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Address: 1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100
Phone Number: +1 616-336-4301

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Great experience for kids and affordable for entire family

The John Ball is not the largest zoo by any means, but the value is outstanding! You are able to interact with the animals in a way that not too many other zoos allow. The best... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Joe F
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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Lansing, Michigan
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29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We love John Ball Zoo, and are lucky to be able to visit at least once a year for my company's family picnic. Plan a long half-day visit, longer if you wait to experience the ropes course or ziplines during peak times on the weekend. There is a nice park surrounding the zoo with areas to picnic - pack your... More 

Thank MRR48917
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A medium size but very interactive zoology park. I went with my 2 grandsons, 8 & 10 years of age and they loved every minute of it. A good size park for a single day visit. Prices are reasonable although there are the fees for extra activities. A very good value for the money. The park was very clean and... More 

Thank Dan C
Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The John Ball is not the largest zoo by any means, but the value is outstanding! You are able to interact with the animals in a way that not too many other zoos allow. The best attractions are the Tiger Exhibit, the Sting Ray tank (which unfortunately might be down for repairs), and the Kangaroo (I think they are actually... More 

Thank Joe F
Detroit, Michigan
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37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to spend the day with family. Friendly staff, lots to see and do. Well worth the price of admission. Save money and get a yearly family pass.

Thank davidrK5310LM
Park Ridge, Illinois
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Clean and large family friendly zoo. Something for everyone. The high ropes and zip lining were a big hit with the teens.

Thank Michelle B
Charlotte, Michigan
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was the day before it was to close for the year. The animal exhibits ere excellent. Some features were shut down for the year like the zip line. I would visit again.

Thank spiderehlers
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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791 reviews
355 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everyone tries really hard at the John Ball Zoo. Their enclosures are large and they have a continual improvement plan that always is working on something. Interactive things for kids are also good, a funicular train, large petting zoo, camel rides, interactive bird enclosure, all the things zoos should have There is also an excellent volunteer network. It's a good... More 

Thank RickMIusa
Hunstanton, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice autumnal walk but very outdated when compared to other zoos. Some animals are very difficult to see, especially for shorter people and children in waggons/strollers. Many exhibits closed. Definetly not worth paying for a 2 year old when othet places let them in for free.

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Kentwood, Michigan
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Intermediate size zoo with plenty of interaction and improved habitats for some of the larger animals. Zip line, Funicular rail car, petting zoo, camel rides, parakeet feeding, stingray petting and more. Constantly growing and improving. Great banquet facilities with awesome view of the Grand Rapids skyline, perfect for weddings, class reunions or any event. Free parking and picnic area just... More 

Thank dadams6593
Lansing, Michigan
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We went to the tree house for a wedding reception. It was beautiful inside and out. Would highly recommend for a party. Good food, great staff!

Thank Linda B

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