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John Ball Zoo

1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49501
616.336.4301
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Ranked #12 of 25 Attractions in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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English first
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

Been coming for years and seen it expand. Just wish some of the animals were more visible. Like the tigers I went at open and left at five the tigers never came out.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We've had a family pass to the John Ball Zoo for many years and I always look forward to a trip to the zoo with the kids. The zoo is a nice size for walking with any age of kid and not so large that it takes all day. Many of the exhibits provide fairly large areas for the animals... More

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Ada, Mi
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Compared to other zoos we have taken our family to over the past several years, this is a small zoo. We are members so we come often. The zoo is perfect size for kids. You can take your time and make it an afternoon outing.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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104 reviews 104 reviews
66 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We took our toddler to see the animals and he loved it! They are building new habitats which I'm anxious to see completed...food and drinks can be pricey but a fun day all around. Make sure to check out the aquarium...it was my sons favorite spot.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I love this zoo lions and tigers and bears oh yes I go every other week this zoo has gotten better when many settle on ok John Ball strives for awesome and better from fun early in spring to boo in the zoo in the end of October always fun and exciting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014 via mobile

Visited today as a pass through stop. Very well designed zoo with spot on pricing. Some of the exibits were off due to the weather but we expected that. You could tell the employees really enjoyed what they do and the grounds animals reflect that pride. Planning on coming back next year when its warmer even if it is 4... More

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Grand Rapids
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This is anode zoo to take your family to. They have interaction items for the kids and a nice picnic area for you to eat at. Take the family you will enjoy it.

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Iowa
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116 reviews 116 reviews
28 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

John Ball Zoo wasn't initially on our list to do in Grand Rapids. Our rental property was relatively close, we noticed the signs upon driving by and decided to add it to the list. The blanket of fall color that current sits above the zoo is worth the walk through in and of itself! It appears the zoo has lots... More

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East Lansing, Michigan
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80 reviews 80 reviews
24 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I took my two young kids, my mom, and my middle school cousin to John Ball zoo and it was great. I loved that because we have a membership to another zoo, it was free for my kids and I. We all had a great time! It was more than 2 hours of fun and the hands-on activities were their... More

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Anchorage, Alaska
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I love this zoo. It's just the right size to see everything while keeping you busy all day. It's not overwhelming like some of the big zoos, and you'll find some shade. We especially loved the ray touch tank, and the camel ride. My son also enjoyed the ropes course and the little zip line. It was fun to have... More

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