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John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids

(4.1/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web)
Touch the stingrays in the lagoon, stop by the Pelican Pier to see duck breeds from around the world, and visit the penguins in the aquarium at John Ball Zoo. The zoo showcases animals representing Africa, Asia, South America, Australia, and the United States like gorillas, tigers, lions, and emus. You'll discover a designated, interactive children's zoo that features camel rides, a ropes course, and a zipline for kids. Adults can try the Sky Trail--another ropes course. Board the funicular tram to the top of the zoo on your way in or out. Parking is free; check the website for seasonal closures before you visit. Add John Ball Zoo to your Grand Rapids travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Grand Rapids vacation generator.
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  • If you haven't been here - GO! It's great place to spend the day! The entire zoo is set within/on a hill so lots of nature. There are plenty of places to stop and rest, even some play area's scattered...  more »
  • Not much has changed at this zoo in over 20 years except the addition of attraction you need to pay for now. Food is expensive so bring a lunch. Missing the stingrays after last years tragedy. Wish th...  more »
  • This has had many updates and is a great place to learn things about animals. This includes Zoo school in the summer for kids.  more »
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  • I really liked how the zoo wound through the naturally hilly terrain. There are some animals that my local zoo does not have. Was kind of disappointed that there were quite a few displays without their animals. And some of their displays are quite dated. It was not as open as I've seen other zoo's displays of the same animals. I know they can only do what they can with the space they have but I kind of felt bad for some of the animal's living situations. A few of the animal displays are kind of run down. All in all, it is still a good time
  • John Ball zoo is a blast! The staff are friendly, the zoo is small yet very accessible, and it's a wonderful day out with the kids (or friends). Animals are well taken care of and they have alot to offer in terms of a diversity of animals.
  • II havee beeen theree likeee a milionn timess itss justt soo manny timees that Ii canttt even counte
  • I live in Tampa Bay FL. I was in GR, MI over the summer '16. J.B.Z. is fantastic for a mid level zoo. Great staff, a good variety of animals, a clean atmosphere, and affordable. Consessions were over priced, as was the giftshop, however the new gift shop was beautiful.
  • John Ball Park zoo is a great zoo nestled in Grand Rapids. When you are walking through the attractions, you do not realize you are right next to downtown Grand Rapids. The animals are usually active, and they have a decently diverse selection of animals to see. All-in-all a very fun place to visit.