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103. John Ball Zoo

April 13, 2011

“Hey Rocky, Take her to the zoo. I hear people like the zoo.” Well Gezzo’s diver might not have said it like that to Rocky but he should have said it that way because people do like the zoo. West Michigan is lucky to have a couple of amazing zoos in the area and Grand Rapids is the home to the John Ball Park Zoo. John Ball Zoo has over a 1,000 animals, is located in a 110-acre park. The zoo has an aquarium, children’s zoo, African area and chimpanzee exhibit. The zoo is open most of the year so whenever you have a nice day this would be the place to a nice stroll with the family.

If looking at animals isn’t your thing they also have zip line rides, camel rides, sawn paddle boats, and a aerial rope course. This is also a good spot if you are up for a good walk along the paved trails of the Grand River next to the old gypsum mines which you can walk to Millennium Park.

Winter Hours and Rates:

Open Daily 10am-4pm, March 1 thru May 1; September 6 thru October 31
Note: the gate will stop admitting visitors 30 minutes prior to Zoo closing

Winter Admission Prices*
Adults (ages 14-62) = $5.00
Seniors (ages 62+) = $5.00
Children (ages 3-13) = $4.00
Children (ages 2 and under) = Free

Summer Hours and Rates:

Weekdays 9am-4pm, May 2 thru May 26
Weekends 9am-6pm, entire month of May

Open Daily 9am-6pm, May 27 thru September 5
Note: the gate will stop admitting visitors 30 minutes prior to Zoo closing

Summer Admission Prices*
Adults (ages 14-62) = $8.50
Seniors (ages 62+) = $7.50
Children (ages 3-13) = $6.50
Children (ages 2 and under) = Free
Military Families = discount above pricing by $2.00

1300 W. Fulton St    Grand Rapids, MI 49504    Phone: 616.336.4301    Email: info@johnballzoosociety.org

For more information visit: http://www.johnballzoosociety.org/

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