The Atlanta Cyclorama is a 42-foot-tall panorama oil painting of the Battle of Atlanta, fought on July 22, 1864, during the Civil War. Visitors sit in a rotating auditorium that gives a 360-view of the painting, which was created from 1885-1886 and is said to be the largest painting in the world. Three-dimensional figures lead from the painting up to the seating area, making the whole experience like walking into a diorama.
While the kids weren’t too fascinated by the Cyclorama, Zoo Atlanta definitely captured their attention. All the typical zoo animals were present — elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, monkeys — as well as a special exhibit and section for the Giant Pandas. There’s also a children’s area with a petting zoo, train, climbing wall and carousel. After all that, my kiddos slept all the way home.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: $10 adults, $8 for children 4-12 and senior citizens, free for children under 3
Contact: www.atlantacyclorama.org or 404-658-7625
Open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., ticket booths close at 4:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., ticket booths close at 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $20.99 for adults (12 and up), $15.99 for children (3-11), children 2 and under free, $16 for senior citizens, military and college students.