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John Ball Zoo

#8 of 77 things to do in Grand Rapids Features Animals
1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100
+1 616-336-4301
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wonderful zoo

We spent 3 hours at this beautiful little zoo built within a forest. plenty of parking... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Chappaqua, New York
Best zoo in Michigan

While we love the Detroit and Saginaw zoos, John Ball Zoo is our favorite. You can get very close... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Julie O
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  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
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1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100
+1 616-336-4301
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent 3 hours at this beautiful little zoo built within a forest. plenty of parking available. WE took to the funicular($3 pp) up and then walked down leisurely. You can rent strollers;We had a 31/3 yer old and 8 year old who managed the...More

Thank deedee1951
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While we love the Detroit and Saginaw zoos, John Ball Zoo is our favorite. You can get very close to most of the animals. Their enclosures are large and seem less restrictive than some others we have visited. Much of the zoo is shaded. Great...More

Thank Julie O
Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all, you do not get a map when you enter. They do not offer a map but they are available if you know to ask. There are few maps posted throughout the zoo but they are so far apart you cannot keep track...More

1  Thank TheRubberKitty
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Neat little zoo It was a rainy day here and the zoo was still open it was nice to cruise through and not have alot of people but the animals were mostly bedded down cause of the rain. Lots of uphill walking so I recommend...More

Thank Bryan W
Reviewed 18 April 2017

I would give this zoo a better rating, except they should give off season pricing. Many of the animals were not on display yet due to a need for warmer weather, but if you can't see all the animals, then why charge the same price....More

2  Thank KS_Braun
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Fun for kids and adults. Go on a cool day and the animals will be more active. Bring your own snacks and drinks because food and drinks are expensive

1  Thank Steffii_R
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Loved all the different areas and places to go from petting stingrays to riding ziplines. I highly recommend making this a full day family outing.

1  Thank Kara R
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We visited in April and had a great time. My son loved riding the Funicular train up the hill. I thought the zoo had a nice variety of animals and exhibits. We especially liked the chimps and bears. The aquarium was great too. Will visit...More

1  Thank BCox5495
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

John Ball Zoo is a great place to bring the family for a day of fun! There are multiple animals which offer a day of fun and overall a cool place to spend a warm spring/summer day!

Thank Review5678
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

We made one last stop at the zoo before heading out of town. We arrived a few minutes before that park opened. It was a Monday morning, 40's, and not crowded at all. We entered and headed for the aquarium. My son loved watching the...More

Thank dreaming_of_summer
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Alenga N
Is the food moderately priced? Has anyone bought a 16" pizza there? trying to decide if a picnic is a better option.
10 August 2015|
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8 August 2015|
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Response from John M | Reviewed this property |
May 11-September 15 prices are $10.00 for ages 14-61, 62 and up is $9.00, children 3-12 are $8.00, 2 and under are free. Parking is free.
is parking free? i can't find anything about it on their site
17 July 2015|
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Response from Colleen M | Reviewed this property |
Parking is free.