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Directions

The Zoo is conveniently located at the corner of Fulton and Valley (1300 W. Fulton) just west of downtown Grand Rapids. The Zoo is two miles west of downtown Grand Rapids and there is easy access from the I-196 expressway.

Ride the Rapid

The Rapid is "committed to providing cost-effective, convenient transportation to area residents, commuters, and visitors." Consider the convenience and savings of riding the Rapid when you come to the Zoo.

To check routes click here.

Construction and Traffic updates

The following websites may be of help as you plan your trip to John Ball Zoo.

City of Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)

From the Lansing area...

Take I-96 West to I-196 (the sign will say I-196 Downtown). From 196 East get off at Exit 76, Lane Avenue. Turn left onto Lane, then turn right at the second traffic light, this will be Fulton Street. The next traffic light will be at Valley Avenue. John Ball Zoological Garden will be on your left side, on the corner of Valley and Fulton.

From the Muskegon area...

Take I-96 East to US-131 South. Follow US-131 South to I-196 heading towards Holland. From I-196, get off at Exit 76, Lane Avenue. Turn left onto Lane, then turn right at the second traffic light, this will be Fulton Street. The next traffic light will be at Valley Avenue. John Ball Zoological Garden will be on your left side, on the corner of Valley and Fulton.

From the Kalamazoo area...

Take US-131 North to Exit 85b, Pearl Street/Downtown. Turn left onto Pearl Street - which will change its name to Lake Michigan Drive. Follow Lake Michigan Dr. to Lane Avenue. Turn left onto Lane Ave, then turn right at the first traffic light, this will be Fulton Street. The next traffic light will be at Valley Avenue. John Ball Zoological Garden will be on your left side, on the corner of Valley and Fulton.

From the Holland area...

Take I-196 East to Exit 75, Lake Michigan Drive. Turn right onto Lake Michigan Drive. Follow Lake Michigan Dr, and curve to your right. John Ball Zoological Garden will be on your right side.

Map

Map of 1300 Fulton St W Grand Rapids, MI 49504-6100, US