The Atlanta Zoo is a wonderful zoo experience that is the ideal size for families with young children. At 40 acres the zoo is large enough to have a high number of quality exhibits, but small enough a visitor is not worn out by a visit. Zoo Atlanta has over 1,000 animals from more than 200 different species including the largest collection of gorillas and orangutans in the United States. It is also one of only four zoos in the United States to currently house giant pandas including two panda cubs that were born in 2013.On our particular visit to the Atlanta Zoo it was a colder spring day so not all the animals were out on display which was a shame. However the zoo was nice enough to tell us before we paid for our admission and they gave everybody a 50% discount for the day. Other zoos could learn a thing or two from that example.The Atlanta Zoo is divided into three main sections. The first being a KidZone with a petting zoo, small animal enclosures, a carousel, and playground, second an Asian animal area including Giant Pandas, tigers, and orangutans, and third an African area with a gorillas, lions, and elephants. The highlights of the zoo of course is the Giant Panda area which currently houses 6 pandas including two cubs, a very large well laid out gorilla exhibit, and their African Plains area that houses giraffes, zebras, and black rhinos. Also their gorilla and orangutan exhibits were two of the largest primate exhibits that we have ever seen.Other animals worth spending some time seeing were their World of Reptiles house which is a dated reptile house but it does have a nice variety of different species of reptiles. The parakeet aviary was a highlight for our 21 month old daughter with all the birds flying around her. The sun bear exhibit was well designed as well as their living tree house which is home to different types of small primates.
Overall, we enjoyed our visit to the Atlanta Zoo though the regular price of the zoo seems to be a bit steep for as small as the zoo is. Of course, just about every attraction in Atlanta seemed a bit on the expensive side to us. Despite the cost the Atlanta Zoo is worth a visit especially while there are still panda cubs on display.
to read all of our zoo reviews click hereAtlanta Zoo
Located at 800 Cherokee Ave, Atlanta, GA
Hours of Operation Monday through Friday 9:30 to 5:30 p.m. Year round extended hours on the weekends between sometime in March and lasting to the beginning of November Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Cost as of this Posting Adults 12 and over 21.99 Seniors 65 and Over $17.99 and children 3 to 11 $16.99
For more information visit their website at http://www.zooatlanta.org/
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