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“A terrific day of fun and learning!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Southwick's Zoo

Southwick's Zoo
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Mendon
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Rowayton, Connecticut
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166 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A terrific day of fun and learning!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

We just spent three hours at Southwick's Zoo with our two year old grandkids and son - how much fun it was for us all! The animals are all so accessible and the exhibits are well laid out to give an "up close and personal" experience to even the youngest visitors. The Zoo is very clean and nicely planted with several sets of bathrooms and a number of eateries complete with covered picnic areas to provide a little rest and relaxation, while some rides (animal and mechanical) provide further excitement!

Visited June 2014
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Boston, Massachusetts
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119 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Arrange to Feed the Giraffes!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 13, 2014

We had such a fun day last Sunday at the Southwick Zoo. It is quite an adventure and about an hour ride from Boston. Be prepared to do a lot of walking and wear comfortable shoes and bring water! There are some steep hills so keep that in mind as well. We were greeted first by the Macaw who spoke and said hello and imitated other folks walking by. The biggest thrill was getting to feed the giraffes and seeing the three new baby giraffes. You need to arrange for this as soon as you get to the zoo and I suggest you get there early. There are three feedings and only twelve people can feed them during each feeding at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30. We were there when the zoo opened at 10:00 and the 11:30 feeding was already sold out. We did get to the 1:30 feeding and the giraffes come right up to you as you feed them branches. It is a real photo moment! The deer park is also lovely with deer roaming free and a chance to hand feed them is lots of fun. They sell food for 25 cents a handful or one of the many gift shops sell a cup of food for $2.00. You can also feed the goats but they tend to jump up on people so observe their behavior before taking any little children in there as they could easily be knocked down by the goats. The baby goats were adorable. Speaking of baby animals, you must see the mother and baby sloths. What a sweet pair as the baby sits quietly on the mother's lap and moving ever so slowing. We enjoyed the natural habitat of all the animals. It is a clean and well-kept zoo. The animals seemed content in their individual homes as there is much research done to provide the best environment and as natural as they would have in the wild. There are a variety of animals to see including lots of monkeys, a leopard, tigers, birds, reptiles, zebras, ostriches, camels, and others. Children can ride the camel for a small price. There are lots of places to get food and ice-cream and there are resting places if you are tired. They have areas set up for kids' birthday parties which looked inviting. They have some rides for the kids including a train ride and there is a cable car that you can ride for $5.00 that takes you above and around the zoo. Just don't look down as you go over the alligator pond! I found the staff to be helpful and friendly and gave us lots of additional information as we went from animal to animal. They had a staff member at the turtle exhibit with a shell explaining the skeleton of the turtle and telling us about the turtles we were seeing. One turtle was 100 years old! The zoo was crowded, but you never felt it since it is so large. It is a great zoo and no matter your age, there is something new to learn about the animals who share our planet!

Visited June 2014
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Smithfield, Rhode Island
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298 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Nice family day out!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2014

We enjoyed Southwick. I think the experiences they offer are what make the zoo. The two things that we enjoyed the most were the goat feeding area and the Deer forest. The deer forest I thought was an amazing experience. It is really beautiful. Make sure to bring quarters for the feeding machine. We had ice cream there which was $2.75 each. The zoo is well shaded, so that was nice since it was warm and bright out. We were allowed to bring in drinks. I would recommend going at least once.

Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Danielle G
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36 reviews
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“Great day”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Spent a nice sunny day walking around the zoo with a 2 yr old and others that ranged from 19to 72. Everyone enjoyed themselves . The monkeys and chimps are enjoyable to sit and watch. They have plenty of tables through out the zoo to sit and have a picnic lunch. Most
places don't allow you to bring your own food and beverages so this is a great plus.
We came across a couple of zoo keepers that were very informative and actually seemed to enjoy their job! One was Britney and the other was Michelle. Thanks girls for talking with us and for the chimp feeding Britney did.
I would recommend this zoo to family and friends.
Some complain it's a little pricey but it is a privately owned zoo, which means there is no state funding . So go enjoy your time spent there and don't forget to stop in the earth building and see the all the little creatures inside. Can't wait go back!

Visited June 2014
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rhode island
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59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Best zoo in new england”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 8, 2014

This was my second time at Southwick Zoo and it was just as good as the first. Large zoo so even when packed it does not feel crowded. Large number of monkeys which are always fun to watch. Amazing deer forest that allows you to feed deer. Some of the deer are hesitant but others will come right up to you eat from your hand. That was my daughters favorite part. They also have a skyline that takes you above some of the animals which is pretty cool.

Only negatives was the price is a bit high. Also despite staff being very good there was one lady working in bird enclosure who was a little drill sergeant like when she was speaking to guests.

All in all this is a wonderful place to spend the day.

Visited June 2014
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