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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.


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Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

100 CNN Center, Atlanta
4.3
of 5, from 4,737 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, connected to Philips Arena through CNN Center, connected to the College Football Hall of Fame and the Georgia World Congress Center via corridor, near the Georgia Dome and steps away from the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola in Centennial Olympic Park.

$72
Ramada Plaza Atlanta Downtown Capitol Park

Ramada Plaza Atlanta Downtown Capitol Park

450 Capitol Ave SE, Atlanta
3.2
of 5, from 2,385 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

This Atlanta hotel is less than a mile from Turner Field and within 2 miles of the Georgia State Capitol. It is also near the CNN Center, Georgia Aquarium, and Zoo Atlanta.

$86
Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta
4.3
of 5, from 3,538 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

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.

MLK Jr. Room, 5 min From Downtown & Tourist Sites!

MLK Jr. Room, 5 min From Downtown & Tourist Sites!

155 Little St SE, Atlanta
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Atlanta, this vacation home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Centennial Olympic Park and Georgia State University. Philips Arena and World of Coca Cola are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Sunshine Room, 5 min From Downtown & Tourist Sites

Sunshine Room, 5 min From Downtown & Tourist Sites

155 Little St SE, Atlanta
0.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Atlanta, this vacation home is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Turner Field and within 3 mi (5 km) of Centennial Olympic Park and Georgia State University. Philips Arena and World of Coca Cola are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$80
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Atlanta at Turner Field

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Atlanta at Turner Field

759 Pollard Blvd Sw, Atlanta
3.4
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3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Atlanta, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Turner Field and within 3 mi (5 km) of Centennial Olympic Park and Georgia State University. Philips Arena and World of Coca Cola are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$71
Comfort Inn Atlanta Downtown South

Comfort Inn Atlanta Downtown South

795 Pollard Boulevard, Atlanta
3.5
of 5, from 1,097 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Atlanta, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Turner Field and within 3 mi (5 km) of Centennial Olympic Park and Georgia State University. Philips Arena and World of Coca Cola are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$109
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

165 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta
4.1
of 5, from 3,329 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This Atlanta hotel is in the central business district, within 7 blocks of Centennial Olympic Park, World of Coca-Cola, and the Georgia Aquarium. The property is directly across from Georgia State University and in the vicinity of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta Airport, Georgia World Congress Center, AmericasMart, and Phillips Arena.