Zoo Atlanta
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Viewed as one of the finest zoological institutions in the U.S. and a proud accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Zoo Atlanta has a mission to inspire value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family experiences. From well-known native wildlife to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, the Zoo offers memorable close encounters with more than 1,000 animals from around the world. Zoo highlights include giant pandas; one of North America’s largest zoological populations of great apes; and a global center of excellence for the care and study of reptiles and amphibians. Scaly Slimy Spectacular: The Amphibian and Reptile Experience, featuring more than 70 species in a 111,000 square-foot complex, is the world’s first LEED Gold-certified reptile and amphibian exhibit.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Janie C
    North Carolina1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience! Especially the staff!
    Great experience! So much to look at. I mainly want to thank the employees. They were so knowledgeable about everything and seemed to enjoy sharing information and interacting. Carol was amazing! We were there Tuesday June 27th and she was above and beyond a fountain of information. She answered all our questions and seemed to love her job. Would love to go again.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2023
  • Brent F
    Wilmington, Delaware13 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where are the bears?
    Decent zoo. Couldn’t see the red pandas because the trail was closed for safety reasons - but no advanced warning until you got to where it was blocked off. They have 4 pandas and only one was visible. It was a total undersell compared to DC Zoo. There are not many places you can see pandas anymore. Wish it was better.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Elina E
    Matthews, North Carolina56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great variety of animals and wonderful staff
    Located in midtown Atlanta, it was easy to find. Parking was adjacent. The enclosures provided clear views of the animals and a great variety. Frequent presentations by the staff made the trip educational and fun. Spent a good 3 hours walking around.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2023
  • Tamara M
    Atlanta, Georgia1,268 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A very nice zoo and we loved the elephant experience
    My husband and I are new to the Atlanta area and we visited Zoo Atlanta for the first time in August 2022. We went to the Elephant Experience and enjoyed it very much. We also loved walking around the rest of the zoo. It is very well laid out. It was a bit smaller than I expected but we did spend a few hours enjoying the animals there.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • wanderlust543
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of animals, but hard to see them at times
    So let me preface this by saying that there were definitely a lot of animals at the zoo (very spacious by the way) and it was cool to see them on the visit. But - and it might have been because I went during the summer (July) and it was extremely hot in the afternoon - a lot of the animals were not visible to me because they were hiding! I assume it was because of the heat, which I totally understand, but that kind of disappointed me. Most of the animals were in exhibits that were very far from the public eye - the only exhibit that had a box in which visitors could go up close to see the animal was the panda (I might have missed others). Otherwise, the animals during my visit were resting in the very back. This was my first visit to a zoo, so I was hoping for a bit more of an up close experience (I did enjoy the animal farm because visitors got to pet the goats). You might have a better chance of seeing the animals up close if you visit in a cooler month.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 30 July 2023
  • tosl
    Jersey City, New Jersey876 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Manageable size without the crowds
    By luck, we went on the 2nd day of school for Atlanta schools. As a result, no crowds. The zoo is not huge but with pandas, gorillas, orangutans, giraffes, reptiles, etc., the zoo is an excellent attraction to visit while in Atlanta. The zoo keepers and volunteers were very helpful and friendly.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Shayla F
    21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome Zoo with great viewpoints !
    At first glance at the map, it seemed like this zoo was rather small, but it took me almost 3 hours to see everything. I LOVED how close I was able to get to the animals— who doesn’t love being like five feet from a red panda?! The animal enclosures were clean and well maintained. The reptile exhibit was really large and they had some awesome creatures! The gorilla habitat was AMAZING! My only complaints was that the layout/signage was a bit confusing, but I eventually found my way. Gift shop was also a bit steep. Would go again for sure!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 September 2023
  • LeeAnn M
    Austin, Texas74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go See the Pandas Before They Go Home!
