We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

John Ball Zoo

Features Animals
Open Now: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Save
Share
Review Highlights
"A day at the Zoo"

John Ball Zoo is easy to access from l-196. Lots of parking. A large picnic area where you can feed... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
movingforward2016
,
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Nice

Nice zoo. I would not say there is anything that stood out as special but rather a nice mixture of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Daryl H
,
Grand Rapids MIchigan
via mobile
Read all 663 reviews
228
All photos (228)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good35%
  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“zip line”(88 reviews)
“tiger exhibit”(41 reviews)
“ropes course”(35 reviews)
About
John Ball Zoo inspires our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. Over 1,500 animals including lions, tigers, bears (oh my) and chimpanzees! John Ball Zoo brings brings behind-the-scenes...more
Open Now
Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
See all hours
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Contact
1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100
Website
+1 616-336-4301
Call
Reviews (663)
Filter reviews
659 results
Traveller rating
288
235
109
24
3
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
288
235
109
24
3
Show reviews that mention
All reviewszip linetiger exhibitropes coursecamel ridepetting areaanimal exhibitsred pandaup hillfew hourscouple of hoursa great place to spenda lot of funwhole familypenguinsenclosuresbudgiesfunicular
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 659 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago

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

Thank Wanda R
Reviewed 3 days ago 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

Thank PattiB273
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Many of the animals we wanted to see were not there. It was a very warm day to be walking around so you would think when you paid they would let you know which animals were not at the zoo. Or at the very least...More

Thank Yone L
Reviewed 1 week ago

This zoo is well done even though I do not like the idea of any zoos unless the animals cannot live in the wild. A lot of the animals are rescues.

Thank Nancy O
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have young children then this is the place to be. The grounds are nicely manicured and they have play areas for the kids. I do NOT recommend this place if you are an adult who just loves animals. You will be disappointed. I’ve...More

Thank Karen B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

John Ball Zoo is easy to access from l-196. Lots of parking. A large picnic area where you can feed the geese and stroll around a small pond. Just be aware of all the goose "waste". The Zoo has expanded over the years. The Crawford...More

Thank movingforward2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice zoo. I would not say there is anything that stood out as special but rather a nice mixture of what you would expect a zoo to be.

Thank Daryl H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Brought our family here including our grandson who loved it. Staff were very friendly and knowledgeable when asked questions. Great weather made for an enjoyable visit.

Thank Lakerspud
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a great place to visit! Our young kids just love it. Great variety of animals with lots of other fun activities to enjoy in the park. You will be able to see the entire zoo in one day with no problem. Lots of shade...More

Thank Josh S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I haven’t been to this zoo in 20 years. We don’t have small children and never thought of going to a zoo as an adult experience until my company had its summer party here. What fun. Great exhibits. Knowledgeable docents (is that what they are...More

Thank Eileen K
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 50 hotels in Grand Rapids
Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown
512 reviews
1.82 km away
JW Marriott Grand Rapids
1,078 reviews
2.12 km away
Courtyard Grand Rapids Downtown
419 reviews
2.17 km away
Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton
1,852 reviews
2.25 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 997 restaurants in Grand Rapids
Harmony Hall
56 reviews
1.49 km away
Ferris Coffee & Nut
20 reviews
1.57 km away
Maggie's Kitchen
35 reviews
1.49 km away
EL Granjero Mexican Grill
41 reviews
1.01 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 161 attractions in Grand Rapids
Side Bar
8 reviews
2.42 km away
Gerald R. Ford Museum
963 reviews
1.94 km away
Grand Rapids Public Museum
604 reviews
1.91 km away
Van Andel Arena
385 reviews
2.30 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
silvernlk
17 September 2018|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Josh S | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is one location that sells beer. It's located near the tiger exhibit.
3
Votes
Elizabeth B
13 August 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
Response from HungryEpicurean | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the first building when you come up the entrance hill on the right.
0
Votes
Tracy S
4 July 2017|
AnswerShow all 8 answers
Response from Kat W | Property representative |
Hi Tracy, Detroit Zoo members get 50% off admission to John Ball Zoo
0
Votes