If the only zoo you know of in Atlanta is the Atlanta Zoo, then we have a few more great places you will want to check out. Petting zoos are a fun activity for kids and a great chance to take some fun photos. Atlanta has a few different locations with zoos your kids will love. It’s a fun bonding experience to see your children’s faces as they bond with a gentle giant for the first time.
North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm
2912 Paradise Valley Road
Cleveland, GA 30528
(706) 348-7279

The North Georgia Zoo & Petting Farm, located in Cleveland, is open daily, with hours varying depending upon the time of year, and it is only open select days in the winter season. There are plenty of guided tours available throughout the day. The animals on site include kangaroos, otters, camels, reptiles, wolves and many more. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children and infants are free.

Tanglewood Farm 
171 Tanglewood Drive
Canton, GA 30115
(770) 667-6464

Tanglewood Farm bills itself as the “Town of Miniature Farm Animals,” so that gives you some idea of what to expect. It is right at the foot of the North Georgia mountains, in Cherokee County, which provides a lovely backdrop and a great day trip from Atlanta. There are more than 100 miniature farm animals on display, making this a great place for really small children to get used to animals. The farm has special offers for school field trips or children’s birthday parties.

Little Red Barn Mobile Petting Zoo
Calhoun, GA
(678) 493-5860

If you want the petting zoo to come to you, then the Little Red Barn is your best option. It will bring animals to your home for the perfect children’s birthday party. Of course, there are ponies available for rides, but there are also peacocks, donkeys, goats, sheep, alpacas and other animals. Little Red Barn focuses on miniature farm animals.

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Cricket’s Mobile Petting Zoo
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 789-1422

Cricket’s Mobile Petting Zoo is another great option for your petting zoo party rental. It will bring farm animals to your party, including a quick setup and takedown process and professional staff on hand. Cricket’s also provides sanitizer and clean up after the animals. The zoo has pigs, chickens, pony rides, ducks and all of the farm animals you’d expect.

Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315
(404) 624-9453

Of course, the main zoo in Atlanta is Zoo Atlanta, located in the middle of town in Grant Park. This is the most convenient zoo for Atlanta residents, accessible by bus from the Civic Center MARTA station. There is a petting zoo on site open daily from 10 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Your kids will love this chance to get to know some of the zoo’s gentler animals while they see the larger creatures on site.

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