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Franklin Park Zoo, Boston

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Tucked away in one of Boston's popular parks, Franklin Park Zoo hosts a wide assortment of creatures. Over 220 species of animals call this 29 hectare (72 acre) site home, including ostriches, tigers, boa constrictors, pygmy hippos, gorillas, and Brazilian cockroaches. The special exhibits mimic the animals' natural environments and include a tropical forest, Serengeti crossing, and outback trail. Children will want to visit the 929 sq m (10,000 sq ft) wildlife-themed playground. Bring along a meal to enjoy in the wooded picnic area, grab a sweet treat from a snack stand, or sit down for some classic American fare at an on-site restaurant. Arrange to visit Franklin Park Zoo and other attractions in Boston using our Boston family vacation planner.
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  • It started of shaky at the gate but turned out to be a great event. Hearing that it sells out we purchased tickets in advance and that is recommended. A dysfunctional Security/gate crew yelled conflic...  more »
  • Having completed all of my academic requirements and final exams and papers for the semester, I found myself going stir crazy. I did what I always do when this happens, I grabbed my camera and found s...  more »
  • The zoo is small and animals that my kids were eager to see where not in their area (such as giraffes, zebras and ostrich) with no explanation. It seems we saw more playground areas than animals. Kids...  more »
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  • I had such a wonderful time here with my children. I'm from Boston, and hadn't been here since I was a kid myself. I definitely consider it a hidden gem in the city. It's absolutely beautiful, and well cared for. All the staff were so helpful, and very polite. We even got to see Baby Vader! But the gorillas were by far our favorite!
  • A great zoo for the family. We had lots of fun. We were most looking forward to the gorillas and we weren't disappointed. The food was expensive for what you got , so definitely pack a lunch or plan on eating outside of the park for better quality. Overall a great experience. Lots to do and lots of animals.
  • This place was surprisingly bigger than I expected. My son had a blast, he loves the outdoors and animals so it was an easy win. Lots of things to see and fun activities for the kiddos. Can definitely spend hours here. Pricing is kind of expensive but it is typical when you look at cost of things in Boston and even to the Aquarium.
  • I went here on a school field trip, and let me just say that this is the worst zoo I have ever been to. The first thing I noticed was that they had wildebeests, zebras, and an ostrich together in one very small exhibit. Then I went further into the zoo and saw the animals in the farm area. I have a horse of my own, and I can say with certainty that the horses here were not happy and not taken care of like they should be. There were also chickens in this farm area that were cooped up (no pun intended) in chicken coops that were smaller than the average household bathroom, and they had no dirt to give themselves dust baths which is a necessity for chickens, but instead they were kept on concrete ground. I also was appalled at the flamingo exhibit because the area was tiny and dirty; the poor 20 or so birds had less space to roam than my one singular horse. I can't even get started on the gorilla exhibit; all I will say about that is I walked into the gorilla building and turned right back around to leave because of the stench from the restrooms that were also in that building. To top it all off, the porcupines were also scratching at their door because they had no food and no shelter from the rain and the camels had been let out for a little bit to eat some grass while tied to a fence, but they didn't have any space to freely roam around and before I left I saw a zoo worker put them away in their shelter which was nothing more than a shed closing them in with no space for them to move whatsoever. If I could give the zoo zero stars, I would.
  • It's a nice zoo. A lot of walking in between animals. Plenty of restrooms an places to eat a little pricey but good zoo to visit. At least 2 hrs. To see everything