John Ball Zoo

Adventure is open! Make plans to join us for our 2021 season. 

We are excited to welcome you as adventure is open. Families building bonds while exploring the natural world around them. It’s all here, at your John Ball Zoo. Get up close and learn about your favorite animals. 

Plus, you’ll not want to miss BRICKLIVE Supersized! This international exhibition supersizes nature’s small and mighty. From sneaky predators such as the fearless honey badger to the venomous blue-ringed octopus, the toy brick sculptures are featured because of their colorful appearance in nature, unusual natural abilities, and because they can be magnified to an eye-popping size.

Timed Entry Tickets - ALL GUESTS

As we continue to operate with a limited guest capacity, it is recommended that ALL guests reserve an online timed-entry ticket to secure their visit time; including members, non-members, and MI Bridges cardholders (JUMP).

Reserve your tickets now through this link!  

General admission tickets prices through April 25

Adults 13-61: $12
Youth 3-12: $10
Senior 62+: $10
Youth 2 and under: Free

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!

Health and Safety Protocols

We are all in this together!

In order to stay safe and stay open, we are continuing to follow the health and safety regulations of the State of Michigan during this pandemic as we did during our 2020 season. Per MDHHS March 2 epidemic order MCL 333.2253, masks are required for all guests over the age of 5 both indoors and outdoors, which began in the fall of 2020 and has been regulated to continue into our 2021 season. Guests may remove their masks temporarily when seated to eat or drink when at a safe distance from others. Thank you in advance for helping us stay safe and stay open for you.

Note, our mask policy is compliant with the medical exemption, including those with special needs of any age. We do ask that accompanying family members/guests adhere to the policy and wear masks.

We will also continue our increased cleaning and disinfection, encourage social distancing, have additional handwashing and hand sanitizing stations, encourage cashless transactions and monitor the number of guests inside buildings. There may also be closures to some guest areas such as indoor spaces, outdoor play areas, and experiences.

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. 

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!