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. To visit Southwick's Zoo and other attractions in Mendon, use our Mendon trip planner.
Southwick's Zoo reviews
We visited this zoo for the first time to specifically see the rhinos and do the encounter. Cindy and the staff went above and beyond to make our visit memorable and perfect!! They were so nice and... more »
This was hands down such an awesome zoo. There are tons of animals to see in large enclosures so it was nice knowing they had lots of space to play and run around. There was a ski lift that takes you.... more »
Beautiful environment, friendly staff, tons of shade, and animals that appear to be happy and well taken care of. The employee at the turtle exhibit (the first exhibit we looked at) seemed to really enjoy his job a lot. After telling us a bunch of turtle facts, he asked me if it was my first time there. It was my second, with the last time I was there being years earlier. He went into great detail about all the different expansions the zoo went through since my last visit. He was a pleasant man. I loved the chairlift ride because it managed to provide a nice view of the zoo and its exhibits without being too high, which is nice for someone like me with intense acrophobia (and plus it was a nice break from all the walking). By far my favorite part was the deer forest. I own a Great Dane dog, and I find it adorable how the deer act, look, and feel pretty much identical to Great Danes (the mooching, the love for being pet, pushing themselves into me once they realize I'm carrying food... it's ALL there, haha). We were there for about 4 hours, and it went by quick. We'll be returning for sure. A perfect 5 out of 5 from me.
This is by far one of the best zoos in the New England area. Lots to see. Has animals that some of the other zoos around don't. Nice shady areas if it's summer. Very nice gift shop also! Great zoo for all ages!! Every summer it's one of our favorite places to go!!
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