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. 

    • Spacious venue with floor to ceiling windows overlooking downtown
    • Tables and chairs included in rentals
    • Adjustable lighting for the perfect ambiance
    • Wrap-around covered deck set for cocktails or ceremony 

    Click on our Private Bissell Tree House Rentals packet for more information

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    Private Zoo Rentals

    John Ball Zoo offers private zoo rentals for a unique experience for you and your guests. Access all public areas of the Zoo after normal operating hours. Private Zoo rentals are a great way to host parties, corporate events, and benefits of all types in this spacious outdoor environment.

    A Private Zoo Rental includes:

    • Full access to all public areas of the Zoo - events are scheduled from 6:00 to 9:00 pm but guests may arrive earlier.

    Animal Interaction:

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

    Amazing experiences and catering are available for purchase. 

    • Catering & Bar Options 
    • John Ball Zoo Gem Company 
    • Camel Rides
    • Sky Trail Ropes Course
    • Zip Line

    Contact or call (616) 336-4314 for more information. 

    John Ball Zoo Event Tent

    Host your event in our Event Tent located inside the entrance of the Zoo. This amazing venue is the perfect spot to host any party or corporate meeting or event. 

    Event Tent Rentals

    Contact or call (616) 336-4314 for more information.