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Franklin Park Zoo, Boston

(2.6/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We visited the zoo this summer on probably one of the hottest days of the year. A lot of the animals were hiding out, or basking in the water. The zoo was huge and had a lot to offer. The butterfly co...  more »
  • My daughter, grandson & I recently went to the Franklin Park Zoo during the Holiday vacation. I went to my local library and received a pass for the zoo, this helped greatly with the cost. Adults are ...  more »
  • I visited in2012 and again about a month ago. What a great day I had with my grandchildren and son. The zoo is clean, safe, with plenty of parking. The many animals and displays were fascinating. the ...  more »
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  • This zoo was kind of sad... Is this Boston's biggest zoo? It had very few animals to begin with and even fewer actually out. There was a lot of open empty space and only place place to get food. The gorilla exhibit was pretty cool though.
  • Everything looks very old and in a bad condition. A lot of very small aviaries. Flora is really poor. I can't images how birds and animals can live there. They are all sad. The place must be renovated and well-planed for animals and for visitors. It seems that the Zoo tried to mask such condition by attractions for kids. But that doesn't help. I would go there with my kid to see exhausted and unhappy animals :(
  • It's ok Zoo. My 6 years old and his friend had a great time! It's safe place so they could run around. The day was perfect not too hot. They have a big nice playground. They have train rides. A lot of interesting animals to see (most were sleeping). The gorillas are my favorite. They also have butterflies and a tropical forest pretty cool. The food is good. Clean bathrooms. Staff was attentive and helpful. The prices are a little high as all the other places. But you can bring water and snacks. We spent a good 3 hours here.
  • We were lucky enough to take part in the giraffe feeding and fell in love with Beau the Masai giraffe. It was an unforgettable animal encounter. The Andean Condor exhibit made us feel like we were entering Jurassic Park. This was also the first time we had ever seen a Giant Anteater doing anything but sleeping. We even got a photo of his long tongue. The Prairie Dog section was great fun as they were right up close and all active.
  • Family time well spent here..food available.. Animals are awesome.. Come by see for yourself..