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Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo

469 Old Dahlonega Highway, Dahlonega, GA 30533
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Ranked #6 of 7 attractions in Dahlonega
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos
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Ellijay, Georgia
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

If you need a nice afternoon or early morning trip with your toddler or pres-school age children, the price is for the welfare of the animals so at $10 over 11 years, and $5 for young children and the gas its a 50$ day, please rememeber the fees support this park and the animals. But they have a picnic area... More

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St Martin
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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I'm giving this 4 stars because I think these guys work really hard and have their hearts in the right place. No problem with the price though there's not a wide variety of animals, and yes it's hot, but hey it's hot in July in Georgia! The highlight for us was petting the Zebras and Zonkeys and by luck got... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Great facility and it's a rescue shelter and zoo. We couldn't believe the diversity of the animals, especially the lions. Delightful staff too!

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Duluth, Georgia
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The details: $10 for adults $5 for children. It might be hard in some spots to get a stroller around and the trail to all of the animal enclosures is a bit sunny in spots so sunscreen is probably a good idea. At the time of my visit the snack bar was closed so it was strictly b.y.o.b. Make sure... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We have lived in Dahlonega for 6 years and decided to take our 3 1/2 year old to the zoo. Price was good. There are quite a few animals there. Some are hard to see because they are set back from the fence in large cages. The zebras you can feed and pet because they come right to the fence.... More

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maitland, florida
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221 reviews 221 reviews
126 attraction reviews
220 helpful votes 220 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

$10 Adults $5.00 for kids. This is a walking tour in the sun. Brutal hot. Only bathrooms were 3 very hot porta potty. One of them was out of toilet paper. I hated the way the zoo was designed. They would have the animal in a small cage far far away then they fenced more distance. There was no interaction... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I am an animal person. I have been involved with exotic animal care and wildlife rehabilitation in the past. There isn't anything visibly "BAD" about Chestatee. The animals are in good health and condition, and the grounds are clean, but I am upset at the enclosures for animals such as the large cats. Concrete and bars? For a location that... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

We visited this rescue today for the first time. My 4-year-old son has been asking lots of questions about big cats, but we do not feel comfortable supporting big zoos and feel strongly about animals remaining in their natural habitat unless human intervention is necessary. We researched a few rescues around the Atlanta area and were pleased to find this... More

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Blue Ridge
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Don't get too exited about the cute tiger and lion cubs in the online pictures, they grew up! We came with the idea of showing the cubs to the kids and we were dissapointed. They are now big cats in cages as the rest. :(

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Roswell, Georgia
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

small cages for lions and tigers, animals very confined and animals obviously bored, not many animals out when we visited, so much potential for this zoo, would love to see a wider space for the animals to roam around and be free and more staff to care for these poor animals.

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