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Southwick's Zoo, Mendon

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#2 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Massachusetts
Family-owned Southwick's Zoo houses over 100 different species of animals. The 120 hectare (300 acre) Southwick homestead was a dairy farm when the family began collecting exotic poultry and other birds. In 1963 the family opened the zoo, and it has since expanded with a chimpanzee exhibit and skyfari ride. Enjoy a 15-minute ride above the zoo to get a bird's-eye view of the exhibits housing sika deer, chimpanzees, elk, and cheetahs. Visit the deer forest for a chance to pet and feed the deer. Using our online itinerary creator, Mendon attractions like Southwick's Zoo can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Just took my niece and her family to the zoo yesterday. Having been to many world class zoos my expectations weren't extremely high about a zoo in small town Massachusetts. I couldn't have been more w...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    This is a wonderful zoo! They have a wide variety of animals with informative signs for nearly every animal. The walkways are wide and the entire park very clean. The deer park is great. You can walk ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    One of our all time favorites since the kids were itty bitty. We returned yesterday after a 2-year break. The park has undergone significant improvements with an added brand new restaurant called Gall...  more »
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  • July 4, 2017
    Brought my two daughters (3 and 6), they enjoyed feeding the deer and the goats. There were a few rides for them, but check height requirements. There is plenty of shade and some misting tents to help stay cool. There are picnic tables so you can relax and eat. It may seem pricey but for a day of fun, I thought it was worth it.
  • June 22, 2017
    I am a Member of this Zoo so I may sound biased but I became a member after attending Earth Bash, their annual event. The deer forest is delightful and I have spent many hours there. The zoo is situated far back from highways and set into the woods. They recently opened a proper restaurant on premises that serves decent food that is open year round overlooking the zoo. I cannot recommend this place enough.
  • June 3, 2017
    Took my 6 yr old niece. She loved it and was tired by the end. There's lots of walking so wear comfy supportive shoes. Tons of monkeys to see, lions, Tigers, Leopard, giraffes, zebras, etc. Interactive exhibits with deer and birds. There are small, but fun amusement rides for the kids also. Would definitely go again.
  • June 12, 2017
    Best zoo I've ever been too. Tons of happy and fun animals in a great layout. There are fun attractions and rides and things as well like a cable-car seat which travels throughout the park and a forest to feed deer. Love it here!
  • June 19, 2017
    Pricing wasn't bad. Half off for dad's on Father's Day. Good amount of pets. Not overly crowed. Best part was the deer park. You got to feed the deers and touch them. Bring quarters, it's definitely an experience!

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