If your family only visits one destination in the Atlanta area this year, Zoo Atlanta is the one. Kids love Zoos! My brood love seeing animals and creatures of all sorts. Zoos bring out the wonderment and discovery in every kid. That desire to learn about creatures is innate in all of us from birth and zoos give your children the opportunity to explore! You simply cannot go wrong with a trip to a zoo.
Great news! Children under 2 years old get in FREE! Additionally, Active duty military, veterans, military retirees, and reservists get in FREE too! However, the fine print says that you must have a military ID and that all other family members must pay regular price admission. I think this is an awesome offer. Now, zoo admission is somewhat pricey but not Orlando theme park expensive. Just be aware if you have a good size family. When you expect to be doing multiple destinations in Atlanta like the World of Coke, Fernbank Museum, or the College Football Hall of Fame, look into the Atlanta City Pass for deep discount. The memberships are where it’s at if you have more than 4 people in your family. We have six and it was actually cheaper to buy a Zoo membership than it was to pay for all of our individual admission prices. This way you save a few dollars and can come back for free within the year. We used the membership to go several times. I have found that buying a membership at several zoos, museums, and attractions that we have visited is indeed the best way to go. If you live in Georgia, your local library should have a Zoo Pass that you can check out for free! This pass gets a family of four into the zoo with no charge. CHECK IT OUT! LITERALLY!
Things to do
Bring towels and a Swimsuit! Zoo Atlanta has a great playground and a splash pad for the warmer months. There is a petting zoo, train ride, and rock climbing wall. There is an aerial ropes course as well. You can even pay to help feed the animals and take a behind the scenes tour. There is more to do than you can get to in a single day. Many of these extras are indeed additional costs to the regular admission fee.
Things to know before going
- School groups will always come en mass. If school is in session, there will be field trips aplenty. If school is out then there will be Summer camps. It is just a part of the zoo marketing itself and just prepare for the groups sharing the space.
- Concessions are adequate but they are pricey. If you don’t mind paying $4 for a hot dog and $8 for a small cup of Dippin Dots then you have no worries. We always packed lunches and brought our own food.
- I always recommend the kids carry their own little day packs so that jackets, swim clothes, and lunches can be transported wherever they go. Otherwise mom and dad will have their hands full all day and with a family our size that can get old.
- Bring water and drinks. It can get hot certainly, and you won’t have to pay high prices for a bottle of water.
- Wear comfortable shoes. Walking around the zoo in flip flops or sandals is not recommended. Your feet will be sore at the end of a long day.
The zoo is where it’s at! Go on a weekday if you can swing it. Zoo Atlanta is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. It may even close on the rare days that Atlanta gets severe weather, so plan ahead. Take your family to the zoo! Tell ’em we sent ya!