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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 #123 of 208 attractions in Boston
Type: Zoos
Traveler Description: Franklin Park Zoo is fun for both adults and children. For adults, there is a large variety of animals, from the Serengeti Crossing (ostrich, Grant's... more »
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67 reviews 67 reviews
9 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Why do you have to stand in line for 1/2 hour to get in on a busy summer weekend with one person in the booth while three people sit near by with no line letting in members? Went with our 16 month grandson who got enjoyment from the small pet exhibits but not sure how much we got out of... More

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St. John's, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had one day to visit Boston when staying 20km outside of town. We took the bus/subway in from Alewife and started at the zoo at 10:30. We were finished walking around the zoo at around 1pm and just felt very underwhelmed, and that we had wasted our money and our time. All the animals were asleep or hiding, we... More

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Concord, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I suppose if you're going here with small children, it's good enough. I took my 3 grandkids: 12, 11, and 8. The older ones were more interested in the playground with various climbing activities than they were with the animals. This is an older park and it shows. In addition to the rather expensive admission prices, http://www.zoonewengland.org/ it costs $2.00... More

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New York City, New York
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51 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

saw all the animals and the zoo in about 2 hours because of the rain. it was great. the animals were still active and seemed to be enjoying the rain. the lion and gorillas were the best part of it. 2 different parking lots and entrances. use the main one called the zebra entrance

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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I live close to Philadelphia Zoo and that zoo is fantastic so this zoo had to do a lot to impress me. Most of the animals were temporary not there. There was one of every animal most of the time (that poor male lion looked super depressed). The Zoo was HUGE, confusing to walk around, and there weren't many areas... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We went on the first Saturday of July which meant that adult admissions was the same price as children. We were at the zoo for about 4 hours. Some of the other reviews are pretty harsh - this isn't San Diego Zoo or Busch Gardens - don't expect to ride a roller coaster or see millions of animals, but this... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It's very poorly funded by the State and the City, it runs on a shoestring budget, and yet it does great things. If you come on a "Free" day don't be surprised it's crowded, and don't complain about that. It was FREE, what do you expect. If you want it to be better, help by buying a membership, which will... More

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Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Its ok. There are a decent amount of animals, a few rides only one was running and this was on memorial day, and the new 3D ride which was broken the entire day. The train ride was pathetic not really a train more of a tram that drives around the park so we decided against it. We ate lunch and... More

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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We had a great time at this zoo. It is a smaller zoo but I think they did a great job trying to get the "big" animals included. We loved seeing the giraffes, chimpanzees, lion (even though he was being a lazy guy. The children got to touch a snake and turtle. Their barnyard exhibit needs to be expanded, it... More

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Barre Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

My 7 month pregnant daughter and her 2 yr old and me with cane and knee issues and 9 yr old grandaughter decided to take advantage of the free friday the Zoo offered last Friday. It was the worst day for all of us ..Bumper to bumper traffic for hours with hardly any police or park helpers to direct you... More

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