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1 Franklin Park Rd Boston, MA 02121, United States
1 Franklin Park RoadUSMassachusettsBoston02121
(617) 541-5466zoonewengland.org
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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
"Visit their website for zoo party events during almost every holiday."
16 reviewers
"The Tropical Forest indoor exhibit has a lot of cool, wild animals."
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Lynn Julian
5 months ago
There is only a clear glass wall between you and gorrillas, tigers, and a lion! Franklin Park Zoo is the ONLY ZOO in the North East that has gorillas... and a baby gorilla born 11/2011 too. There are no daily "shows" for visitors to learn more about the animals, but their are "zookeeper" encounter times daily posted on flyers. Visit their website for zoo party events during almost every holiday. Animals are often given interactive toys and treats with which to play. Brookline Community College also offers adult education classes including "behind the scenes" experiences with trainers...and animals. Without exception, each event I've attended at Franklin Park Zoo has been 5 STARS all the way...the staff, the food and the fun. I highly recommend "Brew at the Zoo," feeding Beau the Giraffe and Breakfast with the Zookeeper! THE DEAL: Visit the zoo during the Winter for a private zoo experience. Most in Boston won't brave the cold just to visit the animals. They get a little lonely and more interactive, especially the GORILLAS, which are part of the Rain Forest exhibit...LOCATED INDOORS!
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Vael Victus
7 months ago
Do you wish to see animals in their natural habitat? Look no further than the parking lot. I didn't actually get inside the zoo, but from the state of the place and the parking lot, the denizens of the parking lot, and these reviews, I believe the 1 star will extend to cover the zoo. Witness the fist-shaking angry man pacing back and forth between two potential parking spaces so that his kid's birthday-goers have a place to park. Awe at the tenacity of those who had their window rolled down, braving themselves against the screams and insults of those fighting over parking spaces. Just go to Southwick's. It's cheaper, even.
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Victor Wang
11 months 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.
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Jeff Doughty
a year 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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Lauren Tyler
10 months ago
I had briefly looked at the overall rating on google before bringing my children here. I regularly take my children (2yr, 1yr) to zoos and aquariums while traveling and this has to be the worst zoo we have been to yet. The price was reasonable, and I'm not sure why other reviewers are so pumped that the parking is free. It is a terrible arrangement for parking. Far from the actual zoo, tiny dirt lots, fast traffic to cross and when we returned to our car, another zoo-goer's window had been smashed out. We visited on a sunny, 70* day in April and there were no animals. Understandably, there is variation on which animals are out for health, maintenance, etc, but as we traversed the expansive park, +50% of the exhibits seemed to be closed or empty. The petting zoo was also closed. Our experience at the concessions was less than desirable with a soggy wrap and a lack of shaded seating. The overall layout of the zoo was not the most effective use of the acreage and lead to a lot of walking on a main drag that didn't offer much to look at other than pasture. The indoor exhibit had narrow walkways which made for nearly impassable traffic with buggies and onlookers. The first 4' of the windows were filthy and my son couldn't even see through them! I was shocked. The majority of the children here seemed to be amusing themselves on carousels and jungle gyms or feeding ducks, which I hate to point out, but you can do this for free on almost any corner in Boston. I was incredibly disappointed in our experience here and will not be returning. A world class city deserves a world class zoo and I hope that they make an attempt at fixing this.
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Cyrus Bleakley
a year 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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James Dean
a year 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
a year 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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