John Ball Zoo implemented many new health and safety protocols in response to the COVID-pandemic. Though Michigan’s broad pandemic restrictions have ended, the zoo is continuing certain policies that maximize safety for its guests, employees and animals. Click here for the latest updates.
This classic urban zoo is located two miles west of downtown Grand Rapids, just off the 1-96 expressway.
John Ball Zoo is home to more than 1,800 animals. Habitats include:
The zoo also features a number of kid-friendly rides and activities:
A spacious park at the entrance of the zoo is perfect for picnicking.
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The Grand Rapids Public Museum offers exciting national and local exhibits, events, shows, a working 1928 carousel and planetarium. Get details for your visit!
Experience Grand Rapids, Michigan's diverse attractions including parks, the John Ball Zoo, museums, nature centers and sculpture gardens. Whether you're vacationing with the family or traveling for business, you'll want to take some time to enjoy these fun things to do in Grand Rapids.