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John Ball Zoo

  • 1300 W. Fulton St.
  • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • (616) 336-4301
Meeting Facilities

Just steps away from John Ball Zoo, John Ball Park includes picnic areas, playgrounds, biking, hiking/walking, access point for Kent Trails, and duck pond. Picnic area reservations can be done online

  • Restaurant On Site:
  • Frequency:
    • Upon Request
Additional Details
  • Option A: Twilight Tours – See the Zoo in a whole different light – TWILIGHT! Experience the zoo at dusk! You’ll learn about nocturnal animals and their amazing adaptations while touring the evening zoo with an education instructor. Minimum group size of 10, $8/person. Participants must be at least 5 years of age. Call Krys at 616)336-4374 to book.
  • Option B: Wild Encounter – This engaging program gets you up-close and learning about four different species of animals! It’s a 30-45 minute classroom setting session. Topics can focus on a variety of subjects including Michigan wildlife, adaptations, conservation and more! On-site pricing for a group of up to 25 individuals is $30. Call Krys at 616)336-4374 to book.
  • Option C: Travel Zoo – We’ll bring the Zoo to you! This demonstration brings 4 animals to your location for a fun presentation by a Zoo instructor. A variety of topics are offered including adaptations, conservation and more! $95 for the first session plus $1/mile travel fee, $55 for each consecutive session on the same day.
  • Option D: Behind the Scenes tours – Enjoy a sneak peek at the zoo that most guests never see! Choose from Aquarium, African hoofstock, Bear, and Ambassador animal areas . Pricing and number of participants varies depending on tour area desired. Please contact the zoo office at 616-336- 4301 x 1001 for more information. Call Krys at 616)336-4374 to book.
  • Option E: Team Building - John Ball Zoo provides team building for groups from 10-15 people, utilizing our ropes course and ground based activities to create an impactful, memorable experience. We insist upon open communication between our staff and the coordinating party, to tailor the team building program to work towards specific goals, such as, communication, leadership, decision making and problem solving. Ropes Course Team Building- $15 per person Ropes + Zip Fun Pass (no team building)- $25 per person Ropes + Zip Team Building- $35 per person Call Krys at 616)336-4374 to book.
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Exhibits Space 1
  • Description Two indoor meeting spaces, plus Zoo. The BISSELL TREE HOUSE is the newest and most unique rental space in Grand Rapids. Situated on one of Grand Rapids highest points, the venue offers a spectacular view of the Grand Rapids skyline both from inside or from a viewing deck. Transportation to the TREE HOUSE is by funicular (tram) ! The BALL ROOM is located in the historic park building overlooking a scenic park. Covered wrap-around deck. The entire Zoo space is available for conferences, picnics, parties. It includes many options for seating, serving, and enjoying.
  • Exhibits 0
  • Largest Room 3000
  • Total Sq. Ft. 5500
  • Reception Capacity 300
  • Space Notes Park may be utilized as "space" for picnics/gatherings. Up to 3,000 guests.
  • Theatre Capacity 400
  • Auditorium false
  • Business Services false
  • Auditorium Seating 250
  • Concurrent Meeting Rooms 2
  • Conference Capacity 250
  • Villas 0
  • Banquet Capacity 300
  • Number of Rooms 2
  • Booths 25
  • Suites 0
  • Classroom Capacity 150
  • Sleeping Rooms 0
BISSELL Tree House
  • Theater Capacity: 220
  • Classroom Capacity: 100
  • Banquet Capacity: 200
  • Reception Capacity: 300
  • Theater Capacity: 200
  • Classroom Capacity: 80
  • Banquet Capacity: 150
  • Reception Capacity: 250
Aug 7 - Aug 8, 2015

WGVU Kids Day

  • Times:  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Location:  John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Category:  Children's Activities
  • Admission:  $2
Aug 14 - Aug 15, 2015

World Lizard Day

  • Times:  9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Location:  John Ball Zoo, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone:  616-336-4300
  • Category:  Children's Activities
  • Admission:  Adults: $10 Children: $8