We are honored to be a part of Grant Park, and in this series, we’re taking you on a tour of some of the neighborhood’s loveliest destinations to help you get to know the community. Today, we’re going behind-the-scenes of one of Grant Park’s favorite spots: Zoo Atlanta. Embrace your wild side and get ready to learn more about this Atlanta staple.
A Curious History
One of Atlanta’s oldest cultural destinations, Zoo Atlanta opened its doors back in 1889, the very first zoo of the city. As the story goes, a Marietta-bound menagerie was forced to end their traveling show after running into cash flow issues. The traveling circus left behind a few animals that were later donated to the city and relocated to the lovely Grant Park. What started as a small collection of animals later grew after a local philanthropist generously donated a collection that more than doubled the size of the Zoo.
Planning Your Visit
From giant pandas to slender-snouted crocodiles, Zoo Atlanta is home to more than 1,000 animals from around the world. The best part? The entrance to Zoo Atlanta is within walking distance of Burnett Grant Park. We recommend making a day of it, starting off at the Grant Park Coffeehouse for breakfast or lunch. To make the most of your time at Zoo Atlanta, you can use this handy tool to create your ideal itinerary and this interactive map to navigate your way around the exhibits.
Local Tip: Don’t forget that May 26 is Zoo Atlanta’s 11th annual Brew at the Zoo event. Tickets are going fast, so don’t miss your chance to save your spot.
Looking into the Future
Today, a historic transformation is happening at Zoo Atlanta. Grand New View, expected to open in 2019, will bring a one-of-a-kind event destination to the neighborhood. Revitalizing the former Cyclorama building, the space will overlook a new African-Savanna habitat, housing giraffes, elephants, lions, zebras, and more.
How to Get Involved
Zoo Atlanta is directly involved in the support of wildlife around the globe. If you’re interested in supporting the cause, learn how you can take action right here. You can help fuel the conservation efforts by donating your time (through the volunteer program) or money (by sponsoring an animal). Whether you’re a member or just stopping by for a quick visit, supporting Zoo Atlanta means supporting wildlife conservation and research.
Curious to know more about what it’s like to live and play at in Grant Park? Your newly renovated condo, just minutes away from Zoo Atlanta, awaits! Contact Burnett Grant Park to learn more.