John Ball Zoo

    Stroller Safari

    Put on your walking shoes and head to the Zoo with your little WILD one for our newest adventure! Enjoy early access to the Zoo along with a guided tour complete with story time. Each week will feature a different story and area of the Zoo. Zoo Admission is included. Class is strictly limited to participants ages 3 and under with their parent/caregiver. Limited to the first 10 families to register. *Masks are required to be worn in the zoo at all times by those ages 5 and older.

    Spring 2021

    April 27
    May 4, 11, 18, 25
    9:15am - 10:00am


    One adult/child Pair per Class: $15/Member, $25/Non-Member (includes Zoo Admission)

    Additional Attendee (either adult or child 0-3 yrs old): $5/Member, $10/Non-Member


    Twilight Tours

    Experience the zoo in a new 'light'. Bring your family, flashlight and a sense of adventure for this guided tour of the zoo as the sun goes down. Learn how to use your senses at night and how animals are adapted to life in the dark. The program includes an animal encounter, hands-on activities for children ages 5 years and above and guided tour. Twilight Tours last about 1.5 hours.

    We hope you’ll join us for this exciting family evening adventure at John Ball Zoo!

    $11/per person ($10 for members)
    Pre-registration and pre-payment required. Minimum age - 5 years old. Participants 17 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a paid adult.

    Teachers and Scout Leaders - groups can be scheduled for a variety of times and dates, depending upon the time of year and needs of your group. Group tours are priced at $10/person with a 10 person minimum. Please submit the registration form below for group tours. 


    Guided Tours

    The Zoo just for you! Start your day at the zoo with a guided tour of our Aquarium and Natural Treasures building. Have the whole place to yourself while also having a Zoo Educator guide you to answer all of your Zoo questions. This tour lasts about an hour long and begins either one hour before the zoo opens to the public, or in the evening after the zoo has closed. Zoo admission is not included, so please make sure to reserve your admission tickets online in advance if you are interested in visiting the zoo before or after your tour.

    Pre-registration is required. Online registration closes 3 days prior to the day of the tour. Please call 616-336-4302 if trying to book within 3 days. If you are interested in scheduling your tour on a weekday, please call for availability.

    $100 per group of up to 6 people ($75 for zoo members). If you are interested in bringing more than 6 people, the cost is $10 for each additional person. Maximum of 20 people per group. Zoo admission is not included.

    Please direct any questions to the Education Department at 616-336-4302 or