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Franklin Park Zoo, Boston

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#6 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Massachusetts
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. Use our Boston road trip planner to visit Franklin Park Zoo on your trip to Boston, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • If you don't have a zoo near your home then sure go here. But its more walking than actually seeing any animals. NOT worth the $20 a person to get in.  more »
  • This is a great place for children and adults to spend time with nature. There are plenty of animals to see, but also there are lots of open spaces for parents and children to rest. Very nice gift sho...  more »
  • I took my toddler to the zoo for a walk and some animals and we had a great time. The zoo has a big playground which really makes it a place you can spend a good amount of time on a visit. There is co...  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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