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John Ball Zoo

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Lots of great exhibits! Wonderful visit! The chimpanzee exhibit was amazing, and staff was very... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
315heatherh
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Altoona, Iowa
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We were very pleasantly surprised by what a great day we had at the Zoo. Incredible settings and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
robpY1520YZ
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Royal Oak, Michigan
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John Ball Zoo inspires our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. Over 2,000 animals including lions, tigers, bears (oh my) and chimpanzees! John Ball Zoo brings behind-the-scenes training and...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100
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+1 616-336-4301
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of great exhibits! Wonderful visit! The chimpanzee exhibit was amazing, and staff was very knowledgeable.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 315heatherh
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were very pleasantly surprised by what a great day we had at the Zoo. Incredible settings and natural environment with which to enjoy all that's there.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank robpY1520YZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

We take our 3-6 y/o grandchildren here yearly. It is delightful for them and they are able to experience adventure along with seeing the animals. The tigers and bears are always a hit. The lions are always lazy. The chimps are fascinating. Great venue for...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Lewmurray
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having been to various zoos over the the years, one of the biggest complements I give to the John Ball Zoo is how close one can get to the animals!!! My husband was fascinated by the Lions, while the quiet and serene of the tree...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank PerformingAngel
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this zoo. All the exhibits were well kept and most had multiple viewing areas. The weather was cool and the animals were fantastic! The Tigers and Lions were awesome. The red pandas were also precious. The John Ball Zoo is worth a visit!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank celiad152
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not the zoo of my childhood. It has been revamped and updated. They have zip lines and a rope course for the adventurous. The park has many animals and they have become more humane thru the years. We enjoyed our day at the...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank limila
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is not a big zoo, also the aquarium is disappointing, the cable train does not have a great view. Some of the area designs like the waterfalls are really beautiful. Some things are pricy.....

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Shirly and Oren R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Its looking tired but still fun. Food was not the best and expensive but expect at a zoo. Hidden in neighborhoods and hard to believe you are in “the city”. We had a lot of fun and look forward to coming back soon.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank MichiganTravelGuy1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We try to get to the John Ball Zoo whenever we are in the area. The cost is very reasonable and they participate with other zoos, so we got in free with a membership to a Saginaw Zoo. Just so you are aware, the walk...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank SharonEssexville
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It has been about a year since our last visit to the zoo. IMHO it is alright for a small zoo. There is a pretty good variety of animals, but the enclosures could be larger. There are a lot of up and down hills to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank rainbowhorse
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dbhellman
May 22, 2019|
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Response from Kat W | Property representative |
Senior admission is $10 a person.
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May 20, 2019|
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We welcome trained service animals needed for disabilities.
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May 16, 2019|
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Yes, you can bring those items into John Ball Zoo. Hope to see you soon!
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