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 and other attractions to your Grand Rapids trip itinerary using our Grand Rapids online sightseeing planner .
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  • This is a very nice local zoo. It is not too big or too small. It has been here for years. I remember visiting it as a child and now I am taking my grandchildren here when I am in town. While it is ha...  more »
  • It's amazing how many animals the zoo has it's also fun to walk the whole place to see them all. My son's reaction every time is priceless. I remember the first time that we went to family day at the ...  more »
  • When my wife first suggeted we buy the membership, I was surprised. We had visited here about once a year and that was usually enough for me. But with the grandparents membership (and the plus 1) we h...  more »
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  • One of my favorite zoos. The animals enclosures seem very representative of their natural habitat. The zoo worker made a special effort to give the bears their strawberry treat right near the observation windows. What a joy for our grandchildren to see the bears so close and eating healthy berries. Role models, maybe? I highly recommend this zoo for not only animal lovers but nature lovers too. Some up/down walking but lots of shade. A train is available to bring you up & down the hill. Enjoy🌲
  • Great zoo, very fun to do with the kids. We live close by and have a membership so that makes it easy. Good selection of animals, cool layout to make it interesting and some fun rotating exhibits. Highly recommend you go for an annual membership if you’re close by, great outing for the family.
  • Great value. I've been going here since I was a kid and zoo continues to grow but the ticket price has remained reasonable. Thankful they call Grand Rapids home.
  • Awesome Zoo! Treat their animals with dignity and respect. Always (typically) clean park, spacious amount of parking so don't worry about not getting their early! Good place to take the family :)
  • Great zoo! We went while some animals were somewhere warmer for winter but our son still had a blast! There was still a variety of animals to see. There was an employee who talked to us about the chimpanzees and we could tell she cared for them! It is a good sign when an employee loves their job!

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