Walk on the Wild Side

Experience nature up close in the GarLyn Zoo’s park-like surroundings


Photograph by Jesse David Green

For over 20 years, the family-run GarLyn Zoo has nurtured an organic atmosphere that is home to hundreds of native and exotic animals, including a lemur, a bison, and many more. Located 40 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge, GarLyn is the largest zoo in the eastern Upper Peninsula. 

Explore the cedar-mulched trails and try your hand at feeding animals like deer, goats, and llamas. Don’t miss the chance to feed apples to Millie the Syrian Brown Bear. 

The GarLyn Zoo is open seven days a week during its season (May through mid-October). Not all of the animals are on-site during the early part of the season because they require warmer weather to survive. Parking is free, however, the zoo does not allow outside food or beverages.

US-2, Naubinway; 906-477-1085; garlynzoo.com


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