Zoo Atlanta, the city's oldest tourist attraction, started by accident. A traveling circus had gone bankrupt when a local businessman decided to open a zoo in Grant Park in 1889. Over the years the zoo acquired more animals, including some from the private collection of Asa Candler Jr., son of former Coca Cola co-founder and philanthropist.
Over the years the animals have become the stars, like a silverback gorilla named Willie B. who lived at the zoo for nearly 40 years and the pandas Lun Lun and Yang Yang. The pandas recently gave birth to twins.
The zoo is open daily from 9:30-5:30 Monday through Friday and 9:30-6:30 on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $22.99 for adults and $17.99 for children.
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Fun place to visit
This is a fun place to visit by yourself or with friends or family. There is parking available on the side streets bearby. They have a great lemur exhibit. There is also an ice cream shop across the street from the zoo. For Halloween, the zoo hosts Boo at the zoo so kids can go trick or treating at the zoo. Fun zoo to visit, not too big of a zoo. The visit would probably take about 1/2 of a day.