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Southwick's Zoo, Mendon

#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. To visit Southwick's Zoo and other attractions in Mendon, use our Mendon trip planner.
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  • This is a very well maintained zoo that has been a favorite of ours for years. Going during the week in October meant no crowds. I very highly recommend this place for all ages.  more »
  • This zoo is located in rural central Massachusetts and we wanted to go for the fall colors and a place our 6 and 4 year old grandchildren would enjoy. If you are just interested in seeing animals ther...  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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