Come face-to-face with many species of animals while visiting these zoos and petting zoos in Atlanta. Kids will love testing their senses: feeling slimy and soft, hearing roars or squeals and seeing spots or zebra stripes!  Check websites before visiting for hours and admission prices, as well as special events.

Zoo Atlanta 

It is hard to fit everything Zoo Atlanta offers into a day, check out over 15 things we love. Get up-close with all kinds of animals, from colorful flamingos to playful pandas and everything in between. Don’t miss lots of opportunities to play, including the new Treetop Trail. Zoo Atlanta also has a petting zoo, with goats, sheep and other critters to touch, and encounters to meet pandas, elephants, warthogs, lemurs and lions.

Where: 800 Cherokee Ave., Atlanta

North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm

The Zoo has over 80 species of animals from large cats to reptiles, and the encounters allow for up-close interaction with a sloth, monkey, kangaroo or a list of other animals. See baby pigs, goats, sheep, bunnies and more at the petting zoo portion of this zoo.

Where: 2912 Paradise Valley Rd., Cleveland

Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary

A black bear named Baloo and a tiger named Shere Kahn (sound familiar?) live together in one enclosure at this animal rescue sanctuary. Don’t miss 1500 animals, including birds, monkeys, cats, wolves and foxes, reptiles and small mammals.

Where: 712 L G Griffin Rd., Locust Grove

Pettit Creek Farms

You may see a camel, zebra, emu, pony or buffalo roaming this farm. Animals you would find on a farm such as a cow, donkey, chicken, turkey, pig, goat, sheep will be there, too! Pick up a large bucket of feed and travel around the farm to spot all of these animals and more. The new capybara enclosure and giraffe are must-sees.

Where: 337 Cassville Rd., Cartersville

Wild Animal Safari 

Your family can be transported to Africa by visiting this drive-thru safari park South of Atlanta. From the comfort of your own vehicle, you can travel through the 3.5-mile drive experiencing hundreds of animals. You also have the option of hopping on the tour bus with a guide or renting one of the zebra-print vans. Spot tigers, zebras, birds and more from the car.

Where: 1300 Oak Grove Rd., Pine Mountain

Stone Mountain Park

See goats do tricks at the Farmyard. They run around cones and through tunnels on command. Included with daily Adventure Pass.

Where: 1000 Robert E. Lee Blvd., Stone Mountain

Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo

Meet elk, tigers, zebras, bears and more or choose to have an animal encounter with small animals such as cockatoo, alligators, pythons, a corn snake, tortoises, bearded dragons or hedgehogs. You can also have “breakfast with the big cats,” a private encounter with lions, tigers or leopards.

Where: 469 Old Dahlonega Hwy., Dahlonega

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