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John Ball Zoo

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Address: 1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49501
Phone Number: 616.336.4301
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Zootastic!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
Kay B
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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 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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We buy season passes and go at least 5-6 times a year. The kids love it and we love it because they do. For season tickets holders though I'd recommend that they reduce the price of the activities and concessions to half.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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95 reviews 95 reviews
33 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The John Ball Zoo has been around for decades. Unfortunately, it is very land locked. They have tried to improve it over the years, but a city of the size of Grand Rapids should be ashamed of the lackluster zoo. Toledo, OH is close to the size of Grand Rapids and I would drive hours to see that zoo over... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The zoo is well laid out and easy to get around in. There are lots of displays and activities for young children as well as adults. Food is available. The zoo is consistently adding new displays.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Very nice small zoo. Perfect for families with small children. They even have a zip line for older kids. Not to hard but still an adventure.

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GR, MI
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

My family and I have been visiting this zoo for years now. They love summer time when the small sharks and sting rays. My girls love to feed the birds and also pet the farm animals. We really enjoy the new tiger exhibit area. Kids have lots to do and see. The zoo has not changed much but the small... More 

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

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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55 reviews 55 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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