be a great place to learn about Penguins. Detroit has an amazing Zoo.

  • gingermommyrants says:

    Penguins are amazing creatures. I would love to go to Polk Penguin Conservation Center.

  • Liz Mays says:

    The underwater part of the exhibit sounds amazing. I think penguins are just so cool!

  • Dawn Lopez says:

    I just LOVE penguins so Polk Penguin Conservation Center sounds like a place I would enjoy touring. I really think the observation area under the water would be so cool!

  • Nancy @ whispered inspirations says:

    Love penguins! Never knew they had a conservation center at the Detroit Zoo! Next time I go I’ll be sure to check it out!