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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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Much improved since my last visit years ago

Remember going to this zoo when I first moved to Michigan in the early 2000's, and wow, has it improved! Didn't spend a lot of time here, was a spur of the moment trip because it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Charlotte, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We have always loved this zoo. Today with this trip we took a ride on the new tram, took a camel ride, pet a baby shark, and pet a sting ray. They have added and enhanced a majority of exhibits. It's definitely a zoo you could spend a good part of your day at.

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Charlotte, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Remember going to this zoo when I first moved to Michigan in the early 2000's, and wow, has it improved! Didn't spend a lot of time here, was a spur of the moment trip because it was nicer in Grand Rapids than our town, and we get free reciprocal entry due to a membership at a different zoo. But, what... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Able to see a lot of the wildlife, but the Wildlife have small enclosures, and some don't seem to be well cared for (but that is speculation) If you have been to other metro zoos, this one will not compare

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Charlotte, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Great zoo for a nice afternoon visit. I was surprised how many animals were on exhibit. The staff is friendly and knowledgable about the exhibits. It's obvious they enjoy their jobs and the animals. There area couple restaurants within the zoo, but I didn't eat, so I can't comment on them.

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76 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This is a great mid sized zoo with a wide array of healthy, well fed, well cared for and well provided for animals! It is obvious in everything you see! Those who gripe about how zoo's are cruel to animals obviously don't understand that EVERY animal here, are poachable by man or other animals killing them. They are safe and... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 via mobile

The bird exhibitions were so sad, hardly enough room to fly, just pathetic. The Tiger was so skinny and just paced back and forth, as did the lion. The place was clean. Small zoo, most animals appeared under malnutrition sad,and lifeless . Very disappointed.

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Holland, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

It's a medium sized zoo nestled into a nook of the city. They don't have the big African animals other than a really nice lion exhibit. The walkthrough with wallabies is a major highlight, they hop up to you and you can pet them. Penguin area is small but well done, as is the tidal pool in the same building,... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

A great way to spend a few hours. You do have to walk up hill, so if you are not in shape, it is better to take your time going up and look at the exhibits. This will allow you to catch your breath. Once you get to the top, you have quite a few nice areas to check out.... More 

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is a small/medium zoo with a lot of fun to be had. In addition to the fun animal exhibits (the otters are a big hit), there are fun activities for all the kids. As you head up the amazing tiger trail, there are some free-range kid fun - a cargo net jumping zone, branch building, a "camp" site, and... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

This is a beautiful zoo just minutes from downtown Grand Rapids. They have recentyly made some changes from what I was told. My toddler really enjoyed the petting zoo and stingray experience. They have the Funicular which is a sky tram system that looks really neat. They also have a rope's course and zip line for additional fees. If your... More 

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Address: 1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49501
Phone Number: 616.336.4301
Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Kent County  >  Grand Rapids

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