*Thank you to Zoo New England for Sponsoring our Visit; All opinions are 100% my own*

Growing up in Massachusetts, I have many memories of running through the Franklin Park Zoo excited about all the beautiful animals.
Now that I have kids of my own I love spending summer afternoons exploring the zoo through their eyes.

The Franklin Park Zoo is a smaller zoo compared to some others we’ve been too.  However I love that!  I  enjoy the quiet afternoons here,  the kids have plenty of room to run, the crowds have never been bad during our visits, and there is plenty of places for the kids to stop and play while walking through the zoo.
One of the first animal exhibits when you arrive at the zoo is the zebras.  This was a great exhibit, I was shocked at how close they came to the fence to graze on the bushes.

Across from the Zebra exhibit, the zoo has a large “Franklin Farm” area.  This was filled with farm animals such as horses, pigs, goats, and a small petting zoo.  This area also had a great little play area with a climb on tractor and tunnel slides.

A new attraction at the zoo is the XD Theater, a 6d motion ride.  There is an additional cost of $5 per a person for the 4 minute ride. 

Right outside the theater tent is another fun climbing structure.  I really like how they have unique places to climb and run through out the zoo.  My kids can get tired or walking from exhibit to exhibit, and need to have breaks and let loose.  These play areas allow the kids to stretch and regroup before going back to animal exploring.
We got to see a bunch of fun animals including, lions, camels, Gorillas, monkeys. Madagascar’s, giraffes, and more!
The Gorillas were the best, by far!  They had such great personalities and Aidan wanted to stand by their habitat for hours!

We also got to see a bunch of baby Cotton-Top Tamarin Monkeys!  These babies were beyond cute, so adorable!

The bird exhibit was very unique.  The netted tent was filled with Budgerigar birds and for $2 you can purchase a feeding stick and have the birds come up next to you and nibble on the food.

Another fun exhibit was the giraffe habitat.  Have you ever wondered what its like looking around when your as tall as a giraffe?  Well at the Franklin Park Zoo they have a tall climbing structure located next to the giraffe field, making it easy for kids to see how tall these beautiful animals really are!

Now obviously people plan a day at the zoo to learn about animals, but to be completely honest, I would visit and spend an entire day at there huge playground area!  This playground is built on a rubberized ground so I didn’t need to stress about the kids falling,  It had a fence surrounding the entire playground, and there were structures compatible for all ages and sizes!
All three of my kids were entertained and had a blast for hours, I finally had to convince them we should leave to get ice cream. (Yes! I totally bribed them, I was hungry!)

Before heading home for ice cream, we stopped at a few more attractions.  The Black-Tailed Prairie Dog’s were fun because we were very close to them and could see them climbing in and out of all their holes.

Lilly loved Butterfly Landing, she has been obsessed with butterflies lately so being in a big enclosed room full of different colored butterflies, made her ecstatic!

And of course we couldn’t leave without taking a ride on the carousel!  This carousel has been here for as long as I can remember and Lilly and I really love carousels. 
Carousel rides are $2 a person or you can buy a combo pass and ride the zoo’s train ride and jeep safari ride for $5 a person.

After we left, all three kids fell asleep before we hit the highway. This is the perfect proof of a fun family day!

The Details:
Franklin Park Zoo
One Franklin Park Road
Boston, Ma 02121
Adults: $17.95
Children (2-12): $11.95
Seniors: $14.95
Children under 2 are Free
There are numerous discounts available though, one of the best ones is the Library Pass Program.  Click here for a list of Special Offers.
Monday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm
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*Thank you to Zoo New England for Sponsoring our Visit; All opinions are 100% my own*


34 Comments on Things to do in Boston with Kids ~ Exploring Franklin Park Zoo

  1. Debra Rutt
    September 8, 2014 at 9:11 pm (4 years ago)

    What a fun zoo! My kids always love visiting the animals. I love it when you can get up close with them. My favorite animal to see at the zoo are the giraffes!

  2. Masshole Mommy
    September 8, 2014 at 9:48 pm (4 years ago)

    I have actually never been to this zoo, which is crazy because it's only about 30 minutes from me. Sounds like I need to get up there!

  3. debdenny
    September 8, 2014 at 11:07 pm (4 years ago)

    Zoos are so fascinating. Love the looks of this one.

  4. Shell
    September 9, 2014 at 12:05 am (4 years ago)

    What a fun zoo! My boys want to go back to the zoo.

  5. Chrystal Mahan
    September 9, 2014 at 12:34 am (4 years ago)

    Zoos can be great under the right circumstances. I have a few that I refuse to visit because of the terrible state of their habitats and animals. I am just not one for animals in captivity or trained for things like circuses.

