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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 #122 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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Dulles, Virginia
13 reviews 13 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We went to Franklin Park Zoo for the first time with 4 year old grandson. There was a typical variety of animals, including some babies. In the middle of the zoo was a fantastic playground with sections for two different age groups. However, the zoo was difficult to navigate because of poor or no signage, an inaccurate map, information on... More

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Lincoln, Massachusetts
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20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Despite living in the Boston area for 47 years, I had never visited Franklin Park zoo until I took our 6 year old grandaughter at the end of June. (I had taken our children to another area zoo when they were little, and it was very depressing. We crossed zoos off our list of things to do.) Franklin Park Zoo... More

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68 reviews 68 reviews
9 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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111 reviews 111 reviews
51 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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