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John Ball Zoo

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Address: 1300 Fulton St W, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100
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My kids loved the zoo!

I would give this zoo a better rating, except they should give off season pricing. Many of the animals were not on display yet due to a need for warmer weather, but if you can't... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
KS_Braun
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Whitby, Canada
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Grand Rapids
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Neat little zoo It was a rainy day here and the zoo was still open it was nice to cruise through and not have alot of people but the animals were mostly bedded down cause of the rain. Lots of uphill walking so I recommend starting at the top and look at everything going down I think they have a... More 

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Thank Bryan W
Whitby, Canada
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I would give this zoo a better rating, except they should give off season pricing. Many of the animals were not on display yet due to a need for warmer weather, but if you can't see all the animals, then why charge the same price. Overall, a nice day out with the kids.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fun for kids and adults. Go on a cool day and the animals will be more active. Bring your own snacks and drinks because food and drinks are expensive

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1 Thank Steffii_R
Ionia County, Michigan
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved all the different areas and places to go from petting stingrays to riding ziplines. I highly recommend making this a full day family outing.

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Leslie
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53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited in April and had a great time. My son loved riding the Funicular train up the hill. I thought the zoo had a nice variety of animals and exhibits. We especially liked the chimps and bears. The aquarium was great too. Will visit again!

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Thank BCox5495
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

John Ball Zoo is a great place to bring the family for a day of fun! There are multiple animals which offer a day of fun and overall a cool place to spend a warm spring/summer day!

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Harbor Springs, Michigan
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We made one last stop at the zoo before heading out of town. We arrived a few minutes before that park opened. It was a Monday morning, 40's, and not crowded at all. We entered and headed for the aquarium. My son loved watching the penguins, fish, and tide pool flood with water. It was feeding time for the penguins... More 

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Michigan
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93 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids is a local gem that makes for an easy day outing with your kids. Parking is close and abundant. Pack your lunch and eat at the picnic tables in the park or buy food onsite. There is just enough to see with small crowds and the occasional play station for children to enjoy.... More 

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Mo Be
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a fun few weeks with a group of seniors from priority health. the sessions went for two hours once a week for 6 weeks.

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Thank Elaine R
Traverse City
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great Time and Wonderful zoo for a town the size of Grand Rapids MICHIGAN LOVED THE EXHIBITS and animals

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