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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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Tigers and the Tram...

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Comstock Park, Michigan
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Comstock Park, Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

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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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

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 NEW

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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Best zoo in West Michigan. Just the right size to go with little ones. The zoo adds new exhibits and continues to improve each year so if you say, been there done that....try it again.

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Saranac
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

This isn't as grand as the Detroit Zoo or Binder Park, but it's great for what they do have. Volunteers are friendly and knowledgable - they seem to like their 'jobs' and it shows. There are quite a few opportunities to actually learn something here, instead of just looking at animals. It's a great smaller zoo, just doesn't have an... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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53 reviews 53 reviews
34 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

John Ball Zoo has really grown and gotten so much better in the past 15 years. They are constantly upgrading the exhibits and adding new ones. No longer do you feel bad for the animals in tiny enclosures, now you enjoy seeing them live in a much more natural habitat. They are still working on upgrading the old attractions, but... More 

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Jenison, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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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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