    I was not going to miss seeing the pandas while visiting Atlanta knowing they are going home to China next year. It was definitely worth it! It was a nice day, so animals were mostly out of their dens/interiors, and it was in the middle of the week, so not too crowded. Our time spent at the panda exhibit was beautiful. I was able to see them well without a lot of people blocking views. Each one was out and eating or playing. I also fed the giraffe, and that was another beautiful experience. If you are a zoo goer, you will definitely enjoy this one. It's definitely one of the best.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 October 2023
  • account4fun
    Denver, Colorado739 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    See the pandas first
    Really nice zoo. Go as soon as they open and get to the pandas to watch them eat because later in the morning/day they will be sleeping. The gorillas were also great, esp the toddler and new baby. Also, the cooler weather helped because the animals were all active. The elephant encounter was fun and worth the extra money. Overall a great day!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Carol A
    Colorado Springs, Colorado47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love those pandas
    We enjoyed the layout of the zoo. It felt like walking through a forest instead of there being big spaces between exhibits. Of course, the pandas were the highlight. I would swear that one was purposely posing for us. Visiting the restaurant was also a plus. Food was good and service speedy.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 November 2023
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Beatrice L
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
It is much bigger than we expected. The place is very clean and easy to get around. The staff is very friendly and informative.
Written 5 June 2024
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Jessica G
Lockport, IL101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
My son and I have started a tradition of traveling together to a different zoo every year . With the pandas leaving at the end of 2024, Zoo Atlanta was a must! We had a great time and especially loved how close the animal habitats felt to you. Parking is available for a fee but we found free street parking in the neighborhood just a few blocks away.
Written 29 May 2024
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Ronniemull
Indian Harbour Beach, FL103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The zoo is wonderful, it is not overwhelmingly large, which is nice. You go from area to area, elephants, lions, tigers, and many other animals and the crowning moment are the pandas. Just spectacular. The children’s zoo is fun and the play area, carousel, train, mountain treck ziplune for littles, and splash pad are great. You can spend easily an entire day from open to close here. Highly recommend! I would think about bringing a picnic lunch because the food is at best mediocre and expensive.
PS buy the ticket that includes unlimited rides.
Written 26 May 2024
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Joann M
The Cincinnati Region5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
I traveled to Atlanta just to see the Pandas and the experience was amazing. The guides and keepers were the best. It was well worth the money. I got there just as the zoo opened and the pandas were all awake and enjoying a meal. I also enjoyed the rest of the zoo. I rented an electric cart which made it even better for me.
Written 17 May 2024
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akitkat118
Massapequa, NY137 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This zoo was cute... but I've been to better. First we were there on a Wednesday at the end of April... and bad idea! School trips! There was like a whole school there and look, I have my own kids (age 12 and 9) and I know how kids act on field trips so this was not enjoyable because my kids couldn't enjoy the exhibits once the crazy school kids moved into our area. It was a cool day so that was great in the morning because a lot of the first animals we saw were awake. However, there were several areas there was no animal because of construction so we missed the Sun Bear. The Pandas looked so sad because they were inside their enclosure because the outside was closed off. There were a few more empty areas and the orangutans refused to come out because there was massive construction next to them and the zoo volunteer said they were scared of the noise so they don't come out much. Wellllllll that's a problem. The zoo needs to do construction only during certain hours then so people who are paying to see animals can see them and they aren't staring into empty enclosures. We ate at the cafe... and we placed a mobile order but it got all messed up and I had to go to them and hand over my phone so they could see the order because it didn't go through well - so do not do mobile ordering! They also are sloppy! They dripped some sort of sauce on my son's burger. Luckily it was a big burger and I knew he would only eat half so I cut the part that was ruined off (a few fries got dripped on too) but this was a big deal. My kid has sensory issues and HATES sauces so this could have very easily set off a huge fit. There was something in my other son's food too that clearly got dripped in or cross contaminated. So it was very very sloppy. They also don't give you your drinks with your mobile order! There are signs to go pick up your order but then they send you to wait on the cashier line to get your drinks. That was SO annoying. Like... have everything ready on one tray for pick up. The bathrooms stunk so bad even from outside. I don't know if it is the type of cleaner they use or if they are just gross but it smelled.
