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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 210 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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Weymouth, Massachusetts
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117 reviews 117 reviews
18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

My family and I really enjoyed the zoo. We got there early on a Saturday and loved exploring the zoo before it got busy. The landscaping is really nicely done and the is a wonderful playground for the kids. We brought our own lunch and sat on a bench watching the giraffes, not a bad lunch spot.

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Palm Bay, Florida, United States
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We were able to visit the zoo at a discount with our membership at our home zoo. The exhibits were very well explained by signage, there was a good variety of animals. The giraffes are my favorites. It was clean and well run.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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39 reviews 39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We've been to many zoos across the US and internationally, and we thought this zoo would be comparable to some of the best we've seen. Well, not the case. This zoo was pretty small and the set up was very lower scale. The exhibits were okay. Not that many animals. I guess because of Boston, we expected something that would... More

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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65 reviews 65 reviews
30 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We visited the Franklin Park Zoo this past week. It was the 2nd time we came here, the first being 2-3 years ago. It's a great little zoo that is quite manageable in less than a day, and has many very nice exhibits. We (2 seniors and one adult) were here with teen & almost-teen aged kids. Some of the... More

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Dulles, Virginia
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

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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78 reviews 78 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

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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69 reviews 69 reviews
10 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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
57 helpful votes 57 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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