The Atlanta Zoo has been a staple attraction of the East Side of the city for many years, however to zoo is in need of some serious cleaning up. The grounds during our visit were in need of some necessary painting and repairs. The best attractions are still the Lowland Gorilla Paddock, but things will never quite be the same without Willie B. The Panda exhibit is usually pretty crowded, but you can check things out anytime with the live Panda Cam.
Perhaps one of the redeeming qualities of the zoo is the Jazz-zoo Fundraiser that is held every year. Tickets are a bit pricey, but everything collected goes directly to the zoo facilities and the open food and cocktails more than makes up for the fee. All of the food and adult libations are supplied by local area eateries and bars. Both the festival from 2010 and 2011 were great, although it would be nice if the gates opened sooner for people to enjoy the zoo and animals for an hour or two before the drinks start to pour and the music starts to play.
The price is right and if you hold a AAA card you can get a discount at the gate. The other attraction next to the Zoo is Cyclorama which is a Diarama of the Civil War and the Battle of Atlanta. Quite amazing and very educational for children although the noise of the cannons and gun fire can be disturbing to very young guests.
All in all, the zoo is a nice break to take the kids to or for a couple to enjoy walking around for a few hours and seeing the animals.
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