John Ball Zoo

Daily Hours of Operation*

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  • Closed
  • Open 10am - 4pm
  • Open 9am - 6pm
  • Open 9am-5pm
  • Open 9am-4pm

A Note for Your Visit: A very contagious strain of bird flu has been found in West Michigan. Our veterinary team provides the highest level of care and has decided that some birds need to stay inside. Our feathered friends will be back when the Doctor says it’s okay.

John Ball Zoo Now Open for the Season

Get tickets here
*The gate stops admitting visitors 30 minutes prior to Zoo closing time. 
We recommend purchasing your tickets online prior to arrival. This will make your entry quicker and easier by not having to visit the ticket window first to purchase a ticket before entering the Zoo.

2022 Daily Admission Rates

Age March 25 through May 6 May 7 through September 25 September 26 through November 20
Adults (ages 13-61) $14.00 $19.00 $14.00
Seniors (ages 62 and up) $12.00 $15.00 $12.00
Youth (ages 3-12) $12.00 $15.00 $12.00
Children (2 and under) Free Free Free
College Students (must present valid School ID) $12.00 $15.00 $12.00

Military Discount (must have valid military ID -
available to active & Veteran US Military
personnel and their spouses)

$12.00 $15.00 $12.00

Various exhibits and experiences may not be open due to weather conditions.


Group Rates

Group discount rates are available for the 2022 season. Click here for more information.

Stroller & Wheelchair Rental

Equipment Rate
Safari Stroller (Deposit required)* $12.00
Wagon with Canopy (Deposit required)* $12.00
Wheelchair Rental (Deposit required)* Free
Amigo Mobility Cart (Deposit required)* $30.00

*Wheelchairs and Electric Carts are only available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved ahead of time.
Deposit required at time of rental and will be returned upon return of equipment.

Day and Time Selection

If you are looking for a time or day of the week with historically fewer visitors, we recommend weekdays or any day in the afternoon. 

Become a Zoo member!

You can upgrade your general admission ticket purchase to a year-long membership. Along with many great add-on benefits, a family membership pays for itself in just two visits and provides access to the Zoo for a year!

You can upgrade to a membership during your Zoo visit by stopping by our guest services building or visit our membership page to purchase one today!

Need to contact us? 

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our guest services department at 616-336-4300.

Thank you for supporting John Ball Zoo. We look forward to your visit!

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