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Zoo Atlanta

Go from Asian forests to the African plains at this animal park that’s home to pandas, exotic birds, and the country’s biggest collection of gorillas. 

Zoo Atlanta is home to more than 1,500 animals, from African elephants to rare Guatemalan beaded lizards. This popular tourist destination has been around since the late 1800s. It all started with a small pack of circus animals, including a bear, jaguar, hyena, pumas, lions and snakes. When the show went bankrupt, the animals were bought by a Georgian businessman who donated them to the City of Atlanta. 

Today more than 200 species of animal are kept in well-kept and realistic natural habitats. The zoo spans nearly 40 acres (16 hectares) of Grant Park, a historic neighborhood just west of downtown Atlanta.

This is a great day trip for the entire family. Rent strollers and wheelchairs from outside the Gift Shop near the main entrance, pick up a map and start exploring one of several paths that branch off from the Flamingo Plaza. 

Flamingos, elephants and exotic birds are the first points of call. Then, head left to the African Plains, a five-acre (two-hectare) savanna with lions, warthogs, zebras and endangered black rhinos.

You’ll find the biggest collection of gorillas in the U.S. next door. Twenty of these impressive beasts roam through 1.5 acres (0.6 hectares) of lush greenery. The Atlanta Zoo is one of only four zoos in the country to house giant pandas: a mother, father and their two cubs are kept in the far north corner of the park.

Children will enjoy feeding sheep, pigs and kangaroos at an Outback Station petting zoo, while parents can sit on a bench and watch the fun while resting a bit.

Don’t miss regular feeding demonstrations and keeper talks throughout the day. Check the zoo’s official website for the timetable, which changes daily.

Zoo Atlanta is open every day except Christmas Day and Thanksgiving. Allow at least three hours to make your way around. The best time to come is in the morning and afternoon, as many animals are less active in the middle of the day.
Grant’s Park is easily accessibly by public transport.

Popular Activities at Zoo Atlanta

Make the most of your time at Zoo Atlanta. Below is a list of some of the most popular things to do:

Why don't you consider purchasing a Zoo Atlanta Admission or an Atlanta CityPASS: 5 Must-See Museums & Attractions?

For more things to do, have a look at our Atlanta things to do page.


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Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown $109
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

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    Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown is located on Peachtree Street, a 15-minute walk from Georgia World Congress Center. The hotel is connected to The Mall at Peachtree Center, and is a 10-minute walk from World of Coca-Cola. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is a 20-minute drive.

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      Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, Zoo Atlanta, and Georgia State University. Underground Atlanta and Mercedes-Benz Stadium are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Spacious 4br/2ba Craftsman in Historic Grant Park
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        Birdseye Bungalow in Historic Grant Park
        Birdseye Bungalow in Historic Grant Park

        Birdseye Bungalow in Historic Grant Park

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          Situated in the city center, this historic vacation home is close to Grant Park, Zoo Atlanta, and Georgia State University. Also nearby are Turner Field and Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

          Historic 648 House in the Heart of Historic Grant Park
          Historic 648 House in the Heart of Historic Grant Park

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            Situated in the city center, this historic vacation home is close to Grant Park, Zoo Atlanta, and Georgia State University. Also nearby are Underground Atlanta and Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

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            Right Place to Stay in Downtown Atlanta

            Right Place to Stay in Downtown Atlanta

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              Massive Bohemian Villa 6500sf 9 Queen Beds / Sleeps 20

              Massive Bohemian Villa 6500sf 9 Queen Beds / Sleeps 20

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                Situated in Atlanta, this property is close to Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, Zoo Atlanta, and Georgia State University. Also nearby are Turner Field and Grant Park.

                Cozy 3 Bedroom Home in Downtown Atlanta
                Cozy 3 Bedroom Home in Downtown Atlanta

                Cozy 3 Bedroom Home in Downtown Atlanta

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                  Situated in Atlanta, this vacation home is close to Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, Zoo Atlanta, and Turner Field. Also nearby are Georgia State University and Underground Atlanta.