https://www.zoonewengland.org/visit/ Franklin Park Zoo
1 Franklin Park Rd.
$FREE – $19.95
Date Idea, Kid Friendly
Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, long considered the "crown jewel" of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System. The Zoo was founded in 1912 and was managed by the City of Boston until 1958, when the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), a state agency, assumed management. The MDC managed the Zoos until 1991, when Governor William Weld signed legislation to create the private Commonwealth Zoological Corporation (CZC). In July of 1997 the CZC changed its name to Zoo New England to reflect the regional appeal of the Zoo.
Franklin Park Zoo has the cure for cabin fever during long New England winters, so hold off on hibernating, because we’ve got plenty of amazing animals that don’t!
Which animals am I likely to see?
> Tropical Forest animals (50+ species of exotic animals including western lowland gorillas, ocelots, ring-tailed lemurs, Baird’s tapirs, pigmy hippopotamuses, free-flight birds, and more)
> Wattled crane
> Bird’s World
> Franklin Farm
Are there any animals that might not be on exhibit?
When the temperature begins to drop, we’re often asked “What happens to the animals?” Many of the animals who call Franklin Park Zoo home are incredibly adaptable and can tolerate cold weather. These animals, such as the lions and tigers, can be seen year-round. But others aren’t as able to acclimate to the cold temperatures. When the temperature is too cold for them to enjoy their outdoor exhibit, they stay indoors in their warm, off-exhibit space.
Senior (62+): $17.95
Child (ages 2-12): $13.95
Children under 2: Free