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John Ball Zoo

Address: 1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49501
Phone Number: 616.336.4301
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Ranked #13 of 86 things to do in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014

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Jenison, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We frequently go to the zoo with our grandchildren. The additions in the past couple of years have really enhanced the visit. The upper level and the tigers were enjoyable. Also the camel rides. Its a great place to visit. Nice staff and zoo helpers also.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Tucked up in the hillside surrounded by John Ball Park is an elegantly staged zoo. This spot on the Grand Rapids map of attractions is for everyone, young and old. Wear your walking shoes and bring a sun hat so you are comfortable. The zoo provides stopping off spots to rest, relax, and have an ice cream while enjoying the... More 

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Enjoy the petting areas and the bears. Finally saw the tigers out, amazing how close and large they seem up close. The layout is interesting since it's quite "hilly" considering it's downtown. Food is typical, nothing special. Kids always like the bird house (finches) and feeding them. Also they enjoy the stingray exhibit when it's running.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We visited on a beautiful, warm & sunny day. Unfortunately several of the larger animals weren't out which was very disappointing. We were told they had vets visiting. It is unfortunate that they couldn't make those visits for after the park closed. What we did see was fabulous! The park employees we encountered were very friendly other than the girls... More 

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GRAND RAPIDS
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Family friendly and easy to walk. Lots of exciting exhibits in as close to nature settings as they can get for the creatures on display. You should really enjoy yourself here! They have a great website with all the information you'll need to make your visit complete. http://www.johnballzoosociety.org/info.php

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Hilton Head SC
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

What a great zoo right here in Grand Rapids. The walking was beautiful, the people very friendly, and lions, tigers and bears oh my!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great place in a excellently maintained facility. It is great for a Sunday walk or a weekend stroll. The Animals are great and they have visiting exhibits yearly. My wife an I are members. in the summer and fall we go about every two weeks. I didn't get to see my Bald Eagle over the Grand Canyon, but I did... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We visited the zoo on a beautiful day in May with our very vivacious grandkids. The exhibits were simple and lacking in adventurous variety. With variety being the key word. The most entertaining exhibit was the bear as it held my grandkids attention for some time. I wouldn't recommend this zoo for a short walk in the park, as exhibits... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I've taken our grandkids here twice & never been disappointed. They especailly loved the zip line and the camel ride. Take your own food, as concessions can be pricey for a large family. It's a great place to spend a great day.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Great outdoor location with a new Siberian tiger exhibit I hadn't been here since childhood decades ago but it was a lot of fun

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