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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. Here is a list of the top things to do:

When preparing for your day out, you may want to think about purchasing a Zoo Atlanta Admission and an Atlanta CityPASS: 5 Must-See Museums & Attractions.

If you're chasing more options, check out our Atlanta things to do page.


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Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown $103
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Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

265 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA
     
    4.2 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Valet parking was very convenient; room service and guest service was very prompt. Thanks !

    The Social Goat Bed and Breakfast $130
    Reviewed on Mar 27, 2019
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    The Social Goat Bed and Breakfast

    The Social Goat Bed and Breakfast

    548 Robinson Avenue, Atlanta, GA
       
      5.0 of 5
      3.5 out of 5.0

      The Bird nest suite is away from the main house. Also enjoyed the animals.

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

      Spacious 4br/2ba Craftsman in Historic Grant Park

      Atlanta, GA
         
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        Located in East Side, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum and Zoo Atlanta. Georgia State University and Underground Atlanta are also within 2 mi (3 km). King Memorial Station is 29 minutes by foot.

        Birdseye Bungalow in Historic Grant Park
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        Birdseye Bungalow in Historic Grant Park

        Birdseye Bungalow in Historic Grant Park

        Atlanta, GA
           
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          Thank you for the thoughtfulness that went into creating this environment

          ATL Sparkle Blue Ranch House Close to Airport/downtown Atlanta
          ATL Sparkle Blue Ranch House Close to Airport/downtown Atlanta

          ATL Sparkle Blue Ranch House Close to Airport/downtown Atlanta

          Atlanta, GA
             
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            Situated in Atlanta, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, Zoo Atlanta, and Georgia State Stadium. Georgia State University and Underground Atlanta are also within 3 mi (5 km).

            Historic Grant Park Home, 1 Mile From Mercedes Benz Stadium/super Bowl!
            Historic Grant Park Home, 1 Mile From Mercedes Benz Stadium/super Bowl!

            Historic Grant Park Home, 1 Mile From Mercedes Benz Stadium/super Bowl!

            Atlanta, GA
               
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              Located in East Side, this vacation home is within a 15-minute walk of Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum and Zoo Atlanta. Georgia State University and Underground Atlanta are also within 2 mi (3 km). King Memorial Station is 19 minutes by foot and Georgia State Station is 24 minutes.

              Historic 648 House in the Heart of Historic Grant Park
              Reviewed on Jan 4, 2019
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              Historic 648 House in the Heart of Historic Grant Park

              Historic 648 House in the Heart of Historic Grant Park

              Atlanta, GA
                 
                4.5 of 5
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                This house was perfect for our stay in Atlanta! Easy to travel downtown, comfy beds and well stocked kitchen! David was a very attentive host and responded quickly to my messages.

                Right Place to Stay in Downtown Atlanta
                Reviewed on Jan 7, 2019
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                Right Place to Stay in Downtown Atlanta

                Right Place to Stay in Downtown Atlanta

                Atlanta, GA
                   
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                  Pros: very clean apartment and centrally located for all the fun places like zoo, aquarium, walking dead filming locations. Well stocked. We enjoyed our stay. Cons: vice grip needed to turn on/off and adjust the showers, the apartment is over a garage so there are 16 stairs to climb to get to the ...