Franklin Park Zoo US Map & Phone & Address

Blue Hill Ave. & Columbia Rd Dorchester; (617) 442-2002 Once a poor man’s zoo fallen into neglect, Franklin Park had a ton of money poured into it few years back, making it a zoo worth visiting. In addition to its renowned aviary, where hundreds of rare birds flit all around you, the zoo has a brand-new walkthrough habitat, the African Tropical Forest. It looks like a spaceship from the outside, but once you go in you’ll see all kinds of gorillas, hippos, monkeys and snakes all living in full-size replicas of their natural habitats. Further down is that old favorite, the petting zoo, where kids can feed large animals. All of these are included with admission, which is $5.50, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for kids four to twelve; and free under age four. Everyone is admitted free on Tuesdays, between 9 A.M. to 10 a.m. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 P.M. weekends and holidays 10 a.m. to 5 P.M.

The Charles River Canoe and Kayak Center Need a country getaway without leaving the city? Rent a canoe and while away an hour or two paddling iong the Newton stretch of the Charles River. Inexpensive and easy.

The Franklin Park Zoo

Kids will love the African Tropical Forest habitat.

Parents who bring their troops in during the first hour on Tuesdays will love the free admission.

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