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Franklin Park Zoo, Boston

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
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 drove down specifically to see the corpse flower in bloom. It was on my daughters bucket list, to see a stinky flower. It was $67 for a family of 4. Pricey. The kids enjoyed the exhibits and the an...  read more »
  • Very nice, small zoo. Our children liked the gorillas, the bird house, zebras, the lions and tigers. It was our second visit, and both times the giraffe was indoors due to poor weather conditions. The...  read more »
  • When we first went in we were a little disappointed with the run down appearance of the headless statue that greets you and the first worn looking area. As we went through the brand new children's are...  read more »
  • 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.
  • Unfortunately, I gave the Franklin Zoo two stars for several reasons. The Zoo lacked recycling bins throughout the park, but had adequate trash cans. In order to encourage environmental conservation and recycling, I believe the zoo should have more. Secondly, the exhibits just didn't appear clean. The enclosures for many anianls were too small and dirty. The enclosures seemed neglected. Thirdly, Franklin Zoo staff was scarce to non existent. Zookeepers or educators were not present to talk to guests and educate visitors about the various animals and exhibits. Employees were rarely saw outside of the various shops. The Franklin Zoo just seemed low budget, dirty, and an unhappy place for its animals. Overall, I was very unimpressed. Many improvements need to be made.
  • An adorable lil Zoo in the middle of Boston. Most staff were very friendly. My family's favorite part was the camel ride. IF you ever go and you have the opportunity it's worth every dollar. A fun experience and Scott and staff will bring a smile to anyone's day. Loved the variety of animals, which made for many conversations between family members. Had a great time and would recommend it to anyone for an afternoon of enjoyment.
  • 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 :(
  • We have a Zoo New England membership, which gets us into this zoo and the Stone Zoo and pays for itself after a couple of visits. While my kids like both, they seem to enjoy this one a little more, and that's probably because there is more to see in terms of wildlife. Plus, they have a place to feed the birds and to see butterflies during the warmer New England months. There is also a giant playground where the kids can use up any extra energy they don't expend while walking around the park to look at the wide assortment of animals. The biggest challenge may be getting here; once you exit 93, it's another 15-20 minutes of stop-and-go traffic through Dorchester, even though you only go a few miles. That said, it is worth the trip and I highly recommend purchasing a family membership because (a) it's more than worth the cost and (b) you're supporting the care of these beautiful animals.
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