Zoo sights in Boston
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Tucked into Franklin Park, the zoo features a half-dozen different habitats, as well as special exhibits devoted to birds and butterflies. The zoo's highlight is the well-designed Tropical Forest pavilion, complete with lush vegetation, waterfalls, lowland gorillas and over 30 species of free flight birds. The Australian Outback Trail allows visitors to walk among red kangaroos and wallabies.
Several exhibits are devoted to life on the savannah, showcasing an African lion, as well as giraffes, zebras and wildebeests. The Franklin Farms lets kids get up close and personal with sheep and goats. Take bus 16 from Forest Hills station.
The 70-acre Franklin Park is surrounded by one of the city’s sketchier neighborhoods, but the zoo itself is safe. Don’t miss the magical Butterfly Landing, where you can stroll among blooming perennials, gushing waterfalls and 1000 fluttering butterflies in free flight. Take the Orange Line to Forest Hills, then ride bus 16 to the Franklin Park Zoo.