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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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Last time we were there was 25 years ago. They have expanded and we laughed about how we often took our children there when we lived near GR. Highly recommended. Not as good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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125 reviews 125 reviews
40 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Last time we were there was 25 years ago. They have expanded and we laughed about how we often took our children there when we lived near GR. Highly recommended. Not as good as Chicago, Indy, Columbus, Ohio and St Louis but better than Madison, WI. Recommended for families and seniors

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Thompsonville, Michigan
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144 reviews 144 reviews
35 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

A visit during spring break was fun and we appreciated the reduced cost due to several animals and exhibits not being open for the season yet. With its location in the hills west of the city, a moderate amount of hiking is to be expected. There is a penguin exhibit and a small aquarium. We enjoy the farm animals and... More 

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toledo
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

John Ball Zoo had so many more animals than I would have expected given it is a much smaller zoo than ours here in Toledo. We just loved it and they had such an interesting variety. The access is great and the zoo is clean and well maintained. There's a funicular at the entrance and beautiful park with dragon sculpture... More 

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Traveling from Kalamazoo, we spent the day at the zoo. Many of the animals were hiding so the best exhibit was the penguins which I did enjoy watching. That is how it is with a zoo though. Some times the animals are out, other times they are not. We went just when opened and stayed through and ate lunch. Food... More 

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Kent City, Michigan
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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

My 2 yr old daughter loves the zoo we bought a 1 yr pass last yr she loved it so much as did my hubby and I so we bought another yr pass this yr the perks are great 10% off on concessions and in gift store and 50% off or free admission to zoos around the u.s we used... More 

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Coldwater, Michigan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We love this zoo. The new tram provides an amazing experience and view of the city. f Great variety of animals and activities to keep everyone busy and occupied.

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arlington heights, IL
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This is a small zoo with heart. You can pet wallabies, feed budgies, touch stingrays, ride a camel. What more could you possibly ask for? Oh, you can bring enrichment items for the animals. See their website for more info on that.

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Comstock Park, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Seeing the tigers and other animal exhibits at John Ball Zoo has never been easier due to the new tram that has been installed at the entrance of the zoo that takes you to the ridge area that overlooks Grand Rapids, MI, and as you exit there is a beautiful event facility as well. The new tiger exhibit Phase 1... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

John ball keeps growing and improving. It's great to see larger habitats for the animals. The funicular however is highly overpriced and waste of money. The zip line is pricey as well but more worth the money. The zoo keepers they're seem knowledgeable, friendly, and to really care about the animals. Looking forward too see what other improvements they will... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

I loved this zoo they had so many different animals there and were a really great value. The staff were friendly and helpful plus they were happy to give information about the various animals that wasn't posted.

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