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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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There's Charm, but Lacking

We have been to this zoo in the past when our children were smaller and enjoyed ourselves. Now the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
DutchLace
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Holland, Michigan
Way better Zoo's elswhere

I am not a huge zoo fan to begin with....this particular zoo is small and just lacks... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Toni J
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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%
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“zip line” (88 reviews)
“tiger exhibit” (42 reviews)
“ropes course” (32 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100
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+1 616-336-4301
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"perfect size"
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"once a year"
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"a great place to spend"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We have been to this zoo in the past when our children were smaller and enjoyed ourselves. Now the kids are older and we went again. There is a charm here, don't get me wrong, but as the kids said, "Its sad to see the...More

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Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hi there, thanks for taking the time to provide us feedback! As far as our animals not being in pairs, under current state law we are not allowed to breed large carnivores, meaning we cannot keep our male and female tigers and lions together. We...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not a huge zoo fan to begin with....this particular zoo is small and just lacks something....If you like zoo's go to the Washington DC, Cincinnati, San Diego, Detroit. Just to name a few. These animals in the zoo should just be sent to...More

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Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your experience, Toni. Although we are a smaller sized zoo, we do have over 1,300 animals and a variety of experiences for our guests to enjoy, such as a zip line and a four-story ropes course! We...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you haven't been to the Grand Rapids Zoo in a while go back and you will be in for a treat. It has grown up not only is there animals but new things to try. Did you ever walk on a plank bridge well...More

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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

One day activity. Kids loved it. They have tigers ,bear and lot of other international species of animals birds reptiles

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Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting!

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Reviewed 27 February 2018

Great Museum with a lot of exhibits to take up your day, easy walking and especially fun for kids. They do a nice job keeping it clean and up to date. Will be fun to see all of the new projects they are expected to...More

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Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2018

We appreciate the review! We will see you this Spring.

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

The layout of this zoo is beyond unique. Situated between rolling hills, the animals are in wonderful, realistic exhibits that enable them to live their life to the fullest while we get to observe their natural beauty.

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Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thanks for visiting!

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Reviewed 4 February 2018

This is a very nice local zoo. It is not too big or too small. It has been here for years. I remember visiting it as a child and now I am taking my grandchildren here when I am in town. While it is has...More

Thank Azure H
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Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

We are so happy to hear you and your grandchildren have enjoyed your visits. Thanks for the review!

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Reviewed 27 January 2018 via mobile

It's amazing how many animals the zoo has it's also fun to walk the whole place to see them all. My son's reaction every time is priceless. I remember the first time that we went to family day at the zoo my son kept trying...More

Thank Sarah H
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Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thanks for the review, Sarah!

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Reviewed 23 January 2018

When my wife first suggeted we buy the membership, I was surprised. We had visited here about once a year and that was usually enough for me. But with the grandparents membership (and the plus 1) we have gone multiple times and brought grandkids and...More

Thank Gary V
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Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your John Ball Zoo membership! Thanks for the review, and thanks for being a member!

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

They have done an amazing job in updating our zoo! I’ve been going here since I was a little kid, now I take my grandkids! I love the tigers and monkeys!!! Great zoo! Not so big you can’t get through it all in a few...More

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Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2018

Thanks for your continued patronage!

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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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