Sunday, March 31, 2024

Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Daily Tickets Available Now

Partnering with educational entertainment provider Immotion and the world-renowned primatologists from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, the Gorilla Trek VR Theater allows you to join the herd and witness the behaviors of these incredible animals up close.

Through virtual reality, you will be transported to the mists of Rwanda. You’ll follow primatologist Dr. Tara Stoinski on a trip ten thousand feet up in the Volcanoes National Park, documenting the family dynamics of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

April 10 – June 16
Wednesday – Sunday | 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
Timed tickets are sold every 30 minutes. Last entry at 10:30 pm
Become a member today for discounted tickets here.
General Admission tickets are available now.

Our members support the Zoo’s mission to inspire our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. We hope you visit often and take advantage of all the opportunities at the Zoo through your membership.

Member benefits include 20% discounts on retail, food and beverage purchases, discounts on experiences and birthday parties, early access to education camps and classes, free or reduced admissions to 150 reciprocal zoos and aquariums, and much more! Join or renew here.

Saturday, April 20th, 9 am -6 pm
Members: Free
Non-Members: General Admission

Let’s celebrate this amazing planet we call home! Party for the Planet celebrates Earth Day at John Ball Zoo, where community partners engage with guests and encourage them to learn how to take positive action to help save native habitats for wildlife. Be sure to catch all of the entertainment, animal programs, and plant giveaways along the way! Learn more here.


Did you know that you can skip the line for tickets?

Purchase your tickets online or have your membership card ready and go straight to the entrance gate!

*The gate stops admitting visitors 30 minutes prior to Zoo closing time. 

We recommend purchasing your tickets online prior to arrival. This will make your entry quicker and easier by not having to visit the ticket window first to purchase a ticket before entering the Zoo.

Thank you for supporting John Ball Zoo. We look forward to your visit!

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.


In 2023 John Ball Zoo will be open to the public from March 24 – November 19.

John Ball Zoo’s JUMP program helps break down barriers to outdoor, nature-based education by providing free admission for qualified individuals across the state of Michigan. Click Here to learn more.
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!

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our guest services department at 616.336.4300.

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2023 Daily Admission Rates

Whether you’re enjoying a peaceful day alone, spending quality time with family, or traveling with a large group we are excited to welcome you to John Ball Zoo! Review our rates below or become a Zoo Member for additional benefits. Various exhibits and experiences may not be open due to weather conditions.

Visitor's Age Mar. 24 - May 12 May 13 - Sept. 22 Sept. 23 - Nov. 19
Adults (ages 13-61) $14.00 $19.00 $14.00
Seniors (ages 62 and up) $12.00 $15.00 $12.00
Youth (ages 3-12) $12.00 $15.00 $12.00
Children (2 and under) Free Free Free
College Students (must present valid School ID) $12.00 $15.00 $12.00
Military Discount (must have valid military ID - available to active & Veteran US Military personnel and their spouses) $12.00 $15.00 $12.00

Stroller & Wheelchair Rental

*Wheelchairs and Electric Carts are only available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved ahead of time. Deposit required at time of rental and will be returned upon return of equipment.

Equipment Rate
Safari Stroller (Deposit required)* $12.00
Wagon with Canopy (Deposit required)* $12.00
Wheelchair Rental (Deposit required)* Free
Amigo Mobility Cart (Deposit required)* $30.00

2023 Yearly Calendar

Month Time Special Dates
March Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm | Saturday - Sunday, 9am - 6pm Opening Day | March 24 | 10am - 4pm
April Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm | Saturday - Sunday, 9am - 6pm Spring Break | April 3 - 7 | 9am - 5pm
May Monday - Friday, 9am - 4pm | Saturday - Sunday, 9am - 6pm Memorial Day | 9am - 6pm
June Monday - Sunday, 9am - 6pm June 1 - 2 | 9am - 4pm
July Monday - Sunday, 9am - 6pm -
August Monday - Sunday, 9am - 6pm Back to School | August 21 - 25, 28 - 31 | 10am - 4pm
September Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm | Saturday - Sunday, 9am - 6pm Labor Day | 9am - 6pm
October Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm | Saturday - Sunday, 9am - 6pm Zoo Goes Boo | October 20 - 22, 27 - 29 | 9am - 5pm
November Monday - Friday, 10am - 4pm | Saturday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm Last Day | November 19 | 9am - 5pm
November 20, 2023 - March 2024 Closed for the Season

Opening and closing times may vary on specials event days. Please reference the daily times in the top header for day of times or call us at 616.336.4300.

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