Destination Atlanta: Zoo Atlanta

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My youngest daughter loves animals, so when we research our travel destinations we look for places she will enjoy.  This usually means we make a trip to the local zoo.  In Atlanta, we were lucky to find a great zoo, located in the heart of the city.  Easy parking is available in their large lot, but be sure to get there early on weekends to help ensure a parking space.  We were visiting in the middle of the week in the Fall, so crowds were minimal, and it was beginning to be a bit chilly.  Upon arriving through the front gate, we quickly found the flamingos, which was a first for my daughter.  She was in awe of them, and stared for quite some time.  Next, we headed to the elephants, and then on to my favorite – the exotic bird area.

Not too much further into the park, my older daughter spotted the Treetop Trail, which is a ropes course that includes a zip line at the very top.  She’s conquered these kinds of courses before, but this is the first one that we’ve seen with a zip line.  She was very excited about this new element.  We paid the extra fee for her to do it, and she was quickly at the top.  She did the zip line over and over again and loved it.  Below the Treetop Trail is a toddler and small child playground, which worked out perfectly because my younger daughter stayed busy in the playground while my older daughter spent a lot of time up in the TreeTop Trail.

After some time playing, they were ready to see some more animals.  Our highlights included the pandas, giraffes, and gorillas.  For hands-on animal experiences, we spent a long time in the goat petting zoo, and the staff in the area were very knowledgeable with answering my daughter’s questions.  We also happened upon a short program and demonstration of the milky eagle owl, and we enjoyed watching it fly to the zoo staff.

For summertime, there is a cute splash pad for the kids to cool off, as well as the always popular carousel and train.  On a weekday, not all of the eating options ere available, but we enjoyed an indoor meal at the Wild Planet Cafe since it was a bit chilly on the Fall day in Atlanta.  They offered kid’s meals and combo meals with fries.  After eating, we spent some time watching the otters play, and then we decided to call it a day, as the kids needed a nap.

Things to Remember:

  1. Arriving at opening time on a weekend is the best bet to find parking.
  2. Take a change of clothes in the summer if your kids want to play in the splash pad.
  3. Check the event calendar for the day you visit to make sure you catch the special events of the day.

Sponsored Post – Zoo Atlanta hosted us.  All opinions are my own.

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