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Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta

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#1 of 7 in Outdoors in Atlanta
Initially a shelter for animals of a bankrupt travelling circus, Zoo Atlanta has grown into a 16 hectare (40 acre) settlement of over 1,500 individuals of mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians. Here you can see the rare giant pandas, as well as the largest zoological collection of gorillas and orangutans in the United States. If you are not of a particularly sensitive nature, don't miss the carnivorous plants, particularly the Venus flytrap which feeds itself by preying on insects and arachnids. This venue is AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) accredited, pointing to excellent animal care, quality staffing and extensive involvement in global conservation efforts. You can expect to walk quite a lot here, so wear comfortable shoes. Plan to visit Zoo Atlanta and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Atlanta attractions using our Atlanta day trip site .
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  • We went on a rainy but fairly warm winter morning. Not many people were there so we felt like we had the place to ourselves. It is a fairly small zoo but we still had a fun time. Most of the animals w...  more »
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  • It was cold the day we visited but since we went for the Pandas that was okay ! Lions were a pleasant surprise that we really enjoyed .  more »
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  • The zoo is always a great place to go. We have a membership so we love to just go for a walk, see the animals, get a little fresh air. The only thing I wish is they'd expand their parking, maybe build a parking garage like the zoo in Denver did. They really need it, accessing the zoo is a nightmare. Edit in response to Zoo Atlanta: The only way to visit the zoo is to show up early! You just simply won't get parking anywhere near the zoo if you show up later than 10AM. The 2PM suggestion is decent but your zoo closes at 4PM so that'd definitely be for a short visit and only if you're a member - it wouldn't be cost effective to pay for admission for a couple of hours in the afternoon (also when most of the extra events, like animal feedings, are done for the day). You also have afternoon/evening events, like members night, that is just downright chaotic to participate in again, due to limited parking. I appreciate the situation you're in with limited space and resources but I strongly believe there is always a solution to a problem and obviously you're working towards that solution. I don't need you to explain to me when a "good time" to come is, I've been a member long enough to know! If I didn't show up early to the zoo, I'd never get to visit it and that's happened on a few occasions where we showed up after 10AM - like 11AM - and were unable to get adequate parking. I guess the aquarium is going to be our exclusive spot for 2018! Thank you for making that decision easier for my family.
  • This zoo has a decent collection of awesome animals, but the one thing that set this zoo part from others is the giant panda exhibit. The panda exhibit is 10 stars for me. There is a lady telling us the pandas name's, their habits, and their diets. And the pandas were so active and playful. One thing that amused me, is how fast they can pass out falling asleep and then wake up keep on eating. Their red panda is really cool too. It was sleeping on the tree when I got there, but when I whistled, It woke right up. I took a picture, he went right back to sleep. Beware In winter, quite a few exhibits were closed. Overall, loved it here.
  • This zoo has a decent collection of awesome animals, but the one thing that set this zoo part from others is the giant panda exhibit. The panda exhibit is 10 stars for me. There is a lady telling us the pandas name's, their habits, and their diets. And the pandas were so active and playful. One thing that amused me, is how fast they can pass out falling asleep and then wake up keep on eating. Their red panda is really cool too. It was sleeping on the tree when I got there, but when I whistled, It woke right up. I took a picture, he went right back to sleep. Beware In winter, quite a few exhibits were closed. Overall, loved it here.
  • Great Zoo experience. It is affordable and convenient. Season passes are worth it. Great active animals and nice exhibit areas. The new reptile house if very good. Parking can be a bit of trouble, especially if there is an event going on at Grant Park. Parking will be better once they get the new parking deck installed at the Grant Park side.
  • We love the zoo! Although some animals were off display due to the cold weather we had a great time! It is worth getting wrist bands to ride the train, carousel, rock climbing wall and climbing bungee tower! We have a family of 5, it's worth the value.

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