Local Reciprocal Partners

Impressions 5

  • Free admission for the month of May.

Grand Rapids Art Museum

  • Free admission for the month of June.

Grand Rapids Public Museum

  • Free admission for the month of July.

Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

  • Free admission for the month of August.

Lakeshore Museum

  • Free admission for the month of September.

Enjoy The Amazing Benefits of Membership At John Ball Zoo!

2024 Season | March 22 – November 24

Give the unforgettable gift of wildlife and wild places!
Click here to gift a membership.

Enjoy a year of access to the Zoo! Family fun awaits you. Click here to become a member today.

Want to continue enjoy year-round zoo benefits? Click here to renew your membership for another fun year of zoo adventures.

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:

  • Early ticket access, before the public, to special Zoo events including the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival
  • Free unlimited general admission for a year from the date of purchase
  • Free or reduced admission to over 150 reciprocal zoos and aquariums across North America
  • 20% discount on retail, food, and beverage purchases
  • Discounts and early registration for birthday parties and education classes
  • Additional discounts on seasonal experiences including the zip line, ropes course, camel rides, budgie feed sticks, and the Gem Company
  • Invitations to exclusive members-only events

Free general Zoo admission does not include special events. Seasonal experiences are weather and maintenance dependent.

We are endlessly grateful for your support!


Levels of Membership

We’re excited to have you as a Zoo Member! As a member, you’ll receive free unlimited general admission to John Ball Zoo for a year from the date of purchase, along with other amazing benefits and invitations to exclusive members-only events. Select the membership level that appeals to you below.

Best Value! $220

Free general admission for one or two named adult cardholders living at the same address and up to 5 dependent children or grandchildren 19 or younger

Plus two unnamed guests

Additional children may be added for $20 each

Preferred memberships are priced to reflect guest admission.

Student $70: Free general admission for students 16 years of age and older. Must present current student ID at membership office during first visit to obtain membership card/admission.

Individual $85: Free general admission for one named adult cardholder

Dual $115: Free general admission for two named adult cardholders ​living at the same address

Family $155: Free general admission for one or two named cardholders living at the same address and up to 5 dependent children or grandchildren 19 or younger

Add Guest +$50: Free general admission for one guest per visit when added to a membership level. Member must accompany guest. Cost is in addition to the price of the chosen membership level. 

Student and Family level memberships may add on one guest. To add two guests to the Family membership, renew at the Preferred level. Individual and Dual memberships may add on up to two guests.

Add Caregiver +$50: Free general admission for one named caregiver to accompany the children or grandchildren on the membership. This person’s name is not printed on the card but is held in our database. Cost is in addition to membership. 

Family and Preferred level memberships may add on up to two caregivers. One additional caregiver may be added to the Premium level membership. Caregiver must show photo ID for admittance. Sorry, caregivers may not bring guests.

Add Additional Child +$20: Any additional dependent children (over 5) included with Family and Preferred Membership Levels.


Levels of Membership

Preferred Membership

Basic Memberships

Membership Add-Ons


Frequently Asked Questions About Membership At John Ball Zoo

In 2024 John Ball Zoo will be open to the public from: March 22 – November 24.

This is a list of institutions that have opted to allow our members to receive free or discounted admission to their facilities in exchange for the same from the John Ball Zoo.

Reciprocal Zoo & Aquarium List

You can view the list by clicking below or one can be mailed upon request, please call 616-336-4312.

Reciprocal Zoo & Aquarium List

We offer several local reciprocal opportunities that change year to year. We communicate about these partnerships through member emails and on our Facebook page. Be sure to bring your Zoo membership card and personal photo ID when you visit our partners.

Reciprocal Zoo & Aquarium List

Reciprocal institutions may change their policies at any time. We cannot guarantee that the list in place when you purchase or renew your membership will remain the same for the duration of your membership.

Although most zoos and aquariums update their reciprocal policies at the close of the calendar year, some changes may occur during the year. We make every attempt to post updates as quickly as possible, but it is always a good idea to call the zoo or aquarium you plan on visiting beforehand.

Does the Guest and/or Caregiver on my membership receive reciprocal benefits? The number of guests permitted may vary depending on the zoo or aquarium. Again, it is best to call the institution you hope to visit ahead of time so they may communicate their policies.

You may have to pay admission. You can ask the organization to call our Zoo during regular Membership Office hours (10:00am-4:00pm, M-F, excluding holidays), but this is not a guarantee. You should always have your membership card and photo ID when visiting reciprocal institutions. Contact the membership department (616) 336-4312 if you would like a PDF copy of your member card to be emailed to you to keep on your phone.

Many zoos and aquariums will not accept reciprocal memberships for special events.


Free admission for qualified individuals across the state of Michigan

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.

Ruth Jones, a former John Ball Zoo board member and principal for Grand Rapids Public Schools, imagined a program that would make the Zoo accessible to families regardless of income. All while encouraging an enriching, educational, and cultural experience. In 1998, the JUMP program was born and has since welcomed hundreds of thousands of families to the Zoo.

Still have questions? Contact us!

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