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John Ball Zoo

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We have been to JBZ many times and have been able to enjoy watching it grow. The zoo is built on a... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Locmelis
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Michigan
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A multi level zoo with events and activities for every season. The animals are easy to see and the... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2019
rachelmQ925SQ
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Grand Rapids, 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
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100
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+1 616-336-4301
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We have been to JBZ many times and have been able to enjoy watching it grow. The zoo is built on a large hill and though it is technically handicap assessable, it is tiresome to navigate a wheel chair or even a loaded stroller through....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Locmelis
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful zoo and you can re-visit and see a lot of new views, as animals behave differently every time,,, it seems. Very good place to take kids.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Carl S
Reviewed 14 February 2019 via mobile

What a fun experience in a very clean zoo. We are members and simply love to take the grandkids. Nothing like a picnic and the zoo for a fun day...

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jamessV1154QU
Reviewed 25 January 2019

I love this zoo! This zoo is one of the bigger zoos I have attended. It's not huge, but it's still pretty big. Definitely a zoo you could spend the day at and bring a picnic to. The day we went, it was a bit...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mysterious_Kris10
Reviewed 7 January 2019 via mobile

A multi level zoo with events and activities for every season. The animals are easy to see and the zoo offers many fun features. It’s a local favorite!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank rachelmQ925SQ
Reviewed 24 December 2018 via mobile

We had a wonderful day out with the family. This is a great place to take small children in large children alike. The animals are very well cared for and there's such a large variety to see.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Ace C
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2018

We appreciate the review! Thanks for visiting us.

Reviewed 21 December 2018 via mobile

We visit John Ball Park Zoo atleast once a year. It isn't huge and we are usually able to see everything in less then 2 hours. Pack a lunch and enjoy one of their playgrounds outside after you are finished strolling the park.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank melissadU8051XM
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2018

Thanks for visiting!

Reviewed 17 December 2018

The zoo continues to improve. New exhibits. Very family oriented. New walking pathways. Additional play areas.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank tconley522
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2018

We appreciate the review!

Reviewed 16 December 2018

I can bring my family from out of area with kids here for the day, and it is a very nice walk through the Zoo. Ramps and stairs available for everyone to be able to access all areas with ease. Cool Zipline feature and camel...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank adeshane
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2018

So happy to hear you and your family enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 14 December 2018

Lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Very clean, walkable zoo, with a wide variety of animals in natural habitat enclosures.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank TweedleDee2
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 27 December 2018

Thanks for the review!

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Etonian30
25 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.
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silvernlk
17 September 2018|
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Response from jsande7828 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is one location that sells beer. It's located near the tiger exhibit.
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13 August 2017|
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Response from HungryEpicurean | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the first building when you come up the entrance hill on the right.
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