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
1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100
+1 616-336-4301
Call
Website
Save
Review Highlights
best thing at the zoo was the zipline

Pretty average zoo, nothing we haven't seen before. The one thing my 8 year old liked was the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
jasandamy
,
Omaha, Nebraska
Love this zoo!

I have taken my teenage kids here a few times now and we love it every time. There are many... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jodie M
,
Kalamazoo, Michigan
via mobile
Read all 611 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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 training and care to the public daily. Both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Interactive experiences include a funicular (tram), zip line, high ropes course, and more! We are closed for the season! We will reopen March 10, 2018
  • Excellent43%
  • Very good36%
  • Average17%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“zip line” (87 reviews)
“tiger exhibit” (41 reviews)
“ropes course” (32 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100
CONTACT
Website
+1 616-336-4301
Write a Review
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (611)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 607 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pretty average zoo, nothing we haven't seen before. The one thing my 8 year old liked was the zipline. It's nothing too big or fast, just right for her first time. Some of the animals we couldn't see in the exhibit, most others were moving...More

Thank jasandamy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have taken my teenage kids here a few times now and we love it every time. There are many different kinds of animals here. It's alot of fun to feed the parakeets and pet the sting rays. There's plenty of places to eat and...More

Thank Jodie M
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the review! Unfortunately we do not have our stingrays anymore, but we still have budgies to feed, and plenty of other great experiences!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I just love our zoo! We go at least once a year now, used to be more when the kids and grandkids were smaller. I would recommend it to anyone

Thank suzannesL4093UW
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the review! We love our visitors.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was a very cold day but we still really enjoyed ourselves. The animals were still out and there were heated buildings for certain animals because of the cold. There are a lot of trees which makes for beautiful scenery in the fall!

Thank Melissa T
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for visiting.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

John Ball Zoo is a great place to spend the day with your children. Matter of fact, when my kids were younger we use to always buy a summer pass. The zoo is small enough that you can see everything in one day. There are...More

Thank MRB0204
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, and thanks for visiting!

Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We come here every few years just to see what's new. It's a fun Zoo to visit. There was 5 of us adults and it entertained us for a couple hours. It's on the smaller end and we came during Halloween so some of the...More

Thank Ray C
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting! We appreciate your feedback.

Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

I have visited zoos all my life, but this one is a new level of interaction! Even on a beautiful fall day, when some exhibits were closed for the season, we were blown away. You have to see the tigers! They walked along with us...More

Thank Glenda T
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2017

Thank you for visiting, Glenda! We are happy to hear you had a great experience.

Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

This is a gem of a zoo that we really enjoyed visiting. It's attention to conservation and animals is excellent! Definitely worth visiting!

Thank Cntrychica
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for the review!

Reviewed 14 October 2017 via mobile

Not to big, you can make an easy day trip out of this. Fun for all ages. I go at least twice a year.

Thank Lyn T
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thanks for visiting, Lyn!

Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Introduces Pelicans, turtles, ducks etc to small children. A stroller/wagon a must as most of the long walk is up hill. Wooden train play area, zip line and tram. Well done habitats. Lions and tigers at the tip top. Small aquarium. Unfortunately several empty cages...More

Thank marfaith2
Kat W, Social Media Coordinator at John Ball Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

It is our off season currently, so not all of our animals are on exhibit due to the weather. Our admission price is discounted because of this. We appreciate your feedback!

Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
EL Granjero Mexican Grill
40 reviews
1.29 km away
Bitter End Coffee House
11 reviews
1.40 km away
Mr Burger Restaurant
14 reviews
1.58 km away
Tacos El Cunado Bridge St.
6 reviews
1.21 km away
Nearby Attractions
Side Bar
6 reviews
2.78 km away
Gerald R. Ford Museum
853 reviews
2.29 km away
Grand Rapids Public Museum
542 reviews
2.27 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
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