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 the perfect ambiance
    • Wrap-around covered deck set for cocktails or ceremony 
    • Spacious reception/entry area

    Click on our Private Tree House Rentals packet for more information

    Click on our Corporate Tree House Rentals packet for more information

    Private Zoo Rentals

    For a unique experience, consider renting John Ball Zoo for a private Zoo experience for you and your guests. Get access to 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 6:30 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
    • Idema Funicular
    • Sky Trail Ropes Course
    • Zip Line

    Click on our Private Zoo Rental packet for more information

    John Ball Zoo Event Tent

    Brand new for 2021! Host your event in our brand new covered 40' x 50' tent located inside the entrance of the Zoo. This amazing new venue is the perfect spot to host any party or corporate meeting or event. 

    Click here for Event Tent Rental information. 

    Contact facilityrental@jbzoo.org or call (616) 336-4314 for more information. 

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