Franklin Park Zoo

(617) 989-2692 | View Website

1 Franklin Park Rd, Dorchester, MA | Directions   02121

42.302671 -71.086642

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Neighborhoods: Roxbury, Franklin Field North

Franklin Park Zoo

Reviews for Franklin Park Zoo

over a year ago

franklin and stoneham zoos – ive been going to these 2 local zoos since i was a child and love both zoos...................i dont mind paying more money to support these wonderful zoos as i would hate to lose them ....................and the animals are wonderful to view................please support these 2 great zoos so they can keep these zoos open for future generations to enjoy..............................anyone writing a bad review should be totally ignored..........these 2 wonderful zoos deserve alot of praise as they fight to stay open..................visit them often and support them............they need our support for sure..................also anywhere we go now we have to use our common not leave any valuables in vehicles period and roll up windows and lock your vehicles at all times.............leave valuables in a safe at home where they belong!!!!!!!!!! you have no one to blame for your total lack of common sense..................keep safe and dont invite criminals to our neighborhoods!!!!!!!!!!!!! call the police when you see something out of the ordinary to keep our neighborhoods safe and the crooks away!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

waste of time – My recent trip to the zoo was so dissappointing that I thought I should write in and let people know not to waste their time. The animals, when you can see them (most are hiding) look lethargic and sick, more pitiful than anything. The lion looked borderline dead. The two indoor exhibits smelled so bad of urine that I had to turn around and exit immediately. The admission is fairly priced, but I'd rather pay more and have better conditions and more animals. I may check out stone zoo, and hopefully have a better experience.

Doesn't Recommend
over a year ago

Car Breakin in the zoo parking lot ---POOR SECURITY----- – The zoo itself is less than impressive. The animals look sad and pathetic.

The zoo advertises free parking, but what they fail to tell you is, the fact that the neighborhood has the highest crime rate in Boston (google for crimes Dorchester).

I was visiting the zoo on 09/07 with my 2 year old son and on the way back noticed that the passenger side window on my car has been smashed and goods worth $1000 taken. It was a bright sunny day today and the car which was parked in the zoo parking lot, appeared to have been broken into between 11:30am and 1:30pm.

On inquiring with Mattapan police I was told that the neighborhood has one of the highest crime rate in the city. I was also told that typically around 40 breakins happen on weekends and holidays such as today.

And yet there is no warning signs or adequate security in the parking lot to protect innocent tourists men, women and kids who visit the zoo.

-----Questions and comments for zoo authorities----------------------

1. Are the guys managing the zoo aware of this problem ?

2. What measures are you taking to prevent such issues from happening ?

3. Zoo website mentions about free parking. If you are located in a high crime neighborhood, is'nt it fair to let tourists know (by putting signs etc).

4. If that cannot be done, how about a paid parking scheme where revenue generated could be used to pay for security guards who patrol the area ?

I am disgusted by the lack of concern for security by this organization. If you cannot provide adequate security, at least warn the public so that they can take measures to be safe.

over a year ago

Lions, giraffes and butterflies, oh my, live together in this 72-acre Boston zoo. – In Short
Looking for wildlife in the city? Head to Franklin Park, an urban jungle that's home to over 220 species. Founded in 1911, the historic zoo features exhibits like the child-friendly, interactive Franklin Farms, with sheep, goats, cows and horses. Giraffe Savannah, home to two young Masai giraffes, is another can't-miss attraction. Kids love the seasonal Butterfly Landing, a tented outdoor exhibit with nearly 1,000 butterflies, hatched from chrysalides on site, in free flight.

over a year ago

Fun! – Although this park is not in the best of areas in Boston, it is still a great place to visit. It is very large so bring good shoes. It has a cute baby gorilla who definitely worth the ride in. It has lions, giraffas, kangaroos, emus, hippos, jaguars, many birds,'s a really fun/educational outing.


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