John Ball Zoo

Food & Beverage at John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo has various concession stands located throughout the zoo for your convenience. All concession stands can accept cash, check or credit cards. Remember all proceeds from your food purchases go to support the zoo!

Monkey Island Café –Located by Spider Monkey Exhibit 

Open Daily

This main eatery offers a large menu of lunch and snack items. Choose to enjoy your meal inside or outside in one of our seating areas. We offer a large menu including hot dogs, chicken tenders, burgers, chicken wraps, and even a salad! Something for everyone in your family. 

Shaded Grounds- Located by the Front Entrance!

Open Weekends!

We are proud to announce the opening of Shaded Grounds Coffee and Fudge.  This venue will serve delicious shade grown and bird-friendly coffee to give you a boost as you prepare to walk around the zoo! Espresso drinks, Iced drinks, tea and fruit smoothies will also be available. Stop here on your way in to enjoy a donut or muffin before traveling throughout the zoo. We will also be featuring our homemade fudge here, so be sure to pick some up on your way out! 

Whistle Stop Cafe - Located across from the Red Barn and Petting Zoo

Closed for 2017

We proudly serve Country Dairy ice cream here! Enjoy one of our many flavors on a hot day. This is also a great location to pick up one of our signature all beef hot dogs, like the John Ball Ultimate Dog! The John Ball Ultimate Dog is a jumbo dog topped with chili, cheddar cheese sauce, diced onions and shredded dill pickles. There is also corn dog nuggets for the kids! If you are looking for something sweet to share, please try our funnel cake fries with the honey glaze! 

Tiger Paws Pizza - Located across from Tiger Exhibit 

Closed for 2017

Grab a slice of pizza or a whole pie for the family! Try out delicious cheesebread or just stop by for a refreshing beverage. 

Lion's Den- Located in the African Veldt

Closed for 2017

Our popular "Fill your Own Slush" venue! Choose your favorite souvenir and then mix your favorite flavors of slush together! Also a great place to find a snack on the go!

Dippin Dots 

Now available at Monkey Island Cafe!



Attention Groups!

Did you know that you can pre-order lunches for the day you bring your group to the zoo?

Let us pack up your lunch and keep it safe until your group is ready to eat!

Children choose from these Sack Lunches:

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwich

All Beef Hot Dog

All Sack Lunches include: Fruit, animal cookies and fruit punch!
Price is $5 plus tax (unless exempt).

Adults Choose from these great Box Lunches:

Ham & Cheddar Cheese

Turkey & Provolone Cheese

All adult box Lunches are served with Potato chips, a chocolate chip cookie & Bottled Water.
Price is $8 plus tax (unless exempt).


Minimum order is only 10 lunches! You may pay with cash, credit or check made payable to John Ball Zoo.
Please place order one week in advance to receive this discount.  Items subject to change without notice due to availability.

Order your lunches here



You can reach the Concession Department at (616) 336-4326 or

To assist our visitors with allergies, we do allow outside food to be brought into the zoo. We do ask that no glass containers are brought in for the safety of our animals and our guests. 

We appreciate your business!