Zoo Atlanta
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 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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  • Bri Alimov
    Biloxi, Mississippi8 contributions
    Great Zoo. Terrible Restaurant!
    Zoo itself is great. Parking was a nightmare on a Monday when schools were in session. If you eat at the restaurant, allow for a LONG wait. There are 2 lines. One is for the self serve kiosk. Do not choose that line if the restaurant is busy!!!! Waited 30 mins just to order and another 40 for food to be ready. Meanwhile, people who ordered from a human ate & left in the time we waited
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 10, 2023
  • Karen M.
    Monroe, North Carolina94 contributions
    Rundown
    Disappointed in our trip. Zoo clearly needs renovating. Lot of the food stands were empty - or served limited food items - and the gift shop near the panda enclosure was closed. Way too many screaming kids on field trips.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 8, 2023
  • Phil R
    Kansas City, Missouri555 contributions
    Definitely a fun way to spend 4 or 5 hours
    We really enjoyed our time at Zoo Atlanta. The panda exhibit was incredible. The enclosures for the elephants and the giraffes were great. All of the animals seemed well taken care of and happy. There were only a couple of exhibits (tiger and komodo dragon) where it was very difficult to see the animals, but that's not uncommon in most zoos nowadays. They allow you to take in your own food and drink. While we weren't traveling with children, it looks like they had a great play area for kids. There were only 3 negatives. 1) There wasn't enough parking when we went. Many of us had to park on the street and walk in. But the street was safe and it was only a couple of blocks to walk. 2) The zoo seemed a little small. Hopefully they have some expansion plans in the works. 3) The train ride would be much better. It only did a small loop around the petting zoo area. It would be great if they could extend it to go around the whole park.But we had fun and I will go again next time I'm in Atlanta.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 2, 2023
  • Janie C
    North Carolina1 contribution
    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Brent F
    Wilmington, Delaware13 contributions
    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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Elina E
    Matthews, North Carolina60 contributions
    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Tamara M
    Atlanta, Georgia1,374 contributions
    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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 19, 2023
  • wanderlust543
    8 contributions
    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 July 30, 2023
  • tosl
    Jersey City, New Jersey785 contributions
    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 August 7, 2023
  • Shayla F
    2 contributions
    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
    Traveled solo
    Written September 27, 2023
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Michael S
Savannah, GA100 contributions
Apr 2021
Called before I drove over for my scedualed entrance day and time (Covid rules) to make sure it would still be open on Heavy Rain Day. I was told yes, everything would be open. Arrived, paid my 12 dollars for parking. Walked to gate to be told 75% of the exibits and animals couldn't be seen today due to the rain, (btw. rain was ending for day at this point 10:00am . but animals still not coming out.) They gave me a refund on my tickets because I live to far away to return on another date. However was told nothing could be done for the 12 parking I had just paid for right in front of main entrance because they don't run the parking lots. - So haw hard would it be to put a sign up before people pay to park that the zoo is basicly closed that day?
Written April 26, 2021
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AnnetteMarie332
Marietta, GA266 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We took my grandson to the Zoo using the free Library pass - look on Zoo Atlanta's website for details. This pass allowed free entry for the 5 of us (grandson is 2 and was already free).
Many of the animals were not out due to the cold weather. We would have been upset if we had paid full price to see only a portion of the animals.
However, since it was free, we had a wonderful time! Our grandson loves seeing all the flamingoes, elephant, gorilla, and various birds.
I'm sure a visit in warmer weather would be even better!Looking forward to doing that later in the year.
Written February 16, 2020
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Thank you for your feedback. In case you are interested, we do have a discounted winter rate to compensate for some of the animals being in their behind the scenes habitats. The cashiers always have a list of animals that will not be out so that you can make your decision accordingly.
Written February 18, 2020
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mctopham
Atlanta, GA122 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
The new exhibit is fantastic with the giraffes, elephants, and zebras. Absolutely fantastic! I thought the zoo has done a wonderful job making it COVID safe. The last two times we’ve been have been so pleasant. I love that they’re doing timed reservations so that the park is not overcrowded.
Written July 3, 2020
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Thank you so much for visiting Zoo Atlanta during these uncertain times. Yes, the African Savanna is fantastic. We appreciate your kind remarks, and great rating. Please do come again soon.
Written July 4, 2020
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phrogphile
Albuquerque, NM144 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
I was impressed with the zoo during today's visit. Thay have put in very sensible measures to deal with the Covid pandemic. Visitors must follow a specific path but they still get to see all the exhibits. Areas where people can stand and social distance are clearly marked (although people were not necessarily following those rules). Good - masks were required for inside exhibits. Bad - a bunch of people were not wearing masks outside and weren't social distancing. Good - lots of hand sanitizer stations. It's a pretty decent zoo with pandas and tanukis.
Written June 28, 2020
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Thank you so much for visiting Zoo Atlanta during these trying times. We really appreciate your complimenting our COVID-19 response. We also appreciate the 5 star rating. We are glad that you enjoyed your visit and do hope you return again when you get the chance.
Written June 30, 2020
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Andi B
58 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
As far as zoos go, the Atlanta zoo isn't the biggest or most impressive I've ever visited. However, the staff is AMAZING! We got there early and one lady took a lot of extra time to talk to us about different animals.

My daughter has developed a severe fear of bees and is autistic. She ended up having a meltdown early on. Another staff member walked with us and helped us find a quiet place for her to relax and grabbed her a sensory bag. The fidgets included helped distract her enough to finish the zoo.

