John Ball Zoo

Zoo and Park
Grand Rapids
  • Alicia H.
    "... very friendly :-) The ropes course and zipline are definitely a must!"(5 Tips)
    Shelley L.
    "Nice zoo great to take the little kids to."(5 Tips)
    "$2 ride up the funicular isn't worth it."(4 Tips)
    John G.
    "Binder Park in Battle Creek"(2 Tips)
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  • zoos
  • picnics
  • live jazz
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  • Marvin
    MarvinAugust 13, 2015
    Nice zoo where you can see everything in about 45-minutes. Pretty small but that is ideal for small kids. Get the annual pass. It includes free admission to other zoos access the country.
  • Destiny T.
    Destiny TeeterSeptember 17, 2015
    Nice zoo for the size. I recommend checking online to see the scheduling or calling to see what animals are out so you don't end up disappointed. : )
  • Marti S.
    Marti SAugust 27, 2011
    Definitely not your average "zoo." Don't miss the zipline, ropes course, camel rides, or feeding the sharks and sting rays! Our kids (12, 10, 7, and 5) loved it!
  • John G.
    John GMay 10, 2011
    Nice zoo, I do like Binder Park in Battle Creek much better, but this is closer. Admission is affordable, food is not so I'd recommend packing your lunch (Sm drink is 12 oz & $1.75, Lg is $5.75)
  • Bryn
    BrynMay 30, 2016
    Great experience. The zoo is laid out so well. My 4 year old loved all the animals and the camel ride. We will be coming back.
  • Kristen J.
    Kristen JefferyApril 24, 2016
    Pack a picnic and eat on the grounds afterwards. Small zoo but nice and affordable!
  • Amy L.
    Amy LebowskyApril 18, 2014
    WHAT. A. FIND. Such an affordable, quaint little zoo. Otters! Komodo Dragon! Penguin house! Monkeys monkeys MONKEYS! I will return.
  • Alicia H.
    Alicia HoughJuly 22, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Love the zoo! The prices are great and the people are very friendly :-) The ropes course and zipline are definitely a must!
  • Mandy W.
    Mandy WarholMarch 30, 2012
    Once a year they do kid's day & admission is free - complete w/ face-painting, special activities, & other goodies.
  • Coleman B.
    Coleman BaarApril 8, 2012
    Many of the animals and activities are seasonal. Check out the brown bears they are huge!
  • Chauderz
    ChauderzAugust 10, 2014
    If you plan to get food outside of the zoo, don't forget to get a stamp on your hand for re-entry.
  • Marcus T.
    Marcus TaylorJuly 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The Ideama Funicular should be paasenger ready by August 1st. Cost will be $3 both ways, with also having the option of buying a combo ticket.
  • Drew H.
    Drew HaleSeptember 23, 2013
    Such a great zoo! Well taken care of. Took about 2.5 hrs to stroll through.
  • Dawn M.
    Dawn MathieuMay 22, 2016
    I've been going to this zoo since I was a little girl. I have many happy memories of this park.
  • James R.
    Penguins are so cute! Make sure to catch them at feeding time!
  • Marvin
    MarvinAugust 13, 2015
    No elephants or giraffes but you can ride camels and there's also a petting farm.
  • Andre B.
    Andre BeaumontAugust 18, 2014
    Go nose-to-nose with the Tigers of the Realm. It's great to see the tigers getting a larger exhibit.
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria UptonApril 20, 2010
    Check their schedule for fun special events. If you go often consider a membership and save $. Parking lot being renovated - no entry from Fulton right now. Read more
  • Kristi V.
    Kristi VugteveenMay 24, 2014
    It was very busy today but the kids were able to see everything they wanted to. Great zoo!
  • Marcus T.
    Marcus TaylorJuly 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out their Zip Line and Rope Course. Buy a combo ticket for both. Members $9, regular $11
  • Eric M.
    Eric MinerJune 27, 2011
    Amazing fun to pet sting rays. They are very friendly too. Read more
  • Chris K.
    Chris KubiakAugust 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Glad I paid $3 for my 3 month old to ride the funicular.... I'm sure it will be a trip he will never forget.
  • Shelley L.
    Shelley LevisOctober 19, 2011
    Nice zoo great to take the little kids to. Not too big for them to walk it.
  • Jenny S.
    Jenny StangeAugust 18, 2013
    I loved this zoo! First time I've ever pet a stingray!
  • Katy
    KatyJuly 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    $2 ride up the funicular isn't worth it. The views aren't that great from up there unfortunately.
  • Robert T.
    Robert TalbertJuly 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The grizzly bear exhibit is small but awesome.
