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Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.1/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web
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. By using our Atlanta itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to Zoo Atlanta and other attractions in Atlanta.
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  • I am a big fan of the panda and therefore love going to the Zoo to admire the new panda cubs! The Atlanta zoo is family friendly and a must see while in the area. I've been to a lot of zoos but Atlant...  read more »
  • Zoo Atlanta is a nice zoo. Lots of animals, not just 1 of each in a cage. The pandas exhibit is awesome! The 3 year old twins are getting ready to go to China so we wanted to see them before they were...  read more »
  • We loved the zoo! Lots of animals but of course lots of walking. We got to feed the giraffes for 3$. 
  • So much do! One of my favorite places to visit. Almost always can see all the animals. Nicely shaded throughout the zoo. The playground is a great way for the kids to wear out whatever energy they have left before getting in the car. The splash pad is a great way to cool off after seeing animals in the summer...and the slushy treats sold nearby are great too.
  • Always a fun place, Zoo Atlanta delivers a good day's outing, especially for the children. The animals are quite well-cared for in well-simulated natural habitats. The new reptile house is a tremendous improvement over the old, a 1960s era holdover from the old Zoo. The diversity of species is somewhat lacking, there could be a better collection, particularly from North and South America. However, given the space and budgetary constraints that all Zoos function under, Zoo Atlanta has done reasonably well in this regard. While the entrance fees are reasonable, given that the Zoo receives no public funding, the restaurants and gift shops are ridiculously over-priced. I would recommend bringing water and snacks for the children, such will save a considerable amount of money. Also resist the temptation to purchase the children souvenirs, such things can be purchased much more affordably online after the visit. However, do make certain the children visit the petting zoo and ride the lovely carousel, such will be the highlight of their day. Zoo Atlanta is a major cultural attraction and should be visited by everyone at least once.
  • Zoo Atlanta is beautiful crafted with many interesting animals. The children's section is great - train rides, carousel, petting zoo, playground, splashpad.The best part is that the zoo is very much shaded, which makes it much nicer in the hot summer weather.
  • The layout is great for enjoying animals from different places around the world. The panda twins were the highlight of the day. They began wrestling and knocking each other off of objects. You could tell they had fun, and I could have watched all day. The amount of beautiful birds was great. Plan to make it a day. They had a pokemon go day, which was a great idea. They decorated pens with pokemon pictures and poke ball toys. Different but inventive and a good way to get people there.
  • Decent zoo. Great reptile exhibits. The twin pandas are cool, too. I'd give it higher ratings if parking weren't such a pain. The lot is tiny and we had to circle for 30 mins to find a spot from a family that was leaving. We were told by an employee who was making rounds in the parking lot that we were not able to park on the grass but yet when we left there were plenty of folks who had done so. The main food area is also over priced and the flow is horrible. The zoo in general is clean but this area was not... Lots of flies and no soap in the restroom, ironically next to the sign requiring employees to wash their hands before returning to work. Not exactly what you want to see after you've just eaten there. The attendant that I that watched mark the restroom as "checked" didn't seem to care. The train is also a huge waste of time. It's a very short ride, you can see the animals better when not on it and a substantial portion of the ride is thru a tunnel. Seems like it was a crappy afterthought that's not needed, spend that money on the animals. Overall though, my young son had a decent time. It's about a 4 hour deal unless you're REALLY into the zoo experience.
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