Host Your Wedding At John Ball Zoo!

The Bissell Tree House, where fun and elegance meet, is situated on one of Grand Rapids’ highest points, is John Ball Zoo’s most picturesque venue.

Enjoy a spacious view of downtown with floor to ceiling windows, adjustable lighting for the perfect ambiance, and a covered deck set for cocktails, ceremonies, and more.

Whether you choose to host a seated meal or a casual cocktail party, the Bissell Tree House makes a memorable backdrop for any meaningful event in your life.


Looking for a great location to host your little critter's birthday? Let them go wild at the Zoo!

Create the party package that best suits your needs. Make your reservation early! Summer dates fill up quickly.

Birthday parties at John Ball Zoo are customizable and fun!

Our base party package begins at $400.00 and includes a party space for 2 hours, admission for up to 20 guests, party favors for each child in attendance, a special gift for the birthday child and a visit from one of our ambassador animals! Parties are customizable with fantastic add on options including catering and experiences. Please view our Birthday Party Package document below for more information.

Please note that registration is required at least two weeks prior to the party date that you are requesting and is subject to availability.

John Ball Zoo members receive 20% off of the base party package price. CLICK HERE to become a member!


Corporate Meetings & Events

For a unique experience, consider renting John Ball Zoo privately 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.

The Bissell Tree House provides a relaxing environment for your next meeting or luncheon. You can also host your event in our Event Tent located inside the entrance of the Zoo. This venue is the perfect spot to host any party, corporate meeting, or event.

Need more details before booking your event? Contact us at or give us a call at (616) 336-4314 for more information.


Host Your Next Community Event At John Ball Zoo!

John Ball Zoo is the perfect place to host events from weddings to high school reunions. Whether it’s a simple picnic in the park or an elegantly catered meal at one of our venues, your guests will be amazed!

Need ideas? Here are a few examples of community events that you can host at John Ball Zoo:

  • Class Reunions
  • Graduation Parties
  • Family Reunions
  • Fundraisers
  • Proms
  • Quinceaneras
  • Retirement Parties
  • Wedding Ceremonies & Receptions

Host Your Private Event At John Ball Zoo

Founded in 1891, John Ball Zoo is located in Grand Rapids on the rapidly developing West Side and provides a unique venue for your event. Family-friendly, the Zoo celebrates animals and conservation daily.

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.

Let us make your event one to remember. Email or call 616-336-4314 for more information.