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John Ball Zoo

1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49501
616.336.4301
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Ranked #18 of 36 Attractions in Grand Rapids
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Zoos
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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Pro's - VERY clean, inexpensive, easy to navigate, free parking Con's - a little on the small side but for the price you can't beat it, animal selection is scarce but again (the price), if you're hungry while in the park you only have limited options. Overall a nice zoo that is inexpensive and quaint. I recommend this as a... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I have been coming to John Ball Zoo since I was a kid. Over the years it hasn't changed a ton, but has had some improvements done. We decided today to head out to the zoo as they have a new tiger exhibit. Though the exhibit isn't complete the tigers are out on display...except today as they were painting. The... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The John Ball Zoo is small but growing. There are camel rides, a petting zoo and one is able to touch stingrays. There is a scenic ride that one can take, a zip line that begins at the top of a waterfall in the children's zoo, and an adventure ropes course that one is able to navigate, in which I... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I've been to larger and better zoos and maybe that's why the experience here was less satisfactory. It seems like a place more for very little kids. I took my parents to show them around, and there was ample walking to do. We were all exhausted by the end. Lots of great animals to see, but some exotic animals were... More

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This small zoo is constantly improving. The tigers are great and have s a spacious enclosure, and it is still growing. Enjoyed petting stingrays and sharks. They have something special to offer every day, like different animal enrichment. There are a lot of hand on activities for kids.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Group of four one being in a wheelchair. You can rent a chair free with submission of valid ID. Also you can rent a moving chair for 22$ we were fine getting around with the manual. Exhibits easy to get to you get a nice calf work out gong up the ramps but fun none the less. Tigers were our... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This zoo has luster that some zoo's I've been to do not. Let's start from the way in & work into the pros & cons.. (Aug 31st, 2014) GPS set and as we got off 131 the route leads into some of the suburbs of the area with 4 way stops. Some seedy sections look wise, but I wasn't expecting... More

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Grand Rapids, MI
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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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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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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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