Zoos in ATHENS with kids

It’s animal time in Athens, Georgia and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Athens because this The Peach State city has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Bear Hollow Zoo

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    (2 miles) Athens

    A charming zoo filled with non-releasable native Georgia wildlife, perfect for that animal-tastic day out filled with learning and experiences. Free admission too!

  • Yellow River Game Ranch

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    (41 miles) Lilburn

    You will have the animals eating out of your hand-- literally! This wonderful game ranch has 24 wooded acres with over 600 animals and birds that families can get right up close to. From buffalo, ...

  • North Georgia Zoo and Petting Farm

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    (54 miles) Cleveland

    Over 400 animals at this premier Georgia petting farm and zoo! Pony and wagon rides, as well as guided walks too. Great animal fun for the kids

  • Zoo Atlanta

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    (59 miles) Atlanta

    Animal keeper talks, training demonstrations, fun shows, animal encounters and more!

  • Georgia Aquarium

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    (59 miles) Atlanta

    Visit the WORLD's second largest aquarium, and it happens to be in Georgia! With 10 million gallons of water, and over 100,000 animals from all around the world!

  • Greenville Zoo

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    (84 miles) Greenville

    Where a world of wildlife can be experienced in one day!

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  • Jumping Jacks Indoor Playground

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    (54 miles) Dahlonega

    Indoor play AND mini golf at this fun Georgia play center for those active kids!

  • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta

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    (56 miles) Atlanta

    A LEGO based, indoor family attraction in Atlanta, ideal for kids up to 12 years, with rides, soft play, model building and much more!

  • Hoppy Feet Fun Center

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    (73 miles) Grovetown

    We are Augusta, GA's newest indoor fun center specializing in private parties and open jump! We also offer many inflatables for backyard parties, church, or school events.

  • Monkey Joes

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    (85 miles) Greenville

    Active and playful kids up to 12 years can enjoy this indoor play center in Greenville, with fun inflatables and activities!

  • Watson Mill Bridge State Park

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    (18 miles) Comer

    Known as one of the most picturesque state parks in Georgia, Watson Mill Bridge contains the longest covered bridge in the state, spanning 229 feet across the South Fork River.

  • Fort Yargo State Park

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    (20 miles) Winder

    Fort Yargo offers a fun camping, hiking and fishing experience. The park surrounds Marbury Creek Reservoir, a 260-acre lake with a swimming beach, fishing areas and boat ramps.

  • Sadlers Creek State Recreation Area

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    (46 miles) Anderson

    Great outdoor and wildlife recreation area in peaceful and tranquil surroundings

  • Stone Mountain Park

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    (46 miles) Stone Mountain

    Located on 3,200 acres of natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features a wide variety of fun family activities and things to do in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Amazing adventures await as you discover ...

  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

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    (54 miles) Atlanta

    Take a solitary walk to enjoy natures display, raft leisurely through the rocky shoals with friends, fish the misty waters as the sun comes up, or have a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. Experience your ...

  • Chattahoochee Nature Center

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    (57 miles) Roswell

    The Chattahoochee Nature Center is different each and every day - you never know what you will find out on the trails or what some of the resident animals will be doing. In addition to our trails ...

  • The Martin Luther King Jnr National Historic Site

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    (58 miles) Atlanta

    The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site includes a number of facilities that are operated in partnership with the National Park Service, Ebenezer Baptist Church and The King Center. ...

  • High Falls State Park

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    (65 miles) Jackson

    Park visitors can enjoy the scenic waterfall on the Towaliga River and hike to the remaining grist mill foundation. A campground, picnic areas and canoe rental are also available. This pretty park in ...

  • Kennesaw Mountain NBP

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    (68 miles) Kennesaw

    Monday, June 27, 1864, when some of the heaviest fighting of the Atlanta Campaign occurred here. Preserved are historic earthworks, cannon emplacements and monuments.

  • Falls Park on the Reedy

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    (83 miles) Greenville

    A stunning public greenspace in South Carolina with the famous Liberty Bridge, and that stunning waterfall! An oasis in Greenville!

  • GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail

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    (88 miles) Greenville

    A 21 mile multi use accessible trail suitable for hiking, biking and other non motorised travel with great views!

  • Paris Mountain State Park

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    (89 miles) Greenville

    Fishing, boating, hiking, biking, and adventure all waiting for day visits and campers in this South Carolina state park!

  • Fort Mountain State Park

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    (94 miles) Chatsworth

    An amazing nature filled family day out in the Chattahoochee National Forest, this picturesque state park has a range of outdoor activities, from horseback riding, mountain biking an hiking is a ...

  • LanierWorld

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    (39 miles) Buford

    A super fun way to get drenched in summer! Enjoy over a dozen super cool rides and attractions at LanierWorld - a very cool waterpark!

  • Chattahoochee Rapids Beach

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    (40 miles) Lake Lanier Islands

    With more than a dozen exciting rides and attractions, Chattahoochee Rapids Beach & WaterPark at Lake Lanier Islands Resort offers summer fun for the entire family. The Beach & WaterPark is a multi ...

  • Helen Waterpark and Tubing

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    (57 miles) North Helen

    Tubing and waterpark fun for all ages in Georgia, with fun slides, adventures, pools, and even a rock wall!

  • High Falls Water Park

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    (65 miles) Jackson

    Seasonal water fun in Jackson with pirate ships, water slides, family pools, and plenty of places to lounge around!

  • Six Flags White Water

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    (65 miles) Marietta

    HUGE water fun with Six Flags, with over 50 amazing water attractions, extreme thrills, relaxing spills, and everything in between!

  • Cherokee County Aquatic Center

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    (66 miles) Holly Springs

    Two indoor pools and one outdoor pool for those budding swimmers to have a splash about or improve their swimming techniques.

  • Discovery Island Splash Park

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    (82 miles) Simpsonville

    Water fun in South Carolina with water slides, splash playground, lazy river and surf simulator!

  • Otter Creek Splash Park

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    (91 miles) Greenville

    A small community water park with slides, zero entry pool and interactive splash pad - located in a great Greenville park.

  • Shipwreck Cove Waterpark

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    (98 miles) Duncan

    2 flume slides, kiddie lagoon with loads of play features, plus lazy river and larger leisure pool for bigger kids with rustic pirate ship and water cannons.

  • South Carolina Children's Theatre

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    (83 miles) Greenville

    Immerse yourself in the magic of live storytelling at this South Carolina Children's Theatre, with child-friendly shows and hands-on theatre experiences!

  • Cherokee Valley Ranch

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    (71 miles) Jasper

    Zip lines, tubing, hay rides, tobogganing, fireside dinners and great ranch fun in Georgia! Fun for the whole family!

  • Mice on Main

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    (83 miles) Greenville

    Take the kids up and around Main Street and spot the 9 bronze mice hiding about!