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Franklin Park Zoo, Boston

#6 of 14 in Zoos & Aquariums in Massachusetts
Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • My wife and I visited on an unseasonably warm day in November. Unfortunately some of the animals we had hoped to see were off exhibit due to the season or due to recent births in the group...  more »
  • Boston Lights! What a great take! We arrived and were a bit chilly at first but once we started walking and seeing the beautiful displays, we warmed right up. The hot chocolate by the Panda light...  more »
  • We went to visit July 3, 2019. This zoo is very clean and pretty. Animals were fat and content. We spent over 5 hrs. A lot of walking on nice paved walkways. Beautiful playgrounds for children. The giraffe encounter was fun feeding them leafy branches. You have to buy in advance for $5.00. The aviary was fun to go inside and have them land on your finger, if you find the right one. The lions lying on there backs basting in the sun. Gorillas having a grand time. A great place to spend the day! This is not my first zoo. For a small zoo, it is much better than I expected.
  • Beautiful, clean, lots of shady places to sit and eat a picnic lunch. Very nice exhibits and amazing staff. I do recommend bringing your own food/snack/drinks rather than buying food in the park because it's pricey.

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