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Bear Hollow Zoo

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Open Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Great place for all ages!

Bear Hollow is in a convenient location in five points. It is one of my favorite attractions in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Athens, Georgia
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Deer, eagles and bears. Oh, my!

This small wildlife zoo with pleasant natural surroundings is perfect for preschoolers. There is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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293 Gran Ellen Dr, Athens, GA 30606-4968
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bear Hollow is in a convenient location in five points. It is one of my favorite attractions in Athens! The zoo is very nice and well stocked with interesting animals. The pond is surrounded by a great walking track and lots of ducks. Playground is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank kimberlysbunting
Reviewed 1 week ago

This small wildlife zoo with pleasant natural surroundings is perfect for preschoolers. There is not alot of walking to see several types of animals, it is not crowded on a warmer winter’s day. And, it is free admission. We saw birds, an alligator (my favorite),...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank HiTea
Reviewed 16 January 2019

This Quaint Little Zoo is great for a day or 1/2 day outing Very interesting species here You will enjoy this Zoo

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bobby E
Reviewed 16 January 2019 via mobile

I love this place it reminds me of being a child. Although it has grown in many ways I think the struggled to stay relevant is real has kids like more computer games and they do anything these days. I for one am happy that...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Chris H
Reviewed 26 December 2018

This is a small zoo that features non-release wildlife, meaning they are there cause they cannot survive in the wild. Featuring deer, owls, otters, eagles, a reptile house, and more it is a decent way to spend an afternoon walking with little ones or just...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Buruko161
Reviewed 18 December 2018

This is a very small zoo with not many animals. The high light was a baby squirrel that fell out of it's nest. It was a nice day and a nice walk so if you enjoy nature it's worth the trip.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mbleaman57
Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Two thumbs up. My family (ages 9-47 all loved it). Not too big, just right. Very clean and fun. The bear exhibit was my favorite. The pond is nice to stroll around. My kids had fun on the play ground and my husband enjoyed strolling...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Slotmom1980
Reviewed 20 November 2018

Great place for the kids. Young or old, who doesn't love to go see anaimals in their natural habitat???!!!!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank amberaK6016EJ
Reviewed 24 October 2018

Bear Hollow centers around a small zoo, modest playground, and large lake in a beautiful setting within the city of Athens. Children love wandering through the animal exhibits, while adults enjoy the beauty of the scenery.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Cindy R
Reviewed 15 October 2018

This was such a nice surprise! A very small zoo with cool residents and a shaded easy access walkway - I went with a friend in a wheelchair. The animals were all well kept in reasonable enclosures and it was peaceful. I would definitely go...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Response from amberaK6016EJ | Reviewed this property |
I don’t think so.
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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.
6 March 2015|
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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