North Georgia Zoo: 5 Best Reasons To Visit

The North Georgia Wildlife and Safari Park, also known as the North Georgia Zoo, is full of animal fun. With a drive-through safari, hands-on experiences with animals, a wildlife park, and a petting zoo — you’ll never run out of things to do here.

Located in Cleveland, Georgia, the North Georgia Wildlife and Safari Park features a large variety of animals — with everything from rare breeds to farm animals.

Ready to learn more about this special place? Here are 5 of the absolute best reasons to visit this North Georgia zoo.

Forest the beaver, courtesy of North Georgia Wildlife Park


Unlike the Zoo Atlanta, where animals are mostly away from the public in large enclosures, this North Georgia zoo is a bit like the Chestatee Wildlife Preserve with a wide variety of animals, and several ways to have a personal animal encounter.

The North Georgia Wildlife and Safari Park focuses on personal interactions and close animal experiences. You’ll get some of those up-close experiences with your park admission, and there are plenty of animal interactions you can add on to your day as well.

Park admission to the North Georgia Zoo includes a visit to the Petting Farm area and a guided Wildlife Walk tour. At the Petting Farm, you’ll be able to visit and interact with farm animals and exotic animals, like tortoises, parakeets and more. You can feed them (pet feed is available at the ticket booth) and pet them too!

You’ll also love the 45 minute guided tour that will let you see and learn more about the wild animals here — like wolves, kangaroos, lemurs, fox and more.

There is also an option to just purchase a visit to the Petting Zoo.


If you want to feel like you’ve left the United States completely, you’ve got to explore the North Georgia Safari. At this safari, you can drive your own car and see everything from camels, zebras, and warthogs, to antelope, cows, emus, and more. Be prepared — some of the animals will come right up to your window, looking for treats!

In addition to the drive-through, they also offer add-on options for more up-close adventures. The Explorer Package includes the drive-through, and your choice of either the Camel Experience, Small Animal Experience, or Deer Experience. The Expedition Package gets you the drive-through plus your choice of two of those experiences, and the Adventure Package includes the drive-through plus all three experiences.


So what are those experiences that you can add onto your Safari trip?

The Camel Experience will allow you to feed a camel, and get your picture taken with one too! The Small Animal Experience allows you to meet some of the park’s smallest animals, like hedgehogs or chinchillas, and the Deer Experience lets you walk into the deer habitat and feed them. Each of these experiences last about 15 minutes.

Want even more animals?

You can also book a Spider Monkey Experience, which will give you the chance to meet and hang out with Peaches, their goofy and sweet spider monkey. This 15-20 minute experience is sure to give you long-lasting memories. The minimum age for this experience is 8 years old, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Masks are required.

There is also a Penguin Experience offered as well. Meet their youngest penguin, Bliss, in addition to four adult penguins too! This memorable is 45 minutes long. The minimum age for this experience is 8 years old, and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Masks are required.


One of the best ways to experience this North Georgia zoo is by staying overnight!

Staying overnight at the North Georgia Wildlife & Safari Park is a totally unique experience, and a great activity for a group. Scout troops, schools, youth groups, and birthday parties will have a blast during an overnight stay here.

If you book a group overnight trip, you’ll be staying in a tent in their pavilion. They offer behind-the-scenes visits, animal experiences, animal-themed activities, games and a flashlight tour during the adventure. You’ll also enjoy Petting Farm access with a feed bag, a live animal presentation, and a continental breakfast in the morning.

How fun would an overnight at this zoo be?!


A great way to spend more time at the park with the animals is to visit during one of their Family Nights. Offered on most first Saturdays of the month, Family Nights are held from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. and allow you to walk through the park at your own pace.

You can spend more time with your favorite animals, meet animal ambassadors along the way, and see all the new babies in the Petting Farm, too.


For those who want to spend more time learning and interacting with animals, a Behind The Scenes Tour is a great way to do that.

Visit with nursery animals, touch and feed some exotic animals, learn more about animals that are not seen during regular park visits, and participate in animal training.

Perfect for all ages, those children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. The tours are offered on most third Saturdays of the month, and there must be at least 10 people reserved in advance for the tour to take place. The tour lasts between 2.5 and 3 hours.


If you can’t come to the North Georgia Zoo, let them bring the Zoo to You with their mobile petting zoo. The owners provide animals for the TV and movie industry in Georgia and are happy to bring educational programs and petting zoos directly to you.

Wildlife Wonders provides petting zoos, nativities, school programs, Vacation Bible School programs, stage shows, zoo displays, pony rides and much more.  

It would be a great idea for a birthday party, too!


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North Georgia Zoo: 5 Best Reasons To Visit