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John Ball Zoo

1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49501
616.336.4301
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Ranked #16 of 36 attractions in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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Grand Rapids, MI
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We have been to this zoo several times. There is plenty of parking and a fair amount of animals. Most recently were the addition of the Tiger and bear exhibits. There are alot of hills so be prepared for a workout. We usually spend about 2-3 hours there. Its close to downtown and the suburbs. Admission is free for those... More

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Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I had not been to the John Ball Park Zoo in many decades but recently read many articles about the new and interesting exhibits at the Zoo so we decided to give it whirl. I am not sure who is kidding whom but this is a pathetic example of a zoo. If you are in good physical condition, the many... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It has a great variety of animals. I'd never seen or heard of some of them. They also have a nature play space where you can use logs to build a teepee,there are logs laid down to make an obstacle course/balance beam,and a kitchen with pots and pans to make "forest soup." I did a rope course and wanted to... More

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Dubuque, Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Once you get in there there is more to do then just looking at the animals like most zoos. They have a stingray exhibit where for $1 you can pet the sting rays as they swim by and for another $1 you can feed them which feels kind of weird and they eat the piece of shrimp and fish from... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Our grandkids could come here every week. The know the zoo well and will direct us to the areas they most enjoy. The new Tigers are a hit as are the aquariam and sting ray petting area.

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Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
48 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

I've loved this zoo for 60 years. The familiar path still winds among the exhibits. Monkey Island has been quite depopulated necessarily, but the enhanced and added exhibits still please immensely.

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Pontiac, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

this is everything a zoo should be. it is clean and well kept. a large variety of animals and not very expensive either. i like that this zoo is on the smaller side and you can see everything in one day. the trolley was my favorite part. the skyline view of grand rapids is absolutely stunning. this zoo made my... More

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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

First I wanna say, we are Zoo fans! We have visited many across the US and John Ball is one of my favorites--why? Because it has enough "good" animals and is small! There aren't any great walking distances (ok the tigers is a small trek but that's the only one!) and the viewing areas are very decent! They have a... More

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Brussels
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We have been to many zoos all over the US (and a few in other countries!) but this one is pretty darn awesome. You can bring food and drinks in, which is always a plus with us! Ramps made everything very wheel chair accessible/stroller friendly. Clear, easy to understand info about each animal. Our oldest loved the rope climbing area... More

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michigan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I went to the zoo with my family . My kids are different ages and enjoyed the whole zoo. I love how the zoo had many hills and was not flat like some zoos are . There was plenty of shade provided so if it was too hot just get under a tree. The zip line was fun, I am... More

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