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Address: 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121
Phone Number: +1 617-541-5466
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Description: This 72-acre urban zoo was founded in 1911.
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70+ acres of unique attractions

I will say first off the drive in was difficult. My GPS was off quite a bit considering I was coming off 1-95. It took me into the suburbs and I had to go through a construction... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The zoo itself is pretty good but the playground is amazing. If you have young children admission is worth it just for the playground. The playground is next to the giraffes so you can watch them if your kids are playing on the playground. Awesome zoo.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We went last weekend with my boyfriends sons (Age 5 & 9) and we weren't hugely impressed. A few of the animals just looked sad, and then there weren't some in other exhibits. No lions. It was great to show the boys things they normally wouldn't see and they loved the park, hard to tear them away from it. Ended... More 

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Athol, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Pitiful zoo. No signs to lead you there. No signs to lead you back to major roadways. Very few animals. I felt sorry for my toddler after that experience. It was her first time at a zoo and she was bored. Not worth the money. Don't go to this zoo.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

I will say first off the drive in was difficult. My GPS was off quite a bit considering I was coming off 1-95. It took me into the suburbs and I had to go through a construction zone. So be cautious because the neighborhood is very congested. Once your through the gates, parking was also confusing. To the immediate left... More 

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Hudson Falls, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

I paid $32 for myself and a toddler. The best thing the zoo offered was a great playground (which I could have done for free in community) there were only a couple of exhibits with animals, a few of the animals looked poorly kept, the viewing areas were barely accessible, the paths were difficult to navigate, and overall the zoo... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I visited on April 2015. Many exhibits have no animals. Some animal areas looked dirty. My 5 year old girl asked me why the camel looked sad. So I guess that she could perceive sadness on some animals. Overall she was impressed with every animal due to her age. From my point of view the zoo needs some caring or... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We visited the Boston Zoo today with our 6 year old son. He had a nice time but we were rather saddened and even surprised by the state of the zoo in a city like Boston. A lot of animals were not on display, but the ones that were on display were in areas that were too small, muddy or... More 

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Lodi, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We brought our one-year old to the zoo today to see all the animals. Website gives all indications of it being a wonderful little zoo. Too bad all we saw were signs: "These animals are currently off exhibit"... No giraffes No lions No, well, you get the hint. Nice zebras to see, two tigers, but nothing else that you don't... More 

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Oswego, New York, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The bad experience started on the drive there, the zoo is in a rough part of town and the parking lot is just a pot hole filled, uneven dirt lot. We walked up to the main entrance to find that about half the animals were off display, including the lion and giraffe. It was around lunchtime so we started off... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I have been to this Zoo many times and it is so much fun and open year round. They have a great kids petty zoo. If you plan on going to the butterfly exhibit you may want to call ahead, as when I went it was closed. Whenever I go to Boston w/friends that have kids we always go here.... More 

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