Nature is beautiful and luckily, Georgia has a lot of it! Do you love animals? If so, you’re going to want to check out this list of places to go for animal enthusiasts. Get a load of the wildlife in Georgia at these 11 places where all animal lovers should definitely go!
1) Okeefenokee Swamp
OK, well this place is pretty well known--but it just had to be on the list! It is hands-down our largest freshwater community of animals and wildlife here in Georgia, and in most of the country. You can take part in guided tours, outfitting, and kayaking as well.
Pictured: A cute Sea Otter in Okeefenokee Swamp. This is just one of many animals you can see there!
2) At any one of our state parks
Georgia is lucky to be filled with an abundance of wildlife and nature where animals can be found! Check out http://gastateparks.org/ for a complete listing of state parks in Georgia.
3) Cumberland Island
One of my favorite places to see wildlife, Cumberland Island, is known for its wild horses. They also have an abundance of birds and sea life for those that are interested!
4) Zoo Atlanta
Another pretty well known place to find animals from all over the world is the Atlanta Zoo. There you can find friendly giraffes, pink flamingos and ferocious tigers!
Go see the exotic and rare group of pandas at the Atlanta Zoo!
These elephants are larger than life and will surely delight all that visit them!
5) Noah's Ark
This animal sanctuary in Locust Grove is a wonderful place for children to encounter farm animals.
6) Chehaw Wild Animal Park
Chehaw is a park and zoo in Albany, GA. The 700 acres of wildlife is a park dedicated to education, preservation and conversation. It is one of only two accredited zoos in the state.
7) Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
This is a 2700-acre saltwater marsh is located on an abandoned military airfield in McIntosh, GA. This rich and assorted saltwater marsh is great for bird watching, as it attracts thousands of migrant birds every year.
Pictured: An alligator at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge.
8) Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge
This 4,000+ acre of wildlife refuge is located in beautiful Lakeland, GA. The Banks Lake is a natural sink, (depression where water collects and there is no visible outlet,) with an ancient geological origin. The lake is draped with blackwater marsh Cypress Trees and wildlife.
9) Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Savannah
This is a zoo-like nature preserve in Savannah. Oatland Island Wildlife Center of Svannah is a great spot to take kids who are animal lovers, as the center features educational programs as well as many animals in their natural habitat.
10) Savannah National Wildlife Refuge
Here is another natural refuge in Savannah that is huge! It's nearly 30,000 acres is located in both Georgia and South Carolina! If you're into bird watching, then this is the perfect refuge to catch some amazing species of birds. They also have bobcats, alligators and more!
Pictured:Mimosa Flowers at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.
11) North Georgia Zoo & Farm
This park and petting zoo is another great place to take the kids! Located in Cleveland, GA, this facility features kangaroos, cougars, wolves, monkeys and other exotic animals! While the kids can't pet the cougars, they can participate in hands-on exhibits with wolf-pups and kangaroos!
Have you ever visited any of these places in Georgia? If so are they amazing or what? Tell us where else we can find views of amazing animals in Georgia in the comments below!