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Things to do in Atlanta: Zoo Atlanta

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 4

Are you traveling across the country and planning on stopping in Atlanta? Or are you someone that lives near the city looking for something to do? Finding things to do can be a taxing process. You have to find something that will please everybody, whether it be kids, your spouse, your grandparents, or your friends. To help you out I’ve created a series of articles to help you find something that is fun for you, no matter who you are! For a memorable day trip there are few places better to visit than Zoo Atlanta!

Things to do in Atlanta

Attractions

There are a staggering number of attractions at Zoo Atlanta. With over 210 different species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians to see and constantly changing featured gardens, it’s hard to imagine even doing it all in one day! Animals range from the tiny Poison Dart Frog to the huge African Elephant. Highlights of the park’s animal exhibits include; the endangered Giant Panda exhibit, Sumatran Tigers, a comprehensive reptile house, and multiple aviaries! There is a fun-filled carousal perfect for children and a relaxed train that goes on a tour of the Zoo Atlanta’s perimeter. Also, there are at least two animal shows daily and a petting zoo as well. In addition to these exciting happenings, there are multiple animal feedings that go on throughout the day. A full list of everything going on can be found here!


Refreshment/Shopping:

If you don’t feel like pre-packing food and drink for everyone in your party, fret not! There are many affordable places to eat inside Zoo Atlanta. The Wild Planet Café is a favorite as well as Flamingo Joe’s. A variety of items are offered such as sandwiches, frozen drinks, hot dogs, and chicken. In order to cool of this summer, Otterly Cool is a place where you can get real Bruster’s Ice Cream. As for shopping, the Zoo Atlanta Trading Company is the one stop shop place in Zoo Atlanta. Everything from souvenirs, books, toys, games, to coffee mugs! Many of the proceeds go to animal foundations, working to benefit the animal's protection and conservation.

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Hours:

For 363 days of the year Zoo Atlanta keeps its doors open. The zoo is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

From Monday to Friday, the park opens at 9:30 a.m. and closes at 5:30 p.m. The ticket booths close at 4:30 p.m.

On Saturday, Sunday, and holidays such as July 4th, Zoo Atlanta is open from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. with the ticket booths closing at 5:30.


Prices:

Prices at Zoo Atlanta are definitely affordable.

Adult (meaning age 12 and up) prices are $20.99

Child prices (ages 3-11) are $15.99

Children 2 and below are free.

The senior citizen (65 and up) discount, the military discount, and the college student discount are all the same, resulting in the price of $16.99.

Membership rates are available online for those that feel they will visit the park with regularity.

 

You can also donate to various animal funds to benefit animals such as the Giant Panda or the Sumatran Tiger!


Location:

Parking is free and the address is

800 Cherokee Ave SE # A

Atlanta, GA 30315-1470

(404) 624-9453

 

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Comments

Jun 10, 2011 3:58pm
Lynsuz
Haven't been to the Atlanta zoo in years. Your article makes me want to take a trip.
Jun 13, 2011 9:02pm
Camarmstr
Go for it! I went recently and it was a blast. Definitely check out the red pandas. They always are my favorite!
Jun 26, 2011 7:47pm
Redy2Assist
I have never been there before. This is a very good article. Did you take these pictures at the Zoo? They are gr8!
Jun 29, 2011 6:25pm
Camarmstr
Thanks Redy2Assist! While I have been there plenty of times I have to admit, I didn't take these pictures. The credit for them is in the link to the photo. I made sure that all of these animals can be found at Zoo Atlanta though!
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