Home to over 80 species and 300 animals, the North Georgia Zoo offers the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife, both mammals native to Georgia and more exotic species. The petting zoo and hay rides are especially popular and ideal for small children.
At least a dozen other experiences are offered with highly trained staff members on hand to ensure the safety of both the animals and visitors. Many guests enjoy the Wildlife Walk, a guided tour through the grounds to see wild animals such as kangaroos, snakes, and alligators. In addition, guests can take part in a unique camel presentation, as well as a reptile exhibit featuring giant tortoises, python snakes, and crocodiles. Although not offered by Viator, add-on, hands-on animal encounters are available (from $35).
The North Georgia Zoo is located in Cleveland, 90 minutes north of Atlanta. Open daily from 10am-5pm, tickets cost $23 for adults and $21 for children ages 2-11. Individual encounters with various animals can typically be arranged in advance, and are recommended for children ages 8 and up.