John Ball Zoo

Food & Beverage at John Ball Zoo

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

All souvenir cup refill programs are good for one season! Be sure to buy your 2020 cup early in the season and utilize the refill program throughout 2020. 


Monkey Island Café –Located by Spider Monkey Exhibit

Open Daily 10am to 4pm 

This main eatery offers a large menu of lunch and snack items. Hot dogs, french fries, and chicken tenders tend to be among the favorites sold here! This is also the place to stop to get your soft serve ice cream cone after a hot day at the zoo. Gluten-Free Pulled Pork Nachos are available as well as some lighter fare like our Garden Salads and vegan Herbivore Bowls!


Depot Snacks – Located by Lower Funicular Depot 

Open Weekends Only and for Illumizoo

Enjoy this as your first stop once you enter the zoo! Grab a hot chocolate on your way in or a warm snack of popcorn, pretzels or french fries. On your way out, you can also stop by for our Funnel Cake Fries!


The Whistle Stop – Located across from Red’s Hobby Farm

Open for Illumizoo

We offer a large variety of snacks like pretzels, hot dogs and chips & cheese! Stop here for your Dippin Dots during the Fall months! Enjoy the view of the petting zoo while eating on the Whistle Stop deck.


Tiger Paws Pizza - Located by the Tiger exhibit

Open Weekends only 10am to 4pm

Get your fresh pizza, breadsticks, and the always popular Dole Whip at this venue.  Adults can enjoy beer and wine here. 



You can reach the Food & Beverage 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!