Cute visit for a few hours but could be better.
Written 2 May 2024
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19Alex
Lexington, KY44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I rated this a 5 for the pandas! I know the pandas are being renegotiated - I’m assuming for a new breeding pair. The panda exhibit was incredible. They are my favorite animal and it was my dream to see them, I don’t know why I waited so long. They had all 4 out the entire time we were there (we visited them a few times). The keeper told me they will put them in if it rains or is too hot (so 2 out). The indoor rooms were SO close. I was in heaven!

Now for info about the zoo. If they didn’t have pandas, I would not drive past x amount of other great zoos for this particular zoo. It was clean and nice, but not very big. The walk to the pandas was pretty short. When you weave towards the orangutans and red pandas, it gets very steep for walking. We did the whole right wing: red pandas to partial elephants in like an hour. Our toddler was struggling to see some animals at a distance. The animals were clear and picturesque for us, but if they were still, he couldn’t notice them. He did the best with the pandas (moving in the indoor room), giraffes, and elephants.

At the children’s zoo, they have a train, which does a loop. It doesn’t make stops near the food or anything. The loop is a bit small. The carousel is cute. The play areas and splash pads are nice, but better for kids older than 2-3.

We arrived at 950 am-ish and the Cherokee lot was full. This was a Wednesday after spring break, so we were surprised. There were like 20 buses of field trip kids too. If we didn’t do children’s zoo or multiple panda trips, this would take adults two hours. Our walking path was entrance > pandas > left side from red pandas to elephants > back to food / nourish cafe > pandas > children’s zoo. This was between 2-3 miles from 10 am -3 pm (with 1 hour lunch and 30 min toddler nap). Hope this helps, I couldn’t find this info anywhere. If you didn’t revisit attractions and you planned this systematically, you could do it in less steps and time!

I hope they keep pandas and I would consider coming multiple times a year when my family is at the right age. Everyone was friendly as well! The only thing I wish they would change, adding security. I know it’s annoying, but I was shocked they didn’t have it (like a bag search or metal detectors).
Written 10 April 2024
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southernpilot01
ALBANY,GA157 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We got free tickets to go to the zoo. You can get them from your public Library if you live in GA. I was glad I didn't haft to pay for the zoo experience. I though for as big of a town as Atlanta is it would have a better zoo than what it has. I guess I should of figured out when we passed the Federal Prison Atlanta that this was not going to be a great experience and it was not. The staff was very friendly. The place was neat and clean it was just old. We didn't have any of the food but I saw the prices and it was way over priced for what it was. If you have young children they will like the zoo. We had to park in the parking deck and cost $10.00 and had a terrible time getting out since of of the exits was closed and they were allowing people to enter on the exit lane that was open. For me the Zoo was a one and done experience.
Written 6 April 2024
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GeorgiaStarry
Georgia185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Enjoyed seeing the animals and the new elephant enclosure. We were fortunate enough to see the gorillas playing and the pandas chilling.
The downside was dinning. Ate at an off time and the line still took forever. The most concerning part had to do with the outdoor seating. The umbrella would list in the moderate wind and land on people. There were not any employees to assist with this. I saw it happen 4 different times. Each time others would put their umbrellas down. Then a new group would put their umbrella up and the problem reoccured.
Written 4 April 2024
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Juanita W
Arlington, United States113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Possibly the nicest zoo we've visited. There was a good traffic flow. Both favorite and unique animals. easy to read information about the animals. Beautiful plantings. It seems the displays were we carefully designed - both easy to see the animals and offering enrichment for the animals.
Written 3 April 2024
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Jason G
Baltimore, MD699 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This zoo is a good size in that it won't necessarily take up the entire day. Plenty to see and do, but not overwhelming by any means. Fun for all ages.
Written 2 April 2024
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