Difficulty: EASY Cost: ($8-12/Person)
The DeYoung Family Zoo is located in the UP in Wallace, Michigan, but we were able to visit while we were staying at a cabin in Crivitz, WI and the drive was around a half an hour from there. The distance and drive is worth it, though. If you are ever near the area, you won't find another zoo like this one! The animals are in close enclosures where you can get up-close and personal with them, and the variety and involvement of animals is awesome! They had different kinds of cross-breed livestock, tons of monkeys, tigers, panthers, you name it. David even got to hold a little baby kangaroo while we looked at the handler with crazy-eyes like, "Do you know who you just handed that baby animal to?!"
Overall, the zoo was toddler-friendly, small enough to not need a stroller, and such a unique experience that we plan to return next year!
From their website:
The DeYoung Family Zoo is nestled in the wilderness of the beautiful Upper Peninsula. This is NOT a big city zoo, step out of the box, away from the concrete jungle and come along on a new journey. You will love the natural setting filled with amazing animals from around the world. Large natural habitats, education through hands-on experiences, as well as up close and personal family fun! It’s all waiting for you at the DeYoung Family Zoo!