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Bear Hollow Zoo

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293 Gran Ellen Dr, Athens, GA 30606-4968
+1 706-613-3580
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Small but never gets old

I've been at least 4 or 5 times now and it never gets old. The animals are great and I love seeing... read more

Reviewed 3 March 2018
rachelskinner16
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Athens, Georgia
Small and fun

The kids love it because they can run around. The zoo is small, cute and FREE! It's always been... read more

Reviewed 1 March 2018
lauren b
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  • Average5%
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“memorial park” (14 reviews)
“bald eagles” (8 reviews)
“reptile house” (7 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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293 Gran Ellen Dr, Athens, GA 30606-4968
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+1 706-613-3580
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"my kids love"
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"hidden treasure"
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"dog park"
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"self guided tour"
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"nice walk"
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

I've been at least 4 or 5 times now and it never gets old. The animals are great and I love seeing the bears at the back of the zoo. I absolutely love that it's outdoors and give some information about the animals staying there....More

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Bear_Hollow_Zoo, Assistant Zookeeper at Bear Hollow Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

We work here and feel the same way. It's an awesome cross-section of our Georgia native wildlife! Thanks for visiting!

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Reviewed March 1, 2018

The kids love it because they can run around. The zoo is small, cute and FREE! It's always been clean and the staff are friendly.

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Bear_Hollow_Zoo, Assistant Zookeeper at Bear Hollow Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

Thanks for dropping by! We hope you'll visit again soon!

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Reviewed February 18, 2018

We love going here - it is a convenient place to spend 30 minutes with a toddler or older children. And it's free! Sometimes I pop over on my lunch hour for a bit of quiet and nature. It's in a wooded setting, with about...More

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Chris S, Assistant Zookeeper at Bear Hollow Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2018

Thank you so much for your review!

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Reviewed February 7, 2018

We took our two year old son here on a summer trip to visit family. I remembered this place from my own childhood but hadn't been back in 20+ years. It's a hidden little gem in Athens and such a quiet yet lively escape from...More

1  Thank Stephanie L
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Bear_Hollow_Zoo, Assistant Zookeeper at Bear Hollow Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

So glad you came back to visit! We hope you'll visit again next time you're in town!

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Reviewed February 6, 2018

Bear Hollow Zoo is a gem that is hidden in Athens, GA. It feature local species of animals found in the Southeastern United States.

1  Thank tw110398
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Bear_Hollow_Zoo, Assistant Zookeeper at Bear Hollow Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

We like to think of Bear Hollow as one of the jewels in the crown of the "Classic City", Athens, Georgia. We're glad you agree! Thanks for visiting and we hope you'll visit again sometime soon!

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

This is a quiet nice place to go with family. The children will have a fantastic time, seeing all different types of animals and learning so much.

1  Thank Judy A
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Bear_Hollow_Zoo, Assistant Zookeeper at Bear Hollow Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

We're glad you could drop by! Thanks for visiting!

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Reviewed January 20, 2018 via mobile

Visited Athens and found Bear Hallow Zoo was free to the public. The weather kepts most of the animals inside, but we were able to see the deer, turkey, bobcat, owls, and bald eagles. The reptile building is closed on weekdays. It was still a...More

1  Thank Eric B
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Bear_Hollow_Zoo, Assistant Zookeeper at Bear Hollow Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2018

We hope you'll come again soon now that spring has sprung! Thanks for visiting!

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Reviewed January 3, 2018

I remember my grandmother taking me to the zoo/park as a child in the 60s, then taking my children starting in the 80s, and now looking forward to taking my grandson when the weather warms up. It's such a beautiful place situated in an actual...More

2  Thank sweetpea7559
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Chris S, Assistant Zookeeper at Bear Hollow Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded January 5, 2018

So glad to be part of your Athens tradition!

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Reviewed December 21, 2017

Unigue experience with an in town zoo located with a residential area. easy walking trails leading to many different animals

1  Thank Dan M
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Bear_Hollow_Zoo, Assistant Zookeeper at Bear Hollow Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2018

Glad you could visit! Please come by again soon!

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Reviewed October 24, 2017

Every time we come to Athens we have to make a trip to Bear Hollow. Because of the location and proximity to downtown it's the perfect meeting place for friends and it's always a good way to entertain the kiddos.

1  Thank JaneVicent
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Bear_Hollow_Zoo, Assistant Zookeeper at Bear Hollow Zoo, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2017

We're so glad you enjoy visiting!

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Sherrill R
July 26, 2016|
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Response from PizzaAndBeerLovr | Reviewed this property |
I've never seen anything for sale at the zoo, but it is just a couple of blocks away from all sorts of stores and restaurants. There is a public pool next door that may sell drinks. We bring water in with us.
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Response from maggiemay223 | Reviewed this property |
Bear Hollow has special program days where the reptile room is open and a staff member may allow one of the lizards to be touched under strict supervision. Generally speaking, none of the animals may be touched with the... More
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