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.
John Ball Zoo reviews
My family and I visited the John Ball Zoo during the fall while the leaves were falling as winter draws near. We ordered our tickets online and were able to have them scanned from our mobile device... more »
Great zoo. Pretty nice grounds. Well maintained. Takes 2-3 hours tops to explore everything. Do yourself a favor and bring your own food or eat before/after. Food is super expensive and not that... more »
They had a wizards and witches theme going which I thought was super cute! Was great fun for the kids and families. Shoot, it was fun for me too. Had nice walking set ups to feel secluded as you’re exploring. I only gave a 4 because I felt like they didn’t have that many animals honestly. But would recommend for a nice quick trip for families etc.
Love this zoo, but they are adding so much you don't know where to start and end. Prefer Boulder ridge over this but it's my hometown and nearly a memorable favorite for all ages. Good price for a yearly package especially if you have a big family. Staff seem to love their jobs which always makes for a better experience. Prices for food, beverages etc are a bit much almost every zoo is like that though.
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