John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids

4.1
#1 of 7 in Outdoors in Grand Rapids
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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  • There is plenty to see and do at the John Ball Zoo. Bring your own lunch and eat in the spacious park across the parking lot or eat in the main area with kid friendly foods. They have a penguin exhibi...  more »
  • We are huge fans of the Detroit Zoo, but John Ball Zoo is so much closer to us. It may be of a smaller scale, but it has A TON to offer! We specifically love the penguins, the otter, and the tigers. T...  more »
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  • Best zoo I've ever been to! Very interactive. Lots to do and see. Feeding the budgies was probably the coolest thing ever. This place made my birthday spectacular last summer. We will definitely be returning on our next visit to the area when our daughter is older.
  • I absolutely love this zoo! The staff are very educated, the animals are always very well taken care of and the place is just beautiful! I recommend it 10/10. It's a great place to go spend a couple of hours and its a great place to take the kiddos and family! One thing I absolutely love about this zoo is the glass for the tigers, they always come up and rub their faces on it and its just amazing! Go!

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