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John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids

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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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  • John Ball is a quite small zoo, I don't know if it's worth the ticket price for me, but if you have a day free and need somewhere to take the kids it's a good place. It's growing and they are constant...  more »
  • This is the kind of zoo you can see in a day, without having the kids ask "are we done yet?" The exhibits are fun, the animals have spacious homes and the staff interact with patrons with enthusiasm. ...  more »
  • John Ball Zoo is a medium size zoo. It is a fun place for kids to see animals. The penguin, tiger and gorilla exhibits are especially nice. Walking is up and down with stairs.  more »
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  • The zoo was super affordable and not very crowded. There was plenty of parking and a decent amount of animals to see. The layout of the zoo is a little odd with lots of dead ends but all the animals seemed really happy and active. There was a lot of workers at the exhibits with information about the animals. It was well worth the trip!
  • It's a great fun zoo good for an exercise and great fun. Food and drinks are a bit pricey but other then the price of things it's worth it by far better then Potters park zoo in Lansing Michigan. I give John ball zoo 5 stars for beautiful animals , amazing intelligent staff and great fun. Plenty of things for kids and adults from zip line to in park climbing things. I love it
  • We had a great time here. Zoo was clean, fun and very welcoming. We loved our trip to grand rapids and the zoo was no different. A great stop in Grand Rapids to see the town.
  • Absolutely lovely. It's like a park and a zoo had a baby. It's got such an intimate feel. Lots to see. Plenty to do.
  • This zoo has changed a lot over the past couple of years, for the better, but it's still not that great. It's good for little, little kids, but older kids (4th grade and up) get bored quickly. They've had several animals die, and sadly they do not replace them for some reason.