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!

We are currently closed and planning for 2017. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us at (616) 336-4326. We are staffed Monday - Friday. 

Monkey Island Café –Located by Spider Monkey Exhibit 

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!

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. 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

Watch your child enjoy the petting zoo while enjoying our premium hand dipped ice cream! 15 flavors available! If you are hungry for something more filling, try one of our new Panini Sandwiches with kettle chips! This also home of our elephant ears! Try one of our premium signaure elephant ears, like the Nutella or Cookies & Cream! 

Tiger Paws Pizza - Located across from Tiger Exhibit 

Grab a slice of pizza or a whole pie for the family! Wash it all down with a milkshake in our fun souvenir pilsner cup!

Lion's Den- Located in the African Veldt

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 Open! Located in Central Plaza across from the Aquarium. Grab your favorite flavor!


Attention Groups!

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

New packages and pricing will be posted by March 1, 2017. We will start taking reservations at that time. 



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!