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Address: 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121
Phone Number: +1 617-541-5466
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This 72-acre urban zoo was founded in 1911.

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Very good zoo

If you have kids and dont know where to go Then zoo is the best choice for them They can play outdoor watching and learning different types of animals and birds. There is also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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109 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have kids and dont know where to go Then zoo is the best choice for them They can play outdoor watching and learning different types of animals and birds. There is also a cafe with some snacks . It is not an excellent but may be the only one in Boston.

Thank kismael
Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live in the suburbs of Boston, and haven't been to the Franklin Park Zoo since my children were young.....quite a few years. I went recently with my son and granddaughter, and was pleasantly surprised. The zoo is clean, easy to navigate, and the map they give you at admissions is easy to read. I am told that late spring... More 

Thank Kathy W
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16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Loved the gorilla exhibit!!! Many animals, although most were closed cause of the cold weather. Not sure why I still had to pay full admission... Very pricey for what I ended up getting to see. They should flex prices for different seasons. Animals looked happy and well fed, although customer areas were very dirty and not well kept. Great zoo.... More 

Thank Samantha F
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We visited in mid-September only to find that a good proportion of the exhibits were closed for the off season. This was very disappointing as it meant that there wasn't much for us to see during our time there and also because we had paid full price to get in. There was also a real lack of staff at the... More 

1 Thank bennichols1986
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23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

The Franklin Park Zoo is fine, some animals and exhibits, but not much more than that. To be totally honest, it is very evident that they need more money here, and the zoo suffers because of it. It isn't very exciting, and it is sometimes dirty. The animals themselves seem to be doing fine though, and that's the most important... More 

Thank Cam513H
Boston, Massachusetts
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42 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Its compact and has lots of animals from all over the world. Since it is compact, it is pretty walkable for even smaller kids. And kids can see real animals, whatever they might have read in books. Anteater, anaconda, white tiger, lion, kangaroos etc etc. BUT at the same time, it pains to see a tiger n lion in a... More 

Thank SmritiNarayana
Boston, Massachusetts
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57 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

If you are a visitor to the city of Boston. Its not a great zoo. Most visitors will probably be disappointed. The reasons why Boston does not have a better zoo are many and complex, but they do keep trying. I have visited many zoos over the years - London, Cheyenne Mountain, Bronx, Kampala, Memphis, San Antonio, Houston, Gladys Porter,... More 

Thank Gtex78
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Really cool zoo where the movie 'ZooKeeper' was filmed! Beautiful animals. My highlight was the condor - what a bird. All very friendly and informative staff. Excellent.

Thank funderwhirl
Kirkville, New York
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50 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

For being such a large city Boston's Larger zoo is a bit of a letdown. Its a large zoo but most of the space is open land that isn't used for exhibits. Some of the smaller exhibits are also somewhat outdated. The Gem of the zoo is the Indoor Rain forest Building home to the zoo's Gorillas. It really feels... More 

Thank eproper11
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I took my three nieces to the zoo along with my parents. We were excited and the kids were looking forward of the day. Unfortunately, the giraffe was ill and was not out for viewing. I wish that this had been mentioned on their website, as I checked it before we left to head down. This was one exhibit that... More 

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