Divided across five main habitat areas—Asian Forest, the Ford African Rainforest, African Savannah, Scaly Slimy Spectacular, and KIDzone—the zoo offers a wide range of habitats, viewing areas, and events. You can observe gorillas, orangutans, giant pandas, elephants, giraffes, frogs, lions, and much more. For a stress-free experience, book your admission tickets in advance and save time waiting in line on the day.
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Things to know before you go
- A range of food offerings are hosted on site, from picnic areas and sit-down restaurants to casual burger, ice cream, and chicken stalls.
- Zoo Atlanta is accessible to wheelchair users, though some paths may be steep; manual and electric wheelchairs are available to rent.
- The zoo has nursing and first aid stations, ATMs, gift shops, drinking fountains, quiet areas, and zones for people with sensory processing sensitivity.
How to get there
Zoo Atlanta is located in Grant Park, southeast of Downtown Atlanta. If using public transit, take the number 9 or 832 bus lines. The closest MARTA train station is King Memorial, which is roughly 1.4 miles (2.3 kilometers) away. Limited free parking is available in the visitor parking lot on Cherokee Avenue. Ride-share services and carpooling are encouraged.
When to get there
Zoo Atlanta is typically open daily from morning until early evening, though visiting hours vary by season: it’s recommended to research specifics in advance. Restaurants and shops tend tp close around one hour before closing time. The zoo is closed every year on Thanksgiving (the last Thursday in November) and Christmas Day (December 25).
Events at Zoo Atlanta
From scheduled feedings and talks to art classes and children’s events, Zoo Atlanta hosts a busy events programme. Highlights include Brew at the Zoo, held every Memorial Day weekend; Art Gone Wild, during which visiting artists paint in the open air; Boo at the Zoo, a Halloween spectacular; and Jungle Balls, the zoo’s Christmas celebrations. Keeper talks, wildlife presentations, and feedings occur daily.
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