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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 and other attractions to your Grand Rapids trip itinerary using our Grand Rapids online sightseeing planner.
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  • We visited the zoo during their annual night time Illumi-zoo Halloween events....incredible lights, and displays, as well as treat stands! Grandparents, parents, and toddler were all very impressed....  more
    We visited the zoo during their annual night time Illumi-zoo Halloween events....incredible lights, and displays, as well as treat stands! Grandparents, parents, and toddler were all very impressed....  more »
  • We went for the afternoon during Spring Break. It wasn’t very warm so there so it wasn’t very busy. There is a lot of space to walk around. The map was a little confusing and we ended up... 
    We went for the afternoon during Spring Break. It wasn’t very warm so there so it wasn’t very busy. There is a lot of space to walk around. The map was a little confusing and we ended up...  more »
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  • Awesome trip, spent about 5 hours walking around and was able to see most all exhibits. Staff was very friendly and polite. I thought the food prices were slightly pricey, but nothing crazy. I got the free refill cup which was well worth it. Overall great experience, will definitely come back.
  • Great day to go to the zoo! We had fun, a little pricey for the food, but delicious. The camel rides were cool too but again, pricey for the pictures. The zoo should consider a platform to view for people not paying to ride. Overall great time!

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