ALL guests must reserve a ticket for a specific 30-minute time period to enter the Zoo. These will be limited in capacity and apply to ALL guests.
Masks are not required to visit but are encouraged.
Cashless transactions are encouraged.
Some guest spaces may be closed.
No re-admittance is allowed at this time.
Informational signs and staff members will greet and direct you where to go. When there is a wait for entry, you will be directed to a waiting area for your time slot indicated on your ticket(s). These lines ensure that 6’ distance is maintained between your party and the next.
When entering JBZ, please make sure that you have your ticket(s) in-hand either via paper ticket or mobile device and our staff will scan them.
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.