Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw, Michigan

Saginaw’s Children’s Zoo is a wonderful travel destination for families with small children. Visiting the zoo makes for a wonderful family getaway in the summer time. The Children’s Zoo in Saginaw is an ideal choice for a one or two day outing. You can get through all of the exhibits in just a few hours; however, there is much to see and appreciate for all age groups. It is also small enough for the family with little tikes to maneuver.

The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square in Saginaw, Michigan - Dee Dee Smith (http://)

Animal Exhibits

The Saginaw Children’s Zoo is proud of its diverse collection. They have an array of birds and fowl to see such as the American crow, peafowl and emu, along with various other animals like the green iguana, wolf, miniature donkey, Eastern grey kangaroo and Clydesdale horse. Additionally, the zoo offers both an insect and amphibian exhibit.


When hungry you can stop by the concession stands for a hot sandwich or light snack. The Saginaw zoo also allows guests to bring a sack lunch or picnic basket for dining in the park. If open to leaving the park, there are a few restaurants along nearby Court Street and Michigan Avenues (about five minutes from the zoo). For more variety however, you can take I-675 north to the Tittabawasee Road exit where there are several fast food and fine dining establishments.

Other Zoo Activities

The miniature train has long been a popular attraction at the Saginaw Children’s Zoo. It is a fun and enjoyable ride for adults and children alike. Other activities include a carousel, gift shop, butterfly and flower gardens for patrons to enjoy. Zoo guests are allowed to experience the animals close up at the petting and feeding area, or during one of the zoo’s many amphitheater shows.

Throughout the summer, the zoo offers special theme days such as the “ice cream zoofari”, “breakfast with the animals”, “arctic zoo fest” and “thrifty Tuesday” (with admission at half-price for the day).

Admission to the zoo is $7 for adults and children (infants are admitted for free). The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square is located on Washington Avenue near Court Street. Travelers looking to lodge close to the zoo should consider the Montague Inn (just a few blocks down on Washington Avenue) or the Saginaw Plaza Hotel and Convention Center (just minutes away).

The city of Saginaw is in the Central Eastern region of Michigan. It is about thirty minutes north of Flint, and an hour and a half from both Detroit and Lansing.

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