• Alyson Lemerand

Zoos to Visit in Grand Rapids

Are you looking to see some wildlife this summer? Here are two zoos in Grand Rapids to visit this summer that take extra precautions due to COVID-19. First, we have the John Ball Zoo, located on Fulton St. in Grand Rapids. The John Ball zoo has nine exhibits, some of which are only opened seasonally. In the aquarium, you can see things like octopus and sharks. Between the African, North American, and South American exhibits you'll see animals like Chimpanzees, lions, wolfs, flamingos, brown bears, and more. The tickets vary depending on the seasons at the John Ball Zoo, and they also have wheelchair and stroller rentals. Due to COVID-19, they are offering timed tickets at a limited guest capacity. Anyone five years or older that is medically able to wear to a mask is required to indoors and outdoors if you cannot maintain social distance. They have also closed some indoor spaces and outdoor play areas and have increased cleaning and disinfection, and you can also find more hand washing stations throughout the zoo. Next, you should visit the Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park. Open May through October, you can see animals like bison, zebras, giraffes, spider monkeys, kangaroos, and many others. Monday through Saturday, they're open from 10 am to 6 pm, and on Sundays, they're open from 12 pm-6 pm. Their tickets prices are as follows: children under two are free, Ages three through eleven are ten dollars a ticket, adults are ages twelve through sixty-one are fourteen apiece, and seniors who are sixty-two and above are twelve dollars a ticket. Some precautions they're taking due to COVID-19 are separating the entrance and exit, and sneeze guards are in place at all cash registers and animal feed stations. Hand sanitizer will be throughout the zoo, and the staff will sanitize the safari bus after each ride.

For more information on the John Ball Zoo visit: https://www.jbzoo.org/

For more information on the Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park visit: https://www.boulderridgewap.com/

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