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Food Services

John Ball Zoo has various concession stands located throughout the zoo for your convenience. All concession stands can accept cash, check or credit cards. Remember all proceeds from your food purchases go to support the zoo!

Members! Remember to have your membership card ready to show your cashier to receive your 10% discount at any concession stand!

Monkey Island Café –Located by Spider Monkey Exhibit
This main eatery offers a large menu of lunch and snack items. Hot dogs, french fries and chicken tenders tend to be among the favorites sold here! This is also the place to stop to get your soft serve ice cream cone after a hot day at the zoo!

The Whistle StopLocated across from Red’s Hobby Farm (Open Mid May – September)
Whistle Stop is the place to cool down with a hand-dipped ice cream cone. Also, enjoy the sweet cinnamon sugar elephant ear only available at this venue!

The Lion’s DenLocated across from the African Veldt and Lion Exhibits (Open Mid-May – September)
Mix your own slush in our souvenir yard glasses at this stand! Bottled drinks and snack food items make this stand a good go-to venue for the family.  

Tiger Paws Pizza (Grand Opening June 2014)
Pizza makes it grand return to the zoo at this new venue across from the new Tiger Exhibit. Stop here to enjoy lunch in the shady Forest Realm away from the hustle and bustle of the lower zoo. Pizzas, breadsticks, and other refreshments available!

Did you know that you can pre-order lunches for the day you bring your group to the zoo?

For only $4.00 per meal you can receive brown bag lunches for your group! You can pick between hot or cold lunch options.  The hot lunch contains a hot dog, animal cookies, grapes and fruit punch with all appropriate condiments. The cold lunch contains a peanut butter and grape jelly sandwich on white bread, animal cookies, grapes and fruit punch. These lunches will be ready at the time you designate!
To assist those visitors with allergy concerns we do currently allow outside food to be brought in, we just ask that you refrain from bringing glass containers for everyone’s safety.

Please contact us at (616) 336-4326 if you have any questions.
Order online now!
Minimum order is only 12 lunches! You may pay with cash, credit or check made payable to John Ball Zoo.
Please place order one week in advance to receive this discount.  Items subject to change without notice due to availability.


You can reach the Concession Department at (616) 336-4326 or concessions@jbzoo.org
We appreciate your business!