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.
Franklin Park Zoo Reviews
My family of four — two adults and two kids — had a nice visit. My kids favorite part was seeing the gorillas, especially watching the antics of the youngest one, as well as feeding the parakeets (sev... more »
This is nice zoo. Not huge, but not too small. We spent about 6 hours here. There is no smoking in the zoo at all. There is an admission charge. We opted for a membership, for just a little more, so w... more »
I really appreciate Franklin Park and its Zoo. Great experiences... The animals seemed well taken care of and quite engaging during my spring and summer 2018 visits. In addition to that good news, there is a lot more to enjoy at the Zoo: the farm, the enclosed sites and gardens, the rides, the playground, the animals that walk around without restrictions, the animals that must be enclosed for safety purposes, the food and the walking paths that lead to shade and rest points. It's great. There are not a ton of shaded areas at certain times of the day, so summer visits require cool clothes, plenty of water and sunblock. If you appreciate nature and its simplicity- you'll likely enjoy yourself, greatly. The kids certainly will...especially once they make it to the main playground attraction. Very cool, however, some structures and slides may be hot during high sun due to a lack of shade in some areas. Oh! One last thing- Franklin Park Zoo has a cool dinosaur exhibit now, too! It'll cost you extra but you only live once. Plus, library discounts help save money so plan and budget for a win- win! 😀 See you there!
Wonderful zoo with FREE parking--don't see that too often. I would say to get parking and to see the animals up and about, come before it opens and especially on weekends. The prices of the zoo are alright. If you like going to different ones often, the membership is a great way to save some cash. The gorilla exhibit is breathtaking. I've never seen so many playing around and overall enjoying themselves. The exhibits are great sizes for the animals. Love this zoo!
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