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John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids
MI
49501
Tel: 616 336 4300

Where are we going today?

Are you excited for that WILD day out in Grand Rapids, kids? You just have to head to John Ball Zoo to spend the day exploring your wild side, and enjoy amazing animal encounters with creatures from all over the world!

Have you ever come face to face with those feline predators - the tiger? Perhaps you want to immerse yourself in the world of aquatic animals, as you explore the coast of Pategonia, or even as local as the Michigan stream?

Kids can watch those cheeky penguins play, come face to face with eels, or admire the tropical fish all in a 40,000 gallon Kelp Forest tank and tide pool.

Those grand and iconic bald eagles call John Ball Zoo home, or you can see what wonders the tropics hold with their vast diversity of reptiles and amphibians.  Don't miss those beautiful mammals too, including the sloth!

It wouldn't be a zoo without a trip into the Savannahs of Africa, where you can picture yourself on the plans of Mokomboso Valley with baboons, monkeys, chimps - all in one of the largest exhibits in the nation!

Kids can also enjoy a camel ride too - pretty cool! The fun doesn't stop either at John Ball Zoo for kids with Red's Hobby Farm, where kids can pretend to be sailing with the pirates, or trying to spot the ring tailed lemurs. 

From mountain lions, to grizzly bears, to the smallest frogs, John Ball Zoo is a great way for kids to learn all about the creatures of the world - and you don't even need to leave Michigan!

Let's get WILD!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$7 - $10
  • Children$6 - $8
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2017

When can we go?

Check the times ahead as they vary on the month!

March to November

Teachers corner

They offer discounted admission, close up animal encounters, explorer tours, twilight tours, and even overnight adventures!.

I'm Hungry!

It's not just the animals that need to eat! There are a number of concession stands throughout the zoo, as well as other cafes with a larger menu, including burgers, chicken wraps, pizza and hot dogs! And yes - they have Dippin Dots!.

Healthy Eating!

The cafe offers salads! You can also bring food into the zoo, but grills aren't allowed. .

Any Top Tips?

There are additional experiences you can enjoy for an extra costs, from camel rides, to the funicular, zip lines, ropes course, and more! The petting corral is included in admission.

Doing our bit

They have a wildlife conservation fund, as well as collaborate with other AZA zoos to conserve our endangered species .

Need a little extra help?

Wheelchairs are available free of charge, and the zoo is accessible!.

Baby Facilities

Strollers are available to rent.

Can I get one of those?

The gift shop is where gifts of the wild await, with authentic African items, Indian apparel, or even paper made from elephant poo! The wonderful awaits in their eco-friendly and fair trade supported gift shop.

More information

The gate stops admitting visitors 30 minutes before the closing time.

What people are saying?

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    THE GOOD: VERY NICE ENTERANCE, THE PEOPLE WERE FRIENDLY AND WHEELCHAIRS ARE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE.
    THE BAD: VERY STEEP WALKWAYS TO GET AROUND, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE PUSHING A WHEELCHAIR, THE FUNICULAR WAS NOT WORKING, THE LION CAM WAS BROKEN, MANY DISPLAYS WERE POORLY MANTAINED, THE AQUARIUMS WERE DIMLY LIT, HUMID AND SMELLED BAD, WE DROVE OVER 100 MILES FOR THIS AND WERE NOT IMPRESSED, EVEN BATTLECREEKS BINDER PARK ZOO GIVES YOU A MUCH MORE PLEASANT EXPERIENCE, (THOUGH THEY CHARGE FOR WHEELCHAIRS).
    ONE LAST THING, MANY ZOOS' AND MUSEUMS...Read More

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    Been here couple times as a child & I enjoyed it very much! Lots has probably changed in the many years since ive been there! Would like to go back soon!

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    This zoo is much better Binder Park! There is always something fun and interesting to see and the animals are so lively and look so healthy! It was well worth the trip!!!

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    i think that John Ball Zoo is a bit overrated, it's really cool to go there but I feel that everything goes by really fast and there is only a general selection of 'exotic animals' but I guess it's more of a kid place than entertainment for an adult

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    Nice

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THE GOOD: VERY NICE ENTERANCE, THE PEOPLE WERE FRIENDLY AND WHEELCHAIRS ARE AVAILABLE AT NO CHARGE.
THE BAD: VERY STEEP WALKWAYS TO GET AROUND, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE PUSHING A WHEELCHAIR, THE FUNICULAR WAS NOT WORKING, THE LION CAM WAS BROKEN, MANY DISPLAYS WERE POORLY MANTAINED, THE AQUARIUMS WERE DIMLY LIT, HUMID AND SMELLED BAD, WE DROVE OVER 100 MILES FOR THIS AND WERE NOT IMPRESSED, EVEN BATTLECREEKS BINDER PARK ZOO GIVES YOU A MUCH MORE PLEASANT EXPERIENCE, (THOUGH THEY CHARGE FOR WHEELCHAIRS).
ONE LAST THING, MANY ZOOS' AND MUSEUMS HAVE FREE OR REDUCED RATES FOR VETERANS ACTIVE DUTY AS WELL AS RETIRED, NOT HERE.

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