I've been to this zoo many times before when i was younger. I always remember it to be a fun and exciting atmosphere. There are always a lot of people there unless you go a little after 1pm on a weekday. There are lots of different animals. I think the two exhibits i remember most were the Elephant, and Monkey exhibit. Great place for the whole family... very clean for a Zoo!
It was fun to see the pandas, but this zoo is small and lacking in many other animals you would typically find at other zoos. A fine destination for Atlanta residents (get the membership if you plan to go more than once a year), but not a destination I'd recommend for out-of-towners.
Though no San Diego Zoo or Bronx Zoo, the Atlanta Zoo has fun for the whole family. There are many diverse animals at the park, though not as many as the two world-famous zoos. Still, your kids will learn a lot. If I were a parent, I'd take my kids to the kangaroo sanctuary in northern Georgia, as it is the largest population of kangaroos outside of Australia. Still this is a fun outing for the family.
The Zoo is the place to go for family fun in the summer. Pandas, monkeys, zebras, lions; there is something for everyone and kids love the place. They opened the new kids Outback area near the trains which has an amazing petting zoo. The kids have a great playground but it is always a little too crowded and not very clean. My son loves to go to the zoo but it is always crowded. The best times to go are when it is a little rainy or slightly cold. More of the animals are out and more people stay home.
PROS: Good Family Fun!
CONS: Very Crowded during the Summer
The Atlanta Zoo is more than just a zoo. Sure, you get to see the animals, and the wildlife, and all that. But it is very educational, not only for the little ones, but for adults as well. They have some wonderful exhibits. The Pandas are an awesome site to see.
The Atlanta Zoo has many many animals. It's a whole day affair when you go there. It has nice picnic spots and kept clean and attractive.
All in all, it's a place you must visit if you do come to visit Atlanta!
While this zoo might not be the biggest and/or best. I think it is just perfect for a family outing or for a place mom can take the kids on her own. I have gone several times and it is very doable in a couple of hours which is about all that young children can take anyways. I found there was plenty of shade, nice landscaping, plenty of chairs at the snack bars, the place was kept pretty clean. Yeah, the prices are a little steep but under 3 is free and there is a reduced rate for kids. My kids LOVED the big apes and watching the Pandas eat. Go when it is a bit cooler and you can see the animals moving around a bit more.
We only made one trip to the zoo in Atlanta, it was fun for a day but that was about it. I think overall the zoo is small for being in a major city, I was a little disappointed. The prices are also a bit steep considering the limited attractions. Definitely worth it to just get a membership as it will pay for itself in just two visits. I recommend this as a fall activity, in the summer it was so hot that all the animals were hiding out in the shade. We didn't get to see any of the large cats and the pandas were off display because they were cleaning the habitat. A little disappointed, but would probably go again because it was still fun for the kids.
Zoo Atlanta is a nice facility with many animals to see. Some of the highlights are Willie B- the gorilla and the Giant Panda Family. There are lots of activities within the zoo including a rock climbing wall and train and they have many educational elements for children. They also offer a fun facility for you to spend the night with your family- called the Nightcrawlers.
Zoo Atlanta has a lot of very fun exhibits, including the panda bears. The zoo is quite large and the animals are displayed in their natural habitat. Children of all ages will enjoy riding the train throughout the zoo, which is a highlight of the trip. The zoo is more costly than other zoos I have been to, and they are not quite as large as other states zoos. A zoo membership is a good idea for families who want to visit the zoo more often.
Zoo Atlanta is one of the best kept zoos I have been to. With a large array of animals, you will please anyone from ages 2-92! The staff there is fantastic and will tell you about the latest studies or findings. Make sure to check out the monkeys, apes, and chimps. They are amazing to watch and some were taught how to make their own play swings and such. This is one of the zoos where you can tell the animals are happy as they all seem to be having babies. Do go late in the day for less crowds and cooler environment. Generous amount of food attractions as well. Parking is not difficult, but must walk through park to get there.
PROS: Great, happy zoo animals
CONS: LOTS of walking if not prepared
The Panda exhibit is nice. Go later on a weekday and you can actually see it without having to peek around a zillion school kids. The schools in the area that do field trips try to be out of there by 1 pm so go around then.
It doesn't seem from the street that there would be enough room for a zoo where it is located, but there is plenty without it being crowded. The parking can get confusing, and then you walk down a LARGE hill. So anyone with trouble walking will need to be let off at the gate.
My husband and I love zoos. We've been to zoos in Miami, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Maine - all across the U.S. Although Zoo Atlanta will entertain your young'uns, it pales in comparison to some of the zoos we've been to - even some in smaller cities and towns with assumedly smaller budgets.
Zoo atlanta is the best zoo in teh surrounding states. They have almost every kind of animal you can think of and really care about the habitats of the animals. The only thing I did not like was the reptile house and that is because I do not like those animals. They have season passes that are completely worth it for those in Atlanta. Though The institution, Willie B (A huge gorilla) died not to terribly long ago, the pandas are the new "Thing" and they are great as well. Also - the zoo is always on the look out for bamboo for the pandas - the zoo tapped my husband's work for it and if you have some you can give them a call - how cool is it to say the pandas eat "our" bamboo!!
This is the smallest zoo I've ever been to. On the plus side if
you're taking kids and don't want to walk as much or spend the entire day here you could probably see it all and be done in a few hours. Personally I think it is way overpriced ($42 for one adult admission plus two kids) and animals that most zoos have this one does not (no penguins, camels, etc.). They do have an excellent gorilla exhibit that I do recommend but overall the place seems a little worn down. One plus is the free parking and if you don't want to eat at the McDonalds you can save some cash by bringing your own lunch.
Zoo Atlanta is located in Grant Park and it's a pretty neat place. Admisison prices are $17 for adults, and $12 for kids. They have all types of animals you'd expect to see at a zoo, and the gorilla exhibts are awesome. They have over 20 gorillas that roam in this mock Rain Forest that is designed to mimick their natural habitat. So the gorilla's arent caged up, and you get a better perspective on how they act in their natural environment. I also really like the Pandas and elephants.
From the zebras to the lions, the panda exhibit to the live shows, Zoo Atlanta rivals just about any other major animal attraction in the nation.
With winding paths, a petting zoo, plenty of clean restrooms and a great gift shop, this is a great place to take the family for a day outside. Just mind the Georgia heat--no one likes walking on concrete when there's a 98-degree sun beating overhead.
PROS: Great exhibits. RIP Willy B.
CONS: Monkeys smell funny, especially in summer heat and humidity
We have an annual pass to this zoo and love it! There is great variety of animals and they are spread out. Rarely a line to see anything. The new petting zoo is fantastic for the kids! I recommend the annual pass for big families. $16+ a tickets is easily paid for in 2 visits!
The Atlanta Zoo is a fun and easy to find attraction in Atlanta. With ticket prices starting at under $30 it sure beats the high price tickets of theme parks. The panda exhibit is always a hit with kids as well as the petting zoo. Pack your own food in because the Mc Donalds on site is about 3 times as expensive as it should be.
I love Zoo Atlanta. I have been there many times, and I always enjoy it. It's a nice big zoo with large natural habitats for the animals. The animals are very well cared for. The zoo is well-kept and clean with lots of activities and opportunities for kids to learn. The Cyclorama is right next door... check them out at the same time. All-around good zoo. It can be crowded on the weekend and hot in the summer, though. I paritcularly like the gorillas.
PROS: large habitats, lots of animals
CONS: can be crowded on the weekends