This past week we were on Spring Break and at the last minute we decided to take a quick trip to Atlanta, GA, which isn’t too terribly far away from us. We love going to Atlanta – the weather tends to be a little cooler, and there is always plenty to do and see while there. I love to hike, and in this area there are a lot of trails that we can enjoy and our children can manage.
This time, we went to Zoo Atlanta since we had never been there before. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun we had! We were expecting it to be small since it’s in the city, but we made a full day of it and we could have stayed longer if we weren’t just worn out.
We went on a weekday during Spring Break, and it wasn’t at all crowded. They kept the entrance lines moving, and if you had bought your tickets ahead of time the line was even shorter! Right after you get through the entrance there were flamingos, which got the children excited right away!
Also conveniently located near the entrance were bathrooms, a place to purchase tickets for the extra rides, and a hand stamping station for re-entry if you needed to leave the park. We started off walking around the zoo, which is a fairly large loop. While the enclosures weren’t huge, they were well kept and clean. We enjoyed reading the fun facts that were posted throughout the zoo as well! They also have a great conservation program!
We got to see the baby pandas while we were at the panda exhibit (where we also learned a lot), and we also got to see a Red Panda, which my daughter was pretty excited about.
We then slowly made our way back to the children’s area for the petting zoo and a train ride. There is also an amazing playground in the children’s area that is large and nicely shaded.
I also got to try out their brand new Treetop Trail ropes course! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was so much fun! I admit, I got pretty scared, but they had a guide to help coach you through the experience. I felt so accomplished, and I was rewarded with a short zipline trip! I have to say this was seriously one of the most fun things I have done in a long time. If you go, just remember not to have anything in your pockets and use the restroom before going! The ropes course is over the children’s area playground, so my husband hung out there with our children and took pictures. My daughter was going to do the course with me, but after one set of obstacles she decided it was too scary for her. There were a lot of children who loved it though!
I HIGHLY recommend the zoo for a day of fun in Atlanta – go check them out!