Though most zoos don't allow people to feed the animals, there are no rules against feeding them lines during their daily stand-up routines. Practice animal whispering with today’s deal: for $10, you get a one-day admission to Zoo Atlanta (a $20.99 value for ages 12 and up; $15.99 for kids 3–11, $16.99 for seniors and college students; free for kids younger than 2).
Zoo Atlanta is home to a diverse animal population, including its most recent addition: a female giraffe calf, born July 22, 2011. To figure out what to call the leggy bundle of joy, the zoo is running a random-draw sweepstakes*, set to take place on August 17, which will grant one lucky winner the honor of deciding what will be forever etched onto the license plate of the giraffe's custom vertical stretch limo.
While pondering a longneck name, visitors can take a skip past the Sumatran tiger and American alligator exhibits. Other animal-based pastimes include holding a staring contest with a wise otter or attempting to hypnotize a stoic giant panda. In addition to all their furry and fuzzy friends, the zoo offers a wide variety of shows, shops, and activities to keep guests constantly engaged during their walk through wildlife.
Though Zoo Atlanta sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
*No purchase necessary to enter or win. See full updated rules.
Zoo Atlanta set up shop in 1889 after a traveling circus rolled into town and stayed indefinitely. Financial hardships had driven the circus owner bankrupt, leaving a flood of out-of-work circus performers and animals without anywhere to go. With the help of generous donations from concerned residents, Atlanta adopted the animals and converted a part of Grant Park into what is now Zoo Atlanta.
Since those early days, many animals have found their home at Zoo Atlanta, from elephants and tigers to gorillas and zebras. All in all, more than 1,500 animals currently roar and romp in their respective enclosures, meeting up once a night to dish over visitors’ summer outfits.
A typical journey through the zoo begins at Flamingo Plaza, from which visitors can choose one of two paths: They either take the left path and come face to face with elephants, warthogs, and lions, or they can choose the right and find themselves amid a flurry of exotic birds and excitable children at the KidZone playground. Visitors can walk at their own pace and follow their own path, still watching otters play, the nation's largest zoological collection of gorillas and orangutans swing through trees, and pandas pretend like they don’t care people are watching them sleep.