225 Baker St, near Olympic Centennial Park. | 404-581-5000 | www.georgiaaquarium.org
Atlanta now hosts the largest aquarium in the world. It contains more than 100,000 animals from 500 species, living in more than eight million gallons of fresh and salt water.
Yellow River Wildlife Game Ranch
4525 Highway 78, Lilburn. | 770-972-6643 | www.yellowrivergameranch.com
A trail leads you through the woods where deer eat peanuts and carrots out of your hand. Exhibits include hawks, bears, bison, foxes, General Beauregard Lee (the famous Southern groundhog who shows up every Groundhog day, shadow-hunting on national TV) and others. Animal food is available in the gift shop on the way in.
In Grant Park, 800 Cherokee Av SE. | 404-624-5600. | www.zooatlanta.org
Once a real dump, it’s now considered a model for other zoos. It has lions and tigers, rhinos and elephants, lemurs and snakes, peacocks that stroll the paths along with visitors, and a few giant pandas. There are twice-daily elephant demonstrations, at least two sittings of Gorillas-doing-lunch at 2pm and 3pm, with the Orangutan’s squeezed in at 2:30pm and 2:45pm. There’s also a petting-zoo, a mini-train that circles the complex, gift shops & food, and an Environmental Resource Center where the public and teachers can do animal research.