John Ball Zoo Bissell Treehouse

1300 W Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Map · Phone number
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About John Ball Zoo Bissell Treehouse

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan at the John Ball Zoo, the Bissell Tree House is one of West Michigan’s most unique event spaces. This hidden gem provides couples an amazing view of the downtown Grand Rapids area with its floor-to-ceiling glass windows. With its tree house feel and large covered veranda sitting at Grand Rapids' highest point, couples can get that sense of being on top of the world as they share their love with family and friends.

Facilities and Capacity
The Bissell Tree House is a a full-service wedding venue that can accommodate wedding ceremonies as large as 180 guests (April through October) and 130 guests (November through March). Putting emphasis on providing couples with a unique experience, this distinctive location provides couples a list of caterers that will impress on your special day, leaving their guests satisfied. John Ball Zoo Bissell Tree House also offers open bar service at additional cost.

Services Offered
The Bissell Tree House prides itself in providing couples a unique wedding experience. This venue also offers additional services like:

  • Table and chair setup
  • Complimentary guest parking
  • Transportation up to the venue from the parking lot
  • In-house bar service


Location
The Bissell Tree House is located near downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. This amazing venue is minutes away from local eateries and hotels, and only 15 miles away from Gerald R. Ford International Airport.

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Wedding ceremony
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Interior lighting
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Bissell Tree House exterior
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Reception area with fireplace
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Back deck of tree house
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Reception with chair covers
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Front deck of tree house
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Back deck of tree house
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Open area
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Orange tables
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Black table cloths
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Front patio of tree house
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Wedding lights
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28 Reviews for John Ball Zoo Bissell Treehouse

Recommended by 91% of couples


4.6 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.6
  • Professionalism 4.7
  • Flexibility 4.3
  • Value 4.5
  • Average response time 4.8

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    Zach G. · Married on 09/13/2019

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    A Once in a Lifetime Event

    My wife and I worked closely with Skye from the JBZ team and it was remarkable from the first moment we saw the treehouse. There is so many great things to say about JBZ and the team. First the venue is without a doubt one of the most beautiful locations in Michigan. The treehouse is beyond unique and held our 100+ people comfortably. The layout works flawlessly for wedding prep, and the funicular is a blast for the guests. Guests are still talking months later how amazing the venue was. We were able to take amazing pictures around the zoo, and the biggest benefit, the money we paid went to a great organization, that cares truly about their animals and the environment.

    Sent on 02/02/2020
  • Katie

    Katie V. · Married on 08/10/2019

    5.0
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    This venue is a DREAM.

    I am SO grateful that I was able to have my wedding reception in this space. It is absolutely stunning and provided us with exactly the vibe that we wanted. It has a beautiful outdoors feel to it, has massive windows with a lot of natural light, and the wood walls are beautiful. I really loved that it had two separate outdoor deck areas for guests who wanted to be outdoors or to socialize without having to yell over loud music. The view of downtown Grand Rapids is AMAZING. We received several comments about how beautiful and unique our reception venue was. The funicular was a huge hit and really gave the guests a fun and unique experience. We also got some stunning photos at the zoo (waterfall pictures, plenty of natural greenery, etc.). Overall, I couldn’t imagine anything better. It was the PERFECT venue for us and my wedding was an absolute dream. The only thing to keep in mind is that the venue works for small to mid-sized weddings. If you have a large guest count, you’ll (sadly!) have to look elsewhere. The alcohol package was through the zoo as well and I am very happy with those services – our guests had a great time. Our coordinator, Darci, was wonderful. Highly recommend!

    Sent on 09/30/2019
  • Geena

    Geena · Married on 06/21/2019

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    Great Venue!

    We had our wedding reception at the Bissell Treehouse at the John Ball Zoo on June 21, 2019. We went with this venue because we are both architects/designers and the architecture is absolutely beautiful, plus riding the funicular to the top is a one of a kind experience!

    We had booked a venue in Detroit previously and it all went wrong, so when we decided to rebook somewhere else we were nervous about the same thing happening. That was not the case at all, the staff here are wonderful. They are responsive, knowledgeable, and great to work with. They have all the information you need and call all your vendors to make sure everything is in place for you.

    I would say the only downside to this venue is that there is only 2 hours before the start time that are available for set up, so if you are thinking of a DIY wedding you may want to rethink that. We had vendors for everything that needed to be set up, including a day of coordinator for our decorations.

    Overall I was very pleased with this venue and got so many compliments on how beautiful it was, i would definitely recommend.

    Sent on 08/26/2019

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John Ball Zoo Bissell Treehouse FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 3100.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 3100.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 800.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    Parking
    Set Up
    Tables
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    1
  • Describe your venue:
    Ballroom
    Park
    Zoo
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Bar Services
    Event Rentals
    Wifi
  • What bar services do you provide?
    Bartender(s)
    Liquor License
    Open Bar
  • What event items are available?
    Altar/Arch
    Chairs
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access

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  • Sitting Pretty Grand Rapids Wedding Rentals

    The Bissell Treehouse is one of the "top" venues in Grand Rapids! The view through the trees to the city below is amazing . . . the space is unique and the zoo staff is extremely helpful.

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  • 1300 W Fulton St. Grand Rapids, MI, 49504 See on map
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