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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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Best zoo ever!

I have visited zoos all my life, but this one is a new level of interaction! Even on a beautiful... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Glenda T
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Winnebago, Illinois, United States
via mobile
Beautiful local zoo

This is a gem of a zoo that we really enjoyed visiting. It's attention to conservation and animals... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Cntrychica
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Orlando, Florida
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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!
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good35%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“zip line” (84 reviews)
“tiger exhibit” (42 reviews)
“ropes course” (32 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I have visited zoos all my life, but this one is a new level of interaction! Even on a beautiful fall day, when some exhibits were closed for the season, we were blown away. You have to see the tigers! They walked along with us...More

Thank Glenda T
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for visiting, Glenda! We are happy to hear you had a great experience.

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is a gem of a zoo that we really enjoyed visiting. It's attention to conservation and animals is excellent! Definitely worth visiting!

Thank Cntrychica
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not to big, you can make an easy day trip out of this. Fun for all ages. I go at least twice a year.

Thank Lyn T
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for visiting, Lyn!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Introduces Pelicans, turtles, ducks etc to small children. A stroller/wagon a must as most of the long walk is up hill. Wooden train play area, zip line and tram. Well done habitats. Lions and tigers at the tip top. Small aquarium. Unfortunately several empty cages...More

Thank marfaith2
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It is our off season currently, so not all of our animals are on exhibit due to the weather. Our admission price is discounted because of this. We appreciate your feedback!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time. Its always fun to bring the family here. Most of the anumals were out. Really great exhibit was the red panda. Also visit the bird cage. A lot of fun for only $1.

Thank Mitchell F
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting, Mitchell!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very poor attraction - few animals on display - the grounds/water where most of the animals were was dirty - especially in the aquarium and penguin exhibit - there was not even a sign at the entrance marking it as the zoo - drove right...More

Thank Scott K
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are very sorry you had a poor experience, Scott. It is our off season currently, so not all of our animals are out due to the weather. However, the price of admission is discounted because of this. We always strive for a high level...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited each of the four largest zoos in Michigan (Detroit - Potter Park - Binder Park - John Ball) and this is without a doubt in my mind the best zoo of them all. While it is definitely the smallest of the three that...More

Thank titangilas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this zoo, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. It's fun to watch the penguins, feed the birds, and our little one loves the petting zoo portion. Highly recommend a trip to this zoo.

Thank littlevalleydr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While not the biggest or fanciest zoo, this medium zoo has many of the most interesting animals and is rarely crowded. There is a small petting area for little ones. Be aware that the terrain is hilly and may be challenging for young children.

Thank SMF-Collegeville
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visit this zoo in between our hockey games last weekend. It was a great day. We ate lunch at the Kiosk when you walk in. I had a burger, wife had a roll up and son had pulled pork Nacho. All Awesome. The zoo is...More

Thank Damien H
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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
4 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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