John Ball Zoo
John Ball Zoo
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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 care to the public daily. Guests can enjoy both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Interactive experiences include a funicular (tram), zip line, high ropes course, and more! The Zoo closes in the winter so be sure to check out the website for open dates and times.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Meets animal welfare guidelines
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles777 reviews
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Chris-Michelle M
70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We were killing a few hours before we had to catch our flight, so we went here to kill some time. We were so happy we did! The place was amazing. It had animals I had never heard of, like a pygmy hippo. It was adorable. The place was laid out very nicely and had lovely habitats. It was shaded in several areas and had interactive things for children. It was a nice time!
Written May 12, 2024
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snooz9886
Grand Blanc, MI29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Such a beautiful display of Chinese lanterns and sea life! So glad I was able to visit the zoo. The display is phenomenal!
Written May 9, 2024
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Maps587329
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
The staff scheduled to service the meerkat exhibit during the Meerkat 'breakfast with the animals'. Guess what we didn't have during the Meerkat breakfast with the animals? Meerkats.
Written August 2, 2023
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Clint R
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Pretty disappointing. Took grandson and didn't hardly see any animals. I'll make trip to Chicago next time and go to Brookfield Zoo.

Written July 21, 2023
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FarAway08548816360
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Always a great experience. Would definitely recommend for anyone! I have been going here my whole life. Never a bad experience.
Written July 20, 2023
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Jamie W
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This zoo is a little smaller than the one we’re used to, but the enclosures and animal habitats are extremely well built. Lots of lush greenery and shade everywhere throughout the zoo. We took advice found from another poster - if you have kids and/or a stroller take the tram up and walk down. The zoo is built on a hill and the incline is steep in some areas. We took a Wonderfold into the zoo, took the tram up, and then zig zagged around on our way down to see everything. Highly recommend this as it was an easy walk and we saw everything before ending up back at the entrance/exit. The tram was roughly $4/per person (a little less for our toddler). 3 and under were free. The zoo also recognizes reciprocal memberships if you’re not from the area which got us a discounted entry fee.
Written July 9, 2023
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Pete S
Davenport, FL4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Absolutely loved it second year of having my little girls birthday. It was always spot on the staff is amazing they help you clean up at the end which they didn’t have to do help set up balloons tables, which they didn’t have to do helped my wife with the party and had a perfect birthday for my lil girl and sons first birthday.
Written July 3, 2023
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Nathan F
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The zoo was OK until I went to the gift shop. I purchased 2 mugs and a few magnets but they wouldn't give me a bag to put them in. They did offer to sell me a reusable bag (which I would never have a use for again) for $3.00. This is utter nonsense. They put policies like this for "environmental" reasons but then they had a Lantern Festival going on which wastes an incredible amount of energy.
Their souvenirs are incredibly over-priced. Fortunately, I got the mugs at a discount. I did see a magnet (one I did not get) for $12.00 which is ridiculous.
Written June 21, 2023
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Eu_DaniMiranda
Midland, MI121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
We’ve visited the lantern festival at 9:20 pm this last Saturday and were blown away!! So much to see and to experience!
It was an unforgettable experience with lots of fun! You don’t want to miss it!
Written May 29, 2023
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jessm531
Detroit, MI788 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Perfect size zoo! A good amount of animals out. We went for the light show and it was so cute! Great to visit with kids. Would definitely return!
Written May 23, 2023
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