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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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  • October 2, 2017
    We were to a Boston Symphony Orchestra concert in the afternoon! It was wonderful! Thousands of people seething on the grass listing good music! Good structure and a gorgeous day!!!  more »
  • September 28, 2017
    Took my 2 years old to zoo. It was perfect time, weather was nice and almost no people there, because it was week day. We enjoyed walking and looking animals, played at playground. Playground there on...  more »
  • September 26, 2017
    First several entries and several parking spaces. Few animals, but all beautiful and easy to observe (the area of gorillas is particularly spectacular - similar to the Prague zoo). Very pleasant to walk in the zoo trails pretty and easy to walk around with a stroller. We went to 30 degrees / Sun: several places in the shade to relax. A few sites of pic-nics. Several sites for the toilets and drinking. Despite the fact that there are few kinds of animals, we loved and we spent a lot of time to observe each of the environments. There are two areas for children who are totally awesome. Between adult allow 2 hours but with children from 3 to 9 years predict an all-day (games and multiple discoveries). My kids have loved them (they did 14 zoo and they compare it to that of Prague or Berlin). They say spending a beautiful day and it was hard for us to leave.
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  • June 16, 2017
    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!
  • July 3, 2017
    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.
  • July 10, 2017
    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.
  • April 19, 2017
    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.
  • May 26, 2017
    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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