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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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  • This was the second trip in 2 years to this small zoo which I didn't know existed until 2 years ago. Who knew there was a zoo right next to Dorchester. Very family oriented. Clean. Reasonably priced. ...  more »
  • Thought it is a bit far from the center of Boston, green is rich and good. As the name suggests, near vast green and good environment. The fun, both children and adults.
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  • We spent about two hours here and saw giraffe, zebra, prairie dogs, donkey, bat, kangaroo, ostrich, anteater, gorilla, capybara, and a petting zoo. There was a small playground. We walked through a sm...  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!
  • Lots to see but also many extra things to pay for. Huge playground in the back. 2 adults and one child under 5 was around $60. Takes about 2 hours to do the whole place. Our favorite was the gorilla exhibit. The big cats spend lots of time sleeping as is in their nature but it makes it hard to see them. We weren't able to locate the alligators displayed in the brochure but not labeled on the map.
  • Nice playground for children, and our kids had fun, I admit. But if you guys care about animals at all, this place shouldn't get your support. The animal enclosures are not fit for the animals. Too small and not clean enough. It's time to stop locking animals in small cells.
  • 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.

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