John Ball Zoo

We are so thrilled to be open for our 2021 season! While we continue to navigate the impacts of COVID-19 on our daily business here at the Zoo, we also remain incredibly grateful and ready to safely celebrate with you. We are hopeful that you’ll soon join us for an evening of fun here at the Zoo!

New to John Ball Zoo in 2020, we introduced our adult-only evenings at the Zoo — Adult Night Out. For guests 21 and older, these evenings offer a way to enjoy the Zoo after hours without any kids. These evenings are a perfect date night, a chance to network with your colleagues or to enjoy a friends’ night out.

We will be hosting six of these evenings throughout June, July, and August in 2021. As always, we will infuse the air with fun, and you’ll have the chance to spend some time with your favorite animals. To allow proper social distancing, no scheduled programming will occur. We hope you will enjoy time with our staff as they will rotate throughout the Zoo in front of animal habitats helping you learn more about our animals and the Zoo during your visit.

June 10, 24

July 15, 29

August 12, 26

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Admission $18/members and $20/nonmembers

The event runs from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Timed-tickets are available for the following entry times: 6:00, 6:15, 6:30, and 6:45 pm, with each evening ending at 9:00 pm. To allow room for proper social distancing, we are limiting this adult-only after hours to a maximum capacity of 1,000 guests. 

Please note, for the welfare of some of the animals they will begin shifting into their indoor habitats beginning at 7:40 p.m. However, many of our animals will still be viewable for the duration of the event. 

These events take place rain or shine. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.


All guests are expected to help us stay safe and open by following the COVID-19 safety measures in accordance with the current epidemic order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 

Our most up-to-date mask policy can be found on our What to Expect and Tickets page

Thanks, and we can’t wait to see you!

June Sponsors

July Sponsors

August Sponsors

Community Sponsor

Education Sponsor

Bill and Marilyn Crawford

Community Sponsor

Conservation Sponsors

Community Sponsor

Celebrate Sponsors

Progressive AE

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