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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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A great mid-size city zoo experience!

I used to visit John Ball Zoo with my family while growing up. In recent visits, I find it to be an even better eyxperience decades later. It is no a huge venue, but has... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
Jim B
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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57 reviews 57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

I used to visit John Ball Zoo with my family while growing up. In recent visits, I find it to be an even better eyxperience decades later. It is no a huge venue, but has everything a zoo should have, from apes to zebras! Great family fun at indoor and outdoor exhibits. Snakes, alligators, birds, lions, tigers, and bears...oh my!... More 

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Clayton, North Carolina
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I LOVE the John Ball Zoo. It seems like this place is always improving on what they have. So many animals to see and interact with. My kids and I had a terrific time petting sting rays and sharks!

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Detroit, Michigan
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113 reviews 113 reviews
31 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This small zoo has clearly seen better days but as we saw it is a great choice for small children--it is a small zoo which limits the amount of walking you need to do and the kids can quickly get from one exhibit to the next. With that said older children used to the more up to date larger zoos... More 

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Michigan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

Great place for a date or a day with toddlers and grandparents. Have obviously worked hard to make it a family friendly place. The adjacent park is nice, too.

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Port Huron, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This is a smaller zoo but worth a visit. It is very interactive and you can see many of the animals, etc up close.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I enjoyed my time at this zoo, but there were a few things that can be improved on. There was only one food stand open at the very front with very long lines. It took almost 30 minutes per person at the window. I ended up getting out the line because the lines were outrageous. There was nothing open in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Likes: Decent collection of animals n birds, great for strollers, best part is the Sahara Lion and the history of the tribes from that area Least likes: some of the animals in isolation not in pairs

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Kalkaska, Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I knew going to this zoo that it was going to be on the small side. But take that with numerous things shut down and it's just tiny. It could use some help with cleanliness as well. The animals need bigger areas to play. Save your time and money and go to a different zoo.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

John Ball Zoo has been improved greatly - A plus for my beloved Grand Rapids city - Nice place for family with kids...or w/o kids

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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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