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Best Zoo And Aquarium Events In Atlanta

July 26, 2013 8:00 AM

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The City of Atlanta is doubly blessed as home to one of the finest zoos in the Southeast and the largest aquarium in the world – Zoo Atlanta and the Georgia Aquarium. To round out the state’s list of aquatic and animal-centered attractions, there is also the North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm in Cleveland, Yellow River Game Ranch in Lilburn and Wild Animal Safari in Pine Mountain. In addition to serving as sprawling playgrounds for adventure-seeking families year-round, these popular Southern destinations play host to a number of great events from one season to the next. For instance, Yellow River Game Ranch is Groundhog Day central every February when all eyes turn to beloved four-legged forecaster General Beau Lee to learn whether Atlanta can expect an early spring or six more weeks of winter. Events may serve as community gatherings, conservation awareness functions, educational experiences, fundraisers and more. For some of the best zoo and aquarium events in Atlanta for the remainder of 2013, animal lovers are invited to “explore” the following list.

Wild on the Rocks
Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 624-5600
www.zooatlanta.org

This all-new adult summer series at Zoo Atlanta features themed keeper presentations, a special evening exhibit viewing, live music, cocktails and a memorable experience. The August event is titled Otters and Old Fashioneds and the September event is titled Rhinos and Winos. Tickets include a complimentary beverage. Events are intended for adults and may not be suitable for children.

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Scarecrow Trail & Pumpkin Fest
North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm
2912 Paradise Valley Road
Cleveland, GA 30528
(706) 348-7279
www.northgeorgiazoo.com

North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm heralds the arrival of autumn by combining the fun of zoo exploration with the time-honored amusement of a fall festival. In addition to meet-and-greets with a variety of animals that reside at the zoo, guests can view themed scarecrows throughout the park, catch a hayride, tour a pumpkin patch, sidle up to the craft station and take part in Boo at the Zoo during Halloween weekend. Families, local businesses, non-profit organizations, church groups, schools and individuals are invited to enter a scarecrow of their own creation for display throughout the zoo during Fall Fest. Guests will vote on their favorite scarecrow and prizes will be awarded at the end of October.

Aqua Vino
Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 581-4000
www.georgiaaquarium.org

In its eighth year, Aqua Vino features tastings from some of Atlanta’s finest restaurants, samplings from more than 200 wines from around the world and viewings of more than 500 species of aquatic life. The evening’s events also include live, silent and wine auctions – proceeds of which benefit Georgia Aquarium’s Correll Center for Aquatic Animal Health. Hosted in the Oceans Ballroom and the various galleries of the Aquarium, Aqua Vino promises a great night for a good cause. Because this event is designed for adults, no one under the age of 21 will be permitted.

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Boo at the Zoo
Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 624-9453
www.zooatlanta.org

In addition to more than 1,500 animals from around the world, guests are invited to see (and BE) creatures of an entirely different sort during one of the city’s favorite Halloween-themed family festivals. Festivities include costume contests, trick-or-treating (while supplies last), special keeper talks, Halloween-themed crafts and more.

Festival of the Season
Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker St. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30313
(404) 581-4000
www.georgiaaquarium.org

The Georgia Aquarium invites families to celebrate the holidays with the whale sharks, beluga whales, penguins, sea otters, dolphins and more during the Festival of the SEAson. The galleries and exhibits are transformed into a winter wonderland with live holiday music, regular appearances by the Jolly Old Elf and the Aquarium’s very own underwater diving “SCUBA Claus,” opportunities for little ones to take part in holiday-themed arts and crafts and performances by the world famous Weeki Wachee Mermaids.

Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.

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