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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 212 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

My kids enjoy themselves anywhere but coming from a parent's point of view, I thought it was run down and not much to see. Besides the gorilla exhibit, it was a bit disappointing. The playground was great but I don't need to drive all that way and pay all that money for a playground! Won't be returning anytime soon!

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Milford, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The zoo is not big, and, at mid-day on a hot day, most of the animals are asleep!!! However, those we did see were interesting, but the big gorilla looked so sad!!! I had booked a wheelchair, and was told to pick it up from the audio booth. We waited for 15 minutes before heading off trying to find someone... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This barely has any animals that are actually. Most if not all animals were hardly moving or doing anything. Our 4 kids only enjoyed the kids park so I pretty much ended up paying for a day at a park that happens to have some animals.

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London, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

I was expecting something along the lines of a zoo in Philadelphia , Buffalo or Detroit. This zoo was more money than all of them but not comparable to any of them . Not many animals small scale over priced and unfriendly staff at the gate. The are better ways to spend your time.

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Weymouth, Massachusetts
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18 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

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
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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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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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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
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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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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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