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John Ball Zoo

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1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100
+1 616-336-4301
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Always a great place to visit

We love to go many different times when Zoo is open. We see many different animals each time. Some... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
bjaneglas
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Kentwood, Michigan
Always a ball

This is the perfect zoo for families looking for a fun outing that isn’t an all day affair. It... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Carly M
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John Ball Zoo inspires our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. Over 1,500 animals including lions, tigers, bears (oh my) and chimpanzees! John Ball Zoo brings brings behind-the-scenes training and care to the public daily. Both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Interactive experiences include a funicular (tram), zip line, high ropes course, and more! We are closed for the season! We will reopen March 10, 2018
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good35%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“zip line” (87 reviews)
“tiger exhibit” (42 reviews)
“ropes course” (32 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100
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1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100
+1 616-336-4301
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love to go many different times when Zoo is open. We see many different animals each time. Some are more visible in the morning so always a good time to go.

Thank bjaneglas
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the perfect zoo for families looking for a fun outing that isn’t an all day affair. It takes a couple hours (about 2-3) to explore. Lots of great animals like bears, tigers, otters, and the penguins! A cute petting zoo for kids and...More

Thank Carly M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved seeing all of the animals, fyi summer is the best time because in the winter the put most of them away.

Thank Mariah F
Reviewed 16 December 2017

We're members here and come here frequently with my boy. This is a nice little zoo, with a handful of decent exhibits, the best being the tigers, they really do have a great tiger exhibit here with a couple tigers that are frequently active and...More

Thank mprach024
Reviewed 21 November 2017

Pretty average zoo, nothing we haven't seen before. The one thing my 8 year old liked was the zipline. It's nothing too big or fast, just right for her first time. Some of the animals we couldn't see in the exhibit, most others were moving...More

Thank jasandamy
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

I have taken my teenage kids here a few times now and we love it every time. There are many different kinds of animals here. It's alot of fun to feed the parakeets and pet the sting rays. There's plenty of places to eat and...More

Thank Jodie T
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Thanks for the review! Unfortunately we do not have our stingrays anymore, but we still have budgies to feed, and plenty of other great experiences!

Reviewed 10 November 2017

I just love our zoo! We go at least once a year now, used to be more when the kids and grandkids were smaller. I would recommend it to anyone

Thank suzannesL4093UW
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Thanks for the review! We love our visitors.

Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

It was a very cold day but we still really enjoyed ourselves. The animals were still out and there were heated buildings for certain animals because of the cold. There are a lot of trees which makes for beautiful scenery in the fall!

Thank Melissa T
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for visiting.

Reviewed 10 November 2017

John Ball Zoo is a great place to spend the day with your children. Matter of fact, when my kids were younger we use to always buy a summer pass. The zoo is small enough that you can see everything in one day. There are...More

Thank MRB0204
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Thanks for the review, and thanks for visiting!

Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We come here every few years just to see what's new. It's a fun Zoo to visit. There was 5 of us adults and it entertained us for a couple hours. It's on the smaller end and we came during Halloween so some of the...More

Thank Ray C
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Thanks for visiting! We appreciate your feedback.

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Elizabeth B
13 August 2017|
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Response from HungryEpicurean | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the first building when you come up the entrance hill on the right.
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Tracy S
3 July 2017|
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Response from Kat W | Property representative |
Hi Tracy, Detroit Zoo members get 50% off admission to John Ball Zoo
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