One of the country's oldest continuously operating zoos, Zoo Atlanta got its start in 1889 when a traveling circus broke down in the city. The zoo now houses 1,300 animals from 220 species, including the nation's largest collections of gorillas and orangutans. It's also one of only four American zoos where giant pandas reside and contains one of North America's most diverse collections of reptiles. The parakeet exhibit, which just opened in 2009, is very cool. Called Boundless Budgies: A Parakeet Adventure exhibit, it will let you hand feed some of the more than 500 free-flying parakeets. Zoo Atlanta is one of the best things to do in Atlanta with kids, the exhibits will keep the family busy for hours. The zoo is open every day but Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Open Hours: Monday to Friday from 09:30 AM to 05:30 PM, Saturday to Sunday from 09:30 AM to 06:30 PM
Animal Life, Sports and the Outdoors
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