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John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids

#2 of 16 in Zoos & Aquariums in Michigan
Zoo · Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • Over the past 40 years, I have always wanted the John Ball Zoo to be better than it was given its location in a large metropolitan area. However, in spite of ongoing “improvements” the zoo...  more »
  • Let me start off by saying we are from Chicago so compare all our zoos to the Chicago zoo. This zoo was small and in a mountain like area. I actually really liked this. It was really creative how...  more »
  • They had a wizards and witches theme going which I thought was super cute! Was great fun for the kids and families. Shoot, it was fun for me too. Had nice walking set ups to feel secluded as you’re exploring. I only gave a 4 because I felt like they didn’t have that many animals honestly. But would recommend for a nice quick trip for families etc.
  • Love this zoo, but they are adding so much you don't know where to start and end. Prefer Boulder ridge over this but it's my hometown and nearly a memorable favorite for all ages. Good price for a yearly package especially if you have a big family. Staff seem to love their jobs which always makes for a better experience. Prices for food, beverages etc are a bit much almost every zoo is like that though.

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