Top 5 Attractions For Animal Lovers

Lions.  Tigers.  Bears.  Oh my.  If you're a lover of all animals, there are several destinations in Macon and Georgia to see a whole menagerie of animals of all kinds.  Here are the Top 5 destinations for animal lovers.

1-Macon Museum Of Arts and Sciences

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Animal Lovers Museum of Arts And Sciences Mini Zoo

Macon's own Museum Of Arts and Sciences has a mini-zoo.  Animals you will see include reptiles like gators and snakes, amphibians, and even Tamarin monkeys.  Tours of the zoo are available to visitors all day, and special shows are scheduled during which museum curators describe the many amazing animals that live there.

4182 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA

2-Dauset Trails Nature Center

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Animal Lovers Dauset Trails Nature Center

Dauset Trails nature center offers common farm animals, as well as many wild animals common to the Southeast.  Their animals include cougars, osprey, black bears, river otters, beavers, coyotes, and even the national bird, the bald eagle!  Their animals are non-releasable, due to injury or other factors.  Admission is free, but donations for this non-profit can be made in the visitor center.  There are also many hiking and horseback riding trails, and special events and demonstrations throughout the year.

360 Mount Vernon Church Road, Jackson, GA

3-Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Animal Lovers Noah's Ark Animal Sanctuary

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!  Noah's Ark is a non-profit animal sanctuary for over 1,500 animals and over 100 species.  Animals range from farm animals to exotic big cats, bears, and primates.  Noah's Ark is home to the famous BLT: a bear, lion, and tiger, found by police as cubs in someone's basement, brought back to health, and now best buds sharing a habitat.  Admission is free, but donations are much appreciated.

712 LG Griffin Rd., Locust Grove, GA

4. Wild Animal Safari

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Animal Lovers Wild Animal Safari

A wild animal preserve in Pine Mountain Georgia that offers both a walking tour as well as a drive-through animal park (we recommend you rent their vehicles for this one… save your new car’s paint job!)  Animals include giraffe, rhino, lions, tiger, ligers (half lion/half tiger), bison, bear, wolf, and much more.  There’s also a café and a wonderful gift shop.

1300 Oak Grove Road, Pine Mountain, GA

5-Georgia Aquarium

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Animal Lovers Georgia Aquarium

If aquatic animals are more your thing, then head straight to the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta.  This is a world-class attraction, and one of the largest in the world.  From partying with penguins and diving with dolphins, this attraction has it all.

225 Baker Street NW, Atlanta, GA

Bonus Locations

Zoo Atlanta

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Animal Lovers Zoo Atlanta

Zoo Atlanta is a fantastic attraction, known for their gorilla exhibit as well as their giant pandas, rarely allowed out of China.

800 Cherokee Avenue, SE, Atlanta, GA

Wild Adventures Theme Park

Gateway Macon Ga Top 5 Animal Lovers Wild Adventures Theme Park

You can divide your time between animals and roller coasters at Wild Adventures Theme Park.  There you can see giraffe, lions, zebras, rinos, reptiles, exotic birds, and a host of other animals.

3766 Old Clyattville Road, Valdosta, GA