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Address: 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121
Phone Number: +1 617-541-5466
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Description: This 72-acre urban zoo was founded in 1911.
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Not bad, a good zoo for very young children

This zoo is certainly not going to win any national acclaims, however it is still worth going. It's not too big so small children can walk it easily. The gorilla exhibit was... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 29, 2014
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Portland, Maine
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I have been to this Zoo many times and it is so much fun and open year round. They have a great kids petty zoo. If you plan on going to the butterfly exhibit you may want to call ahead, as when I went it was closed. Whenever I go to Boston w/friends that have kids we always go here.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

This zoo is certainly not going to win any national acclaims, however it is still worth going. It's not too big so small children can walk it easily. The gorilla exhibit was good and I also really liked the Andean Condor. You could get a good view of the animals from many locations. This zoo has a fantastic playground inside... More 

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Schroon Lake, New York
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83 reviews 83 reviews
16 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We decided to take the grandmunchkins for a day trip, and after visiting the web site for the zoo, decided to make the drive to Boston. What the web site didn't say, nor did the attendant at the ticket booth, was that fully half the attractions were closed until the spring. The kids were quite disappointed, and we felt cheated.... More 

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San Diego, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
23 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

A pretty small zoo with not a lot of animals. There's no elephants, rhinos, bears, etc. The exhibits aren't to nice. Overall it's not the best zoo in the world.

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3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This is a very family oriented setup especially if your kids don't like to walk too much. Everything is well labeled and there are only short walks between the animals. Due to it's small size the don't have the biggest selection, but we enjoyed it anyway.

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Maynard, Massachusetts
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79 reviews 79 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Once you get to Franklin Park Zoo and find a place to park - which is free - the zoo itself is pretty average. It is a bit pricey for a family to attend, but there are multiple places including your local library that probably offer discount passes. The animal exhibits are good, particularly the indoor ones. Compared to some... More 

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Salem, New Hampshire
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We went to the zoo in August 2014 on a weekday. We were able to use library passes to help off set the price. Packed a picnic lunch and it is really affordable! We saw the lion - which was moving around and making noise. The Bengal tiger was right up close to the fence laying in the water -... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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94 reviews 94 reviews
40 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Went to the Franklin Park Zoo recently to see what it was like. Hadn't been previously as it is more difficult to get to via public transportation (there is a bus that drops off nearby, but makes travel time one way 20 to 40 minutes depending if the bus is running on time). Have mixed feelings about the zoo. It... More 

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New Milford, New Jersey
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The reason we went there was because it was included in our "Go Card". Don't bother wasting money on their so called "6D ride". You would actually feel sad for the animals. They looked unhealthy and hungry.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Hard to call this place a zoo. Couple animals that were actually present in their cages were asleep. A lot of missing/closed places. Some areas beg for renovation. It's more a walking park than a zoo.

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