  • Lindsay M.
    Lindsay MasonAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    They offer a zoo day camp that is awesome!
  • Robert M.
    Robert Mullane IIISeptember 4, 2013
    I grew up here. This park was literally my back yard!
  • Billdozer
    BilldozerOctober 2, 2012
    Good time for the little ones that doesn't break the bank
  • Kurt S.
    Kurt StrasserAugust 29, 2010
    If you have kids (and why wouldn't you) get to the park at 9am. It's the best time and you'll have the park to yourselves.
  • Megan
    MeganAugust 31, 2013
    Baby monkey was cool!
  • Kate
    KateJune 19, 2010
    Make sure to visit the ropes course and ride the airline. Fun for all ages!
  • Hez L.
    Hez LJuly 16, 2015
    Decent zoo for the price. The Aquarium however, smelled like a bad seafood restaurant. Don't go in there!
  • Alice K.
    Alice KolarikJuly 9, 2014
    It was fun... not impressed w the tigers... they need to have people interacting with visitors... and clean the penguin water.. yuk
  • Tabatha G.
    Tabatha GroverNovember 4, 2015
    Love the tiger exhibit!!!
  • Jackie B.
    Jackie BurdAugust 7, 2012
    Check out the penguins! They are the cutest!
  • Donald V.
    Donald VidroJuly 19, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    The Tigers are scary. Train ride was not too great.
  • Joseph M.
    Joseph MuhaAugust 15, 2010
    Fun way to spend a few hours on Sunday. Nice visit.
  • Juliette C.
    Juliette CowallFebruary 23, 2010
    Try the zip line, check out the lines - and the chimps are always a gas! Read more
  • Caren
    CarenAugust 6, 2012
    Great petting zoo for the kids, they sure have fun(:
  • Mark L.
    Mark LevisOctober 7, 2011
    Nice zoo. Well worth the trip
  • Chamara S.
    Chamara SilvaJuly 19, 2014
    No lions. Most suitable for kids
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy CorneilAugust 19, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Love coming here for my walk
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda MarkeeMay 5, 2013
    The zoo is amazing!!!
  • Lily
    LilyJuly 13, 2016
    i like going to feed the budgies for $1
  • tia k.
    tia karrMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Abena, one of two lioness
  • Emily G.
    Emily GrayJuly 27, 2010
    Go to the zoo Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 for great live jazz in the park!
  • Kristina D.
    Kristina DeShaneJune 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Tigers are starting to come out!
  • WZZM 13 News
    WZZM 13 NewsJune 4, 2012
    Meet the baby sheep and an owl at John Ball Zoo (video) -jp Read more
  • Jen B.
    Jen BementSeptember 1, 2012
    The new funicular is never open. Plus the zoo is overpriced for what you get.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HemingerMarch 30, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Children 2 and under get in free
  • Scott S.
    Scott SimonsMay 27, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Do not upset the chimps! They might throw something at you.
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah SchneiderJune 25, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Trevor in the gift shop is really nice!
  • Lee M.
    Lee MarcotteJune 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Tiger realm is now open!
  • Sara P.
    Sara PhillipsMay 19, 2013
    Binder park stinks! John ball rocks!
  • John W.
    John WheelerNovember 23, 2015
    It's all about the bear!
  • Jeff G.
    Jeff GreerAugust 27, 2011
    The line for the ropes course can be slow.
  • WZZM 13 News
    WZZM 13 NewsJune 4, 2012
    Meet the penguins at the John Ball Zoo! (video link) -jp Read more
  • Nick P.
    Nick PMay 25, 2010
    Great zoo at a good price
  • Joshua N.
    Joshua NagelkerkeMarch 24, 2010
    Great paved hill to train on (cycling/running) just south of John Ball Park Zoo.
  • Michelle H.
    Michelle HalgrenJuly 13, 2014
    Overnight Adventure is AWESOME.
  • Heidi C.
    Heidi CarlsonMay 18, 2013
    Freaking awesome
  • Stephanie B.
    Stephanie BishopJune 21, 2015
    The animals
  • Shana M.
    Shana McLaughlinJune 18, 2011
    Don't ride the camels!
  • Marcus T.
    Marcus TaylorJuly 20, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Expect to pay for over priced products like strollers. Single $5, double $7.
  • LOL F.
    LOL FaceJune 13, 2015
    i lice flumungos
  • Jake G.
    Jake GreenfieldAugust 22, 2010
    Great place to take a family
  • Elise R.
    Elise RussellMay 25, 2013
    Stupid the lion wasn't out! :(
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