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Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo

Address: 469 Old Dahlonega Highway, Dahlonega, GA 30533
Phone Number: 678-859-6820
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Ranked #4 of 5 Attractions in Dahlonega
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Chamblee, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

We had a great "close encounter" with the animals at Chestatee. It was both entertaining and educational. We learned about the animals, their traits and habitats, threats to their survival, regulations that must be followed and the enormous amount of effort that goes into their upkeep. The family and volunteers really have the heart for this work. All of the... More 

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We stopped here on our way hone from Helen and it was a huge mistake. We pulled in to an empty parking lot and from the car could see a black bear in a cage I wouldn't put my dogs in. I wanted to leave then but decided to give it a chance and hear their side of the story.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We took our 3 year old to this place and she really enjoyed herself. The animal experience I would consider good but the staff were wonderful. They really helped us enjoy our experience by being so kind. We got to pet a zebra, deer, and horse. They have quarter machines to get corn to feed the animals that will come... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We live quite close and have been several times. The animals are kept in tight quarters and there's just not much to see. It's way over priced for what you get and don't plan on bringing a picnic lunch! We were told we couldn't sit and eat at the huge EMPTY pavilion unless we reserved it. Not so nice!

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Tennessee
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8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

My husband and I took our daughter and 3 grandchildren (1, 6 & 10) and we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was large enough to see a nice variety of animals/reptiles and yet small enough to not wear everyone out. We observed lions, bears, deer, moose, fox, emu, white tiger, leopard, zebras, snakes, birds, monkeys, etc. In fact the turtles... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

why in the world would put animals in cages inside a fence????? Will not be returning, took me about 20 mins to walk the entire zoo and only saw 5 animals not in cages in a fence. it just does not make sense, why not let them out of the cage? THEY ARE ALREADY IN A FENCE! literally if you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

What an amazing experience. Well worth every penny. My wife and I did this for our anniversary. Cw was awesome tour guide. I never dreamt of getting so close to these amazing animals. The animals are truly fortunate. Big gem in small location

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Ellijay, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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26 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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