In honor of National Zoo Lover’s Day on April 8th, we are here to remind you of all the amazing zoos located in Massachusetts! Zoos are a popular springtime activity for families with kids of all ages, with many opening this month. Perfect for a warm sunny day, we put together a list of all the best zoos in the area. Check out the links below to plan yourself a day!
Franklin Park Zoo is located right in the heart of Boston. This is one of the most well-known and popular zoos in the state and is home to amazing animals from all around the globe. Not only does it have several different indoor exhibits to explore, but it also has a Butterfly Landing and Aussie Aviary during the summer months.
Stone Zoo is operated by Zoo New England, which is the same company that operates Franklin Park Zoo. Located just a half hour from Boston in Mendon, this Zoo offers several different attractions including the gila monster and the snow leopard. In addition, the Zoo has many shows to choose from the kids will be sure to love.
3. Massachusetts Southwick’s Zoo
Southwick’s Zoo is one of the best and largest zoos in New England. It is home to more than 800 animals, including lions, giraffes, cheetahs, and several exotic species as well. It also has five animal encounter attractions, as well as a Skyfari Sky ride, which is a birds’ eye view of the animals and their day-to-day activities.
Capron Park Zoo is a little smaller than some of the others in the state, which is why it could be great for the younger kids in the family. It is located right near the Rhode Island border in Attleboro. In addition to the many animals included here, it also offers many ZooQuest Adventure Tours that allows you to get up close and personal with several different species.
Fun fact about this one… it is the 12th oldest zoo in the country! This zoo, located in New Bedford, is home to more than 50 species, 250 animals, and 30 exhibits. In addition to exploring and seeing all the animals it has to offer, guests will also learn about protecting wildlife and endangered species. Plus, this one is open year-round!
6. The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center
This Zoo is a non-profit organization located in Forest Park in Springfield. It features exotic, native, and endangered animals found across the globe and here in North America. It also offers several educational programs and special events about wildlife for both kids and adults that guests of all ages will be sure to enjoy and learn from.
Lupa Zoo is located in Ludlow, Massachusetts. This family-friendly zoo is dedicated to conservation, education, and animal encounters for all ages. From monkeys, to otters, to camels, and more, there is excitement for everyone here. Plus, they have a Family Farm that gives kids chance to see domestic animals up close. Providing you with a mix of entertainment and education, this park offers an engaging guest experience.
This last one doubles as a WWI Memorial Park and a Zoo. Located in North Attleboro, this spot has a memorial garden, playgrounds, a ski slope, an open field for sports, picnic areas, and a petting zoo. It is home to ducks, peacocks, deer, donkeys, llamas, sheep, pigs, and more. This is the perfect option for anyone who wants to explore several activities throughout the day. There really is something for everyone here! Plus, it’s open 7 days a week and free admission.