Franklin Park Zoo

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Kids can walk right up to the glass enclosures at Franklin Park Zoo and make faces at young gorillas or peek at stalking lions, and actually pet the sheep and goats at the Contact Corral. Brilliantly colored birds dart through the Tropical Forest over the heads of pygmy hippos and capybaras (and visitors), and butterflies flutter on to outstretched hands at the Butterfly Landing (June-Sept). Some kids will happily ignore the animals altogether, and tackle the zoo-themed playground equipment instead.

Venue name: Franklin Park Zoo
Contact:
Address: 1 Franklin Park Road
Boston

Cross street: at Blue Hill Avenue
Opening hours: Apr-Sept 10am-5pm Mon-Fri; 10am-6pm Sat, Sun. Oct-Mar 10am-4pm daily.
Transport: Orange line to Forest Hills then bus 16 .
Price: Admission $18; $12-$14 reductions; free under-2s.