The zoo also had lots of hand sanitizer and wasn't crowded. People were staying a respectful distance away and wearing masks. Definitely a covid friendly outing!
Written April 8, 2021
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M&T
Atlanta, GA42 contributions
May 2020 • Friends
Well done Zoo Atlanta with your social distancing safety policy implementation! My family and I were thoroughly impressed with our visit. The timed entry, one-way path, marked 6'+ viewing spaces, and multiple hand sanitizer stations are all great initiatives. The staff was beyond helpful and friendly, offering nearly personalized information and question answering. Crews were constantly around the facility cleaning surfaces and rails. The animals literally interacted with us, especially the elephants, otters and many birds. They willingly came closer to the viewing areas as we were there. The spacing out of the crowd made our visit much more enjoyable. We, and other guests, were able to go at our own pace and enjoy plenty of viewing opportunities. We look forward to going back very soon! Well done!
Written May 21, 2020
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Thank you so much for visiting Zoo Atlanta during these uncertain times. We appreciate you recognizing our efforts to insure a great, safe, and healthy visit. Please come again when you can.
Written May 23, 2020
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Kelsey F
1 contribution
Mar 2023 • Family
My husband and I take our toddler to zoo atlanta every year for educators day because you know, this is the time we can afford it. We were excited about our free yearly visit but it ended with a lot of disappointment. We entered the zoo around 3 due to the traffic and parking. We walked around and even skipped some attractions to try to make it to the train ride and carousel at the end. We walk up to the booth at 4:21 and I see another group purchasing tickets but a security guard closed the rope and walked away. I had to walk up to the booth and ask what was going on and ask “are you guys not selling tickets anymore???”. The lady rudely waved her hand at me and my toddler and said “I stop sales at 4:15”. But this is inaccurate because I just saw a family buying tickets. Now I have an upset toddler asking over and over to get on the train. It is posted NO WHERE that ticket sales end at 4:15. There wasn’t even a sign up. What is the point of being open until 5 on a very crowded day and not have attractions open until at least 4:45. That makes no sense. It was a whole crowd of people with their kids looking disappointed with no explanation or apology. Everyone does not have a zoo membership and can come whenever they please. This was a blatant lack of care for people’s time or socioeconomic status. I am not surprised because this country shows us over and over how they don’t care about educators. I couldn’t even give my son the one thing he was looking forward to due to your lack of care and respect for peoples time.
Written March 11, 2023
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Jason Gaul
Connecticut43 contributions
Aug 2022 • Solo
Pricing issue is full of joke and unjustified! That need to be stopped. It’s like a grab of hard earned money of people these days. Shameful!

I had a membership from other Zoo in other state that I am entitled to get half price admission to enter the Zoo Atlanta. I was asked to pay two different prices on a Wednesday and on a Sunday. This is ridiculous.

The signs said $29.95, the half price is $14.95 plus 8.5% tax which comes to $16.22 on Wednesday compare to $15.45 plus tax = $16.76 on Sunday that the cashier is trying to overcharge me. Why the sign and the cashier charging me differently? That’s illegal activity to do.

They didn’t do enough to keep up with the conditions of the Zoo and the site of the giant pandas. They didn’t get to put all 4 giant pandas out to see. Very disappointing. Website was unclear and not being continuously updated.

I am a giant panda fan. I expected to see all 4 but only saw 2 on Wednesday and 3 on Sunday. Where’s the other one that I wanted to see.

The Panda gift shop didn’t stock that good variety of merchandise especially shirts and stuffed animals. All looked boring and full of junk.

The Vice President of membership of this Zoo Atlanta gave me this complimentary card for free admission. I don’t feel welcomed and the behavior of worker at the zoo admission was unfriendly. They never properly apologized to me for the inconveniences and frustration I faced.

What an insulting to give me that complimentary admission card to me that expire in a week instead within a year. It’s like a slap in the face. I go back home next day to NYC area. It’s worthless and useless to use.

Thank you for having a worse experience of all these visits I have came to Zoo Atlanta. Years back it was wonderful and best times. What happened with that?

CEO of this Zoo need to take pay cut for not doing the job as expected to be.
Written August 14, 2022
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SubarcticHomebody
Anchorage, AK341 contributions
Mar 2022
Cold weather and a mid-week visit meant the crowds were completely absent during an afternoon visit. We were some of about 100 visitors at the zoo today. It was great to be able to see the animals out and about, though they might be more active in warmer weather. Loved watching the gorillas and orangutans especially. Animals generally looked well cared for and enclosures were in good condition.

Most vendors were closed, but there was a place to get hot coffee as well as a full service lunch cafe.

Use the online planning tool to see when different creatures are being fed. We saw lots of animals eating.
Written March 9, 2022
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MemphisZ
Germantown, TN268 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
The Atlanta Zoo is working hard to use the land they have acquired, and modernize exhibits. They have a few great exhibits: the Giant Pandas, the space for the baboons, the Sun bear overlook. The new elephant center was fantastic even though we never saw an elephant there.

This was first week of March and for some reason the giraffes and elephants were not out. No orangutans out. No rhinos. But the baboons, lions, tigers,red panda and giant panda were all visible.

The Zoo has a good selection to see beyond what I mentioned. Reptile house, monkeys, and play areas for example.

Written March 6, 2020
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Thank you so much for visiting Zoo Atlanta and leaving a review. The first week of March, 2020 has been very wet. Our giraffes will not be out when the savanna is wet or muddy. Too dangerous. The elephants were in their indoor habitat, the Zambezi Elephant Center, that is open to the public. We are very proud of it as well as the African Savanna. Rhinos are not here yet. We do expect them this year. Orangutans are not cold weather friendly. It must feel like 45 degrees for them to be out, and some of our older orangutans want it warmer. We do appreciate your kind comments and hope you will return again soon.
Written March 7, 2020
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