John Ball Zoo

    Bissell Tree House

    The Bissell Tree House, situated on one of Grand Rapids highest points, is John Ball Zoo’s most picturesque indoor event space. It’s designed to showcase the sweeping view toward downtown and it sparkles with elegance.  Whether you choose to host a seated meal or a casual cocktail party on the wrap-around deck, the Bissell Tree House makes a memorable backdrop for any meaningful event in your life. 

    • Large ballroom with floor to ceiling glass overlooking downtown
    • A catering kitchen
    • Tables and chairs included in rentals
    • Adjustable lighting for perfect ambiance
    • Wrap-around covered deck set for cocktails or ceremony 
    • Spacious reception/entry area

    Click on our 2019 Tree House Rental packet for more information

    Click on our 2020 Tree House Rental packet for more information

    After Hours Zoo Rentals

    For a unique opportunity, consider renting John Ball Zoo after hours for a private Zoo experience for you and your guests.

    After hours Zoo rental includes:

    • Full access to all public areas of the Zoo* - events are scheduled 6:30 to 9:00 pm but guests may arrive earlier
    • Private After Hours Zoo Rental

    Animal Interaction:

    • Wallabies 
    • Red’s Hobby Farm petting coral 
    • Budgie Aviary - 200 feedsticks included
    • Strolling animal handlers mingle with guests and answer questions

    Additional Zoo experiences available for purchase:

    • Camel Rides
    • Idema Funicular
    • Sky Trail Ropes Course
    • Zip Line

    Click on our After Hours Zoo Rental packet for more information

    The Ball Room

    The Ball Room, located on the upper floor of the historic pavilion at the heart of John Ball Park, makes an iconic event location. A spacious, partially covered veranda overlooks the colorful rose garden making this a very versatile indoor/outdoor space. Floor-to-ceiling windows on two sides bring the park setting inside.

    • Open room with windows on two sides overlooking John Ball Park
    • Prep kitchen
    • Tables and Chairs included in rental
    • Large wrap-around deck, partially covered, can be set for dining or cocktails
    • Presentation equipment

    Click on our Ball Room Rental packet for more information