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1 Franklin Park Road Boston, MA 02121
USMABoston02121
(617) 541-5466zoonewengland.org
ZooToday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled within Boston’s historic Franklin Park. Here, guests can experience the most innovative and intimate indoor gorilla exhibit in the world. Visitors to the signature Tropical Forest can stand face-to-face with the Zoo’s western lowland gorillas at one of five glass viewing stations in the state-of-the-art indoor exhibit. It’s a truly unforgettable experience! While at Franklin Park Zoo, be sure to also visit the African lion in the Kalahari Kingdom, the tigers in the Tiger Tales exhibit, the Masai giraffe and Grevy’s zebra on the Giraffe Savannah, and the many other remarkable species that call the Zoo home.

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This park, part of the Emerald Necklace of green spaces, includes a zoo, golf course & arboretum.- Google
People talk about western lowland, giraffes, courtyard by marriott, baby gorilla and rain forest
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Cyrus Bleakley
reviewed 3 months ago
I love this zoo. I am 10 years old and it's mostly toddlers lurking around the zoo but you're never too old for it. The Tropical Forest indoor exhibit has a lot of cool, wild animals. The Bird House is also interesting and the playground is large and very fun with tons of kids running and crawling around but the playground is also very dangerous but that makes it fun. By far, my favorite part about the zoo is the gorillas. I know all of their names and all about them. I love gorillas and know everything (literally everything) about them. So far, this is the best zoo I've ever been too and I hope you visit it! -Cyrus (AKA Okie)
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Jeff Doughty
reviewed 7 months ago
Positives: More exhibits than expected. Large area, with up close viewing. Lots of birds. Free (albeit scattered) parking. Negatives: Expensive for what you get. Terrible food. Saw zero interaction between zoo keepers and animals. Animal living conditions look to be very low quality. Many of the exhibits have signs that read "This animal is receiving veterinary care" which is depressing. Either too many or too few animals in each exhibit. Worst of all comes to the Gorilla and other primate exhibits... These animals are caged in far too little room with essentially no stimulation. When we came to this part of the zoo I was interested to see how the animals were acting. We found one adult Gorilla sleeping by the window. Upon waking and seeing about 10 people watching her she immediately grunted, pounded the glass and ran off. A few minutes later she returned, sat down, put her face into her hand and sat looking at the people out of the corner of her eye. It was incredibly depressing to see the undeniable look of frustration, boredom, and sadness in her eyes. We had a similar experience a few feet over with the Lemurs... a lemur pounded off the glass when a girl was making faces at him. The only zoo keeper/ workers to be found were doing some repair to the condor exhibit. No animal interaction took place while we were there. Overall: Its a zoo with potential to be good. It reminds me of the show Kitchen Nightmares. Gordon Ramsey needs to come and talk some sense into the complacent apathetic staff. Think about the needs of the animals. If you are going to bring your children here, they will probably enjoy themselves for a couple hours, if they can handle the walking or are in a stroller. If you are like me (a 30 year old) with a fondness for animals, you will probably walk away feeling bummed out for the animals and wishing there was something you could do to help.
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John Hoarty
reviewed 7 months ago
All together my experience at the zoo was pleasant - the giraffe family was the best. The recent death of Gus the polar bear in New York is prompting me to write this note. The news report noted that Gus had a lonely life after his mate died. The story also recounts how in 1994 it was noted that his swimming patterns suggested boredom and they brought in some simulation like toys and activities which seemed to help. May I suggest that you do the same for the solitary lion at your zoo. There is a sign outside his area that talks about the social needs of lions and it's clear his are not met. I wasn't there for very long but it seemed to me that you could almost set a clock on his behavior. He lied down, he got up and roared a few times then pretty much just lied down again. Even my grandchild noted that he did the same thing over and over. I won't be taking them back to Franklin Park anytime soon because of this disturbing situation.
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Victor Wang
reviewed a week ago
Came here while it was pretty cold and a lot of the outdoor animals were nowhere to be seen, but it was still a good time. Got a lot of nice photos. The gorillas were one of the more memorable parts, and through the glass you can get up very close to them. I'd definitely go in the spring or summer though.
James Dean
reviewed 10 months ago
My kids and I love going to this zoo. Its like a good long walk in a park with exotic animals to look and interact with. The new playground is huge and state of the art as far as playgrounds go. There is a nice mix of animals to look at and animals to interact with. "barn, butterfly exhibit".. Overall its a great day for adults and the kiddies
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Arnab Rakshit
reviewed 7 months ago
The gang of gorillas were just awesome. The tigers looked healthy, neat and tidy. Giraffe and zebras looked happy in their large area. Everything was good but the gorillas were best.

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