Just minutes from downtown Atlanta in historic Grant Park, this exciting zoo features the Southeast's most impressive ... More
Just minutes from downtown Atlanta in historic Grant Park, this exciting zoo features the Southeast's most impressive collection of wildlife from around the globe. Legend says that the zoo got its start when the owners of a traveling animal show went bankrupt and suddenly fled town. Today, popular exhibits include daily elephant demonstrations, orangutan feedings, and the recently-acquired Chinese pandas.
Beautiful zoo with lots to see, animals look happy, and were active while I was there in May 2006. Only gripe is that the only thing to eat there is a preztel, hot dog, or cotton candy. I did see they were working on this and building a cafe in the back of the zoo, but until it is open, I suggest bringing a picnic, there are beautiful places right outside the zoo to sit and eat. It's easy to see that the people who work at the zoo truly care about the animals and their happiness.
We loved the zoo! It was a nice place. Plenty of shade. The Giant Pandas were awesome. I liked the way a number of plants were labeled with their names. Interesting!!! It was worth the trip.
On the weekends, they let the Golden Marmoset?, out of the cages and let them roam free in an area monitered by zoo staff. We were close to them and could watch as long as we wanted. I would go back just to see the Pandas!
I enjoyed the panda exhibit and thought the zoo, overall was excellent. They actually gave us a discounted rate because the weather was a bit too chilly for some of the animals to be out, but I actually didn't even notice. The Atlanta Zoo was better, in my opinion, than the new Georgia Aquarium--(too crowded)!!
It's not all that big, and does not compare with places like the San Diego Zoo or even with Colchester Zoo in England. But a good day out for the family if you are in Tennessee. Lots of animals to see. Nice set up, clean. All in all I give it a thumbs up!
We love coming to the Zoo, whether on our own or when family is visiting from out of town. The otters are our favorite, but we're looking forward to the new enrichment that is being added to the orang habitats. The gorillas are amazing to watch and one of the kangaroos has a joey in her pouch! The kids love the carousel and the train. There weren't a lot of food places open but they're revamping all of that for the spring so we're eager to see all of the new options!
While we were there, the attractions were quite empty and there weren't many visitors.
It was certainly a waste of money. I've been to free zoos (Como Zoo in MN) and they have been far better than this. There was no show, just animals in their area.
I wouldn't go back. There wasn't enough there to keep us browsing.
I have a AZA Zoo pass and we decided to make this our last stop before leaving Atlanta this past weekend on Sunday, Dec. 18th. On the AZA.org site it says with our card admission is FREE but when you get there they want half price & half price for a family of 4 is almost $29. You have to deal with the rude staff at the Express Pass entrance & this makes it even worse. What was worse is the location of the zoo, not to pleasent of an area. Not to mention the upkeep and general apprearance from the outside. It was so scary that the only way we would have went in was for it to be free and even then only to see the Pandas and leave. The paint is peeling off of the building, the shubbery is unkept and it's overall trashy looking from the outside. So scary in fact, it made us wonder what kind of care the poor animals receive inside. I've been to zoos and aquariums all around the US and Bahamas and this by far was the WORST experience I've ever had. I am glad that wanting to see the Panda bears wasn't the only reason why my family drove 5 hours to Atlanta or we would have all be sorely depressed & frustrated. It was a wasted stop and we would definitly urge you to stay away from there.
Great place for kids. Totally designed for them. Just the right size and doesn't take two days to cover. Used to the San Diego Zoo, where I wouldn't take my son till he is older cause its just too big for him to enjoy, but in comparison its actually very cute. Tons of activities for kids and the habitats are just the right size to give them a good view of the animals. I will try to take him there once a year if not at least every six months. Not too bad for the price. The heat did not help with the smells but it was bearable.
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