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Franklin Park Zoo

1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121 (Dorchester / Roxbury / Mattapan)
+1 617-541-5466
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Ranked #138 of 195 Attractions in Boston
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Owner description: This 72-acre urban zoo was founded in 1911.
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71 reviews 71 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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Boston, MA
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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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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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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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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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Huntsville, Alabama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We went there in the afternoon. It was hot enough. The territory is large, full of trees but it looks like you're in the forest seeking for animals. There are not many varieties, animals are sleeping or hiding in shade (I know that it's not the case to explain animals to stay close to the fence, but shade is in... More

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

This was a good few hours spent in the summer sun. There are elements of the park that need a touch of renovation (mainly the tidying and landscaping of the grounds would give a much improved experience). However, first and foremost, the animal welfare is the primary concern and all seem to have plenty of room, look well cared for... More

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