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 your Zoo!

All souvenir cup refill programs are good for one season! Be sure to buy your 2022 cup early in the season and utilize the refill program throughout 2022. 


Monkey Island Café –Located by Spider Monkey Exhibit

Open Daily 

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 Gluten-Free buns. 


Tiger Paws Pizza - Located by the Tiger exhibit

Open Daily

Get your fresh pizza, breadsticks, and the always popular Dole Whip at this venue.  Adults can enjoy beer and wine here. We do offer a Gluten-Free Cauliflower Crust Pizza for those who need it. 


Central Plaza Dippin Dots 

Open Daily

Stop here for your favorite flavor Dippin Dots and grab cotton candy or popcorn as well. 


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!