What You’ll See at the North Georgia Zoo

Lynx at the North Georgia ZooThe North Georgia Zoo & Farm in Cleveland, Georgia, is home to over 80 species of animals that reside in naturalistic habitats and receive constant care and enrichment by their keepers. This unique facility has tons of opportunities for guests get up-close and personal with these wonderful creatures, from tours and special events to camps and education groups. Visitors from far and wide love the chance to see and interact with primates, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, insects, wild cats, wolves and canines, birds, large livestock, and farm and petting zoo animals. Animal-lovers everywhere, be sure to take a trip to the zoo the next time you’re in the North Georgia mountains!

Feed Your Wild Side at the North Georgia Zoo

If holding a baby kangaroo or cuddling a crocodile is on your bucket list, this wildlife oasis will make all of your dreams come true. Plus, when you stay at Glen-Ella Springs Inn in Clarkesville, you’ll be just a short 45-minute drive from all of the fun! Here are some of our favorite things to do at the North Georgia Zoo.

Winter Wonderland Tours

The animals at the zoo tend to be more active during the cooler months, making Winter Wonderland Tours especially interesting for guests. From December through February, you can enjoy watching the animals romp in the snow, learn how the animals adapt to the colder weather, and even help feed them some tasty treats. This 45-minute guided tour includes a wagon ride through the hoof stock area and a stop to feed and pet the camels, a meet and greet with one of the zoo’s friendly animal ambassadors, a hands-on encounter with 3 exotic animals, and of course, unforgettable memories.

Wildlife Encounters

On this 30-minute animal encounter, you’ll be able to spend time with your favorite species on a customized, once-in-a-lifetime tour. Guests can choose to visit with kangaroos or deer, train/handle a bird of prey or other bird species, have a reptile, wolf, primate, or wild cat encounter, or explore a nursery full of small and baby exotic animals. And if you forget your camera, you can still capture your incredible experience on a picture CD of high-quality shots that will be available for purchase.

Other Great Places to Explore

For even more furry fun in North Georgia, these zoos are fantastic places to spend an afternoon with family, friends, and of course, animals.

  • Chestatee Wildlife Preserve & Zoo: Experience native and exotic species from around the world in a friendly and clean environment at this wildlife preserve in Dahlonega, GA.
  • Tanglewood Farm Miniatures: This unique farm in Cherokee County has been named one of Atlanta’s best attractions and features more than 150 miniature petting zoo animals that provide a day of adorable fun for the whole family.
  • Zoo Atlanta: Guests can enjoy talking demos, a petting zoo, playgrounds, wild encounters, live animal shows, Parakeet feedings, and rides at this zoo in Atlanta, GA.

Reminsce at Glen-Ella Springs Inn

After an unbelievable day at the North Georgia Zoo, head back to our luxurious bed and breakfast where you can relax in one of our beautiful rooms or suites, then join us for a delicious gourmet dinner at our restaurant and tell us all about your adventures!

For more information on things to do in the mountains, download our North Georgia vacation guide.

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