  6. Pam
    September 9, 2014 at 12:49 am (4 years ago)

    That looks like such a fun zoo. I love the birds that you can feed!

  7. Carly
    September 9, 2014 at 12:55 am (4 years ago)

    This looks like such a great zoo! Zoos are so great for family bonding!

  8. jaime
    September 9, 2014 at 1:27 am (4 years ago)

    I thought I was going to love your zebra photos the best, but nope. The gorillas! I love them!

  9. Dawn
    September 9, 2014 at 1:47 am (4 years ago)

    It looks like you guys had a really great time. This zoo looks awesome.

  10. Ben @ Cheap is the new Classy
    September 9, 2014 at 1:47 am (4 years ago)

    I love zoos, and this looks like a great one. It looks like the kids had a blast.

  11. Marina
    September 9, 2014 at 1:50 am (4 years ago)

    I'd love to take the kids to this zoo. It looks like your kids had a blast!

  12. Felicia Carter
    September 9, 2014 at 2:29 am (4 years ago)

    What a fun zoo. The playground looks awesome.

  13. Candy
    September 9, 2014 at 4:42 am (4 years ago)

    Looks like you all had a wonderful time!! Beautiful pictures of the fun filled day!

  14. Camesha
    September 9, 2014 at 4:47 am (4 years ago)

    That climbing structure looks really fun. You got some great photos of the animals.

  15. Nicole
    September 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm (4 years ago)

    I love going to the zoo and always have. We have been to larger zoos but have a small one here locally, too. It's a great way to spend time outside and always a great place to host birthday parties! Have you ever been to a zoo birthday party? It's fun!

  16. mail4rosey
    September 9, 2014 at 1:36 pm (4 years ago)

    It sounds like there's a lot going on even though it's not a bigger zoo. I bet it is a really fun day to go. You got some really great pictures.

  17. BrettBMartin
    September 9, 2014 at 1:57 pm (4 years ago)

    We've had the best times as a family at smaller zoos. I think they are easier to "get" through with littler kids and a lot more hands-on interaction from staff.

  18. Jeanine
    September 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Wow what great photos! This zoo looks like it has tons of stuff to do, and looks like a lot of fun!

  19. Janel (A Mom's Take)
    September 9, 2014 at 3:10 pm (4 years ago)

    Your photos are great. Looks like so much fun!

  20. Melinda
    September 9, 2014 at 3:36 pm (4 years ago)

    Looks like you guys had a great day! Your family is so cute

  21. Christie C
    September 9, 2014 at 5:32 pm (4 years ago)

    I've always wanted to go there! We will need to take the kids soon!

  22. Krystal Butherus
    September 9, 2014 at 8:06 pm (4 years ago)

    I would love to see a zebra that close! How fun.

  23. Ann B
    September 9, 2014 at 8:12 pm (4 years ago)

    When the kids were younger we loved going to the zoo. Spring time was great all the little baby animals were always so cute.

  24. Casa Vilora Interiors
    September 9, 2014 at 8:35 pm (4 years ago)

    Going to the zoo is so much fun! It has been so long since I took my kids. They are older now so they aren't that into the idea

  25. Lori Gunn
    September 9, 2014 at 8:41 pm (4 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing the trip to the Franklin Park Zoo. I enjoy visiting the zoos wherever I travel.

  26. Savory Experiments
    September 9, 2014 at 9:23 pm (4 years ago)

    I love going to the zoo, but I haven't been there in ages. I like that your zoo has more than just exhibits, hands on activities and jungle gyms make it even more fun!

  27. Liz Mays
    September 9, 2014 at 9:59 pm (4 years ago)

    It's perfect to have a playground to get the wiggles out! That climbing structure is pretty awesome. I also love the monkey area.

  28. Lisa Collins
    September 9, 2014 at 10:05 pm (4 years ago)

    We always buy a membership to our local zoo. We more than get our money worth!

  29. Kathy
    September 10, 2014 at 12:00 am (4 years ago)

    This zoo looks amazing. The playground looks like fun. I love that closeup of the gorilla!

  30. The Mommy-Files
    September 10, 2014 at 1:46 am (4 years ago)

    I love all the pictures! Sounds like you had a great time!

  31. Elizabeth
    September 10, 2014 at 1:34 pm (4 years ago)

    I love zoos- what a fun trip!

  32. Melissa Coleman
    September 11, 2014 at 2:38 pm (4 years ago)

    It looks like your kids had tons of fun. My daughter always enjoys the 3D things.

  33. Erica Brooks
    September 16, 2014 at 2:49 pm (4 years ago)

    Looks like your family had a lot of fun. I've pinned this for later. We love to visit a Zoo in every state we visit.