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John Ball Zoo

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Great way to spend a few hours

It's not as big as a major metropolitan zoo, but still good size. The animals appear well-cared... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2018
Holland, Michigan
Zoo Days

We love frequenting the zoo but it’s definitely more affordable on Zoo Days (hosted by Meijer). We... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2018
Sparta, Michigan
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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...more
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1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100
+1 616-336-4301
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Reviewed yesterday

Dated and cruel. This zoo is sad joke and testament to the "Suburban Bias" that epitomizes West Michigan.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Trip38031513149, Public Relations Manager at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded today

We are sorry you feel this way. We work to continually update exhibits, provide enrichment to the animals, bring conservation education to our guests, while providing opportunities for people from all socioeconomic groups to enjoy the John Ball Zoo.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I hadn't been to JB Zoo since I accompanied my now 30 year old daughter on a school field trip. Got to experience it again as a grandmother this past summer, and wow what a treasure it is to have this so close by. It...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank GrannyNutt
Reviewed 30 October 2018

It's not as big as a major metropolitan zoo, but still good size. The animals appear well-cared for and have lots of space to roam. The management has expanded the outdoor exhibits over the years with the help of local donors. If you have kids...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank R2J2
Reviewed 22 October 2018

This is a wonderful Zoo. Very pretty in the fall and lots of wonderful animals. The penguin exhibit is fabulous. It's easy to walk around this Zoo. Definitely worth a visit!

Date of experience: September 2018
Reviewed 19 October 2018

This was my first time to the John Ball Zoo. I have been to many other zoos and, I must say, I liked this one very well. If you need exercise, it has nice hills and stairs for you to climb. It has many beautiful...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank nrocpop
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

We have visited many zoos in similar size across eastern US and overall this one is slightly below average. Seems a lot of displays had glass that was fogged up with moisture where you couldn’t see animals. Some walking paths were dirt and messy. Parking...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Etonian30
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

We love frequenting the zoo but it’s definitely more affordable on Zoo Days (hosted by Meijer). We love all the activities the event has for kids. Busy or not it’s worth it! The zoo is kept up nicely and there’s a fair share of animals....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank momof3boysplus1girl
Reviewed 3 October 2018 via mobile

This zoos really nice, on the smaller side. Parking can create quite a walk when it's busy. All the animals habitats are clean and well kept. Maximum three hour visit I would say. Alot of very nice places to sit and eat!!! You can pet...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank llswift86
Reviewed 21 September 2018

What I really liked about the zoo is the setting. It's like visiting a forest with the animals interspersed throughout. This isn't your typical concrete zoo. The setting is beautiful. You are really close to the animals. Of course you are safe. The tigers came...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

We took our two grandchildren ages 1& 3 to the zoo with my sister, brother-in-law, and their granddaughter. It was a great place to meet and spend the day with family. We got to see the penguins get fed, and pet some animals in the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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24 September 2018|
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Response from PapaJoel61 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is both bus and RV parking as well as considerable free zoo parking.
17 September 2018|
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Response from Josh S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is one location that sells beer. It's located near the tiger exhibit.
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Yes, the first building when you come up the entrance hill on the right.