John Ball Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation committed to the advancement of public education on the need for wildlife conservation and preservation.


John Ball Zoo is home to more than 1,800 animals. Habitats include:

  • Mokomboso Valley Chimpanzee Exhibit
  • North America animals including Grizzly bears, puma and bobcats
  • Treasures of the Tropics – reptiles, amphibians & small primates
  • Living Shores Aquarium & Penguinarium
  • Red’s Hobby Farm petting coral
  • Lions of Lake Manyara
  • Wild Way Trail – Lemurs & howler monkeys
  • Tigers of the Realm
  • And much more


The zoo also features a number of kid-friendly rides and activities:

  • Funicular to the Forest Realm – a tram ride up to the second highest ridge in Grand Rapids
  • Zipline – a four-story, 300-foot “fly” over the zoo (seasonal)
  • Sky Trail Ropes Course – four stories tall with two climbing levels (seasonal)
  • Camel Rides (seasonal)
  • Feedable parakeet aviary (seasonal)

A spacious park at the entrance of the zoo is perfect for picnicking.

  • Payments Accepted

  • Travel time from downtown Grand Haven

    40 Minutes
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