1. If you enjoy the forum please consider supporting it by signing up for a NES Membership  The benefits pay for the membership many times over.

  2. NES Life memberships are now available, click here for details.

    Dismiss Notice
  3. Dismiss Notice

Franklin Park Zoo, worth the admission?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by chuckster, Jul 10, 2018.

  1. chuckster

    chuckster NES Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2006
    Messages:
    2,028
    Likes Received:
    275
    Location:
    marlborough ma
    Wife wants to take our Granddaughter to the Franklin Park Zoo. Is it worth the price of admission or is it a craphole??
     

  2. Frizzle Fry

    Frizzle Fry NES Member

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2011
    Messages:
    2,389
    Likes Received:
    1,047
    Location:
    Metro West
    Very nice but Southwick is safer/cheaper/cool too.
     
  3. SKumar

    SKumar NES Member

    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2017
    Messages:
    1,543
    Likes Received:
    715
    Location:
    Middlesex
    Southwick is better, but its further away. Franklin is good. Go on a clear sunny day and bring a good zoom camera.
     
    Tinkermatic and Frizzle Fry like this.
  4. SERE

    SERE NES Member

    Joined:
    Oct 30, 2010
    Messages:
    3,270
    Likes Received:
    971
    Location:
    North of Boston
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2018
  5. new guy

    new guy NES Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    Messages:
    16,550
    Likes Received:
    5,093
    The zoo itself is not a crap hole. It is very hot in the summer though, which makes the animals slow down. I also feel like I’m sweating my ass off every time I go. My vote is to go on a cooler day. And not a weekend.
     
  6. LuvDog

    LuvDog NES Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2012
    Messages:
    3,502
    Likes Received:
    698
    Location:
    Metrowest
    Echo the others that southwick is better
     
    Frizzle Fry likes this.
  7. sharona

    sharona

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2011
    Messages:
    890
    Likes Received:
    75
    Location:
    ma.
    My opinion nothing in Boston is worth the admission
     
    Palladin likes this.
  8. new guy

    new guy NES Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    Messages:
    16,550
    Likes Received:
    5,093
    May as well throw Roger Williams into the mix too, unless you’re north.
     
    Drix and commodon like this.
  9. RHJJ

    RHJJ NES Member

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2007
    Messages:
    14,639
    Likes Received:
    2,024
    Location:
    South Coast
    Never been to the zoo, but the area around it is a shit hole that I wouldn't bring my family near.
     
  10. Sparkey

    Sparkey NES Member

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2009
    Messages:
    1,545
    Likes Received:
    242
    Location:
    Warren mass
    I vote for southwick or Roger willams
    Go first thing in am on a cooler day if possible. We always bring a picnic lunch.
     
  11. kurtb

    kurtb NES Member

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2008
    Messages:
    4,128
    Likes Received:
    818
    Location:
    MA
    I live near Southwick - dont forget to check out the red bat. Its pretty cool and one of a kind.
     
    johnnymac101 and Sauer Grapes like this.
  12. lowbuckbob

    lowbuckbob NES Member

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2008
    Messages:
    2,394
    Likes Received:
    577
    Location:
    Within my Curtilage
    Franklin Park Zoo is pretty decent but the real zoo is on the other side of the walls...
     
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2018
  13. Palladin

    Palladin NES Member

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2007
    Messages:
    21,989
    Likes Received:
    3,332
    Location:
    Merrimack Valley
    ah, the memories...

    WEEI radio has suspended talk show host John Dennis for two days without pay for making a racially charged comment, as several city councilors and minority leaders urged he be taken off the air permanently.
    In a segment discussing news during Monday's "Dennis & Callahan Show," Dennis said that Little Joe, the gorilla that escaped from Franklin Park Zoo, was "probably a Metco gorilla waiting for a bus to take him to Lexington." Metco, the Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity, is a voluntary desegregation program that enrolls Boston students in suburban schools. The program provides transportation to some schools.
     
  14. NickLeduc

    NickLeduc NES Member

    Joined:
    May 12, 2013
    Messages:
    884
    Likes Received:
    427
    Location:
    Auburn, MA
    Check your local library. They often have free tickets to places like the zoo. We just went to Southwick for free from our library.
     
  15. quincy

    quincy NES Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2011
    Messages:
    1,783
    Likes Received:
    221
    Location:
    Quincy MA
    Not to mention the block party bbq’s on weekends in the main parking lot brought to you by the local FSA. Parking is very bad.
     
  16. Inside Out

    Inside Out NES Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2010
    Messages:
    336
    Likes Received:
    113
    Roger Williams is a solid zoo. Lots of big animals (elephants, giraffes), a sort-of water park for little kids and cool playground, big enough but not too big, free ample parking.

    And yes, I just wrote a review of a zoo at 12:24 a.m.
     
    Drix and new guy like this.
  17. FormerlyIndifferent

    FormerlyIndifferent NES Member

    Joined:
    Dec 29, 2013
    Messages:
    2,388
    Likes Received:
    492
    Location:
    Anywhere in 1985 or so, would be fine
    We've been to Franklin Park and whatever the price was, it was "worth" it.....there were plenty of animals, interesting exhibits, stuff for the kids to do, etc.

    As far as the "dangerous" neighborhood it's in......you're not walking the neighborhood(s) at night; you're driving there in the day. We've never had any reservations about the zoo's location. We just throw the kids in the car and go, when we feel like it. (Besides, I thought NESers all "carried" and would shoot muggers/bad guys/terrorists if needed? What's the big deal? /sarc)

    When we were kids ourselves, we went to the Stoneham Zoo, because it was closer. In the 1970s and 80s, the place was awesome. Lots of large animals, elephants, giraffes, etc., lions, a polar bear, deer, penguins, and a walk-through aviary with all kind of cool birds in there. There was an outside pond with ducks, geese, ostrich, peacock, etc. The Stoneham zoo also had sea lions, zebras, and a large central building with several species of monkees. At night, if the wind was right, you could hear the lions' roars from miles away. I particularly remember this on stormy nights.

    In the early 1990s, the Stoneham Zoo shut down for budgetary reasons and all the cool animals disappeared. When it reopened, it was never the same. They pretty much had dogs, chickens, a few birds, a llama, and a couple other animals........and you'd walk through there with your heart broken over the place you knew it once was. The wonderful aviary was razed; so well did they erase all traces of it, that you can go to right where it was located (on a hillside) and if you didn't know what was once there, you'd never know. There's no trace of it. Even the young staff there don't know.....ask them about the aviary (we called it the "bird house"), and today, some staff there don't even know there once WAS an aviary there. You get the "Huh? Wha?" look from them. For a long time, it was painful to go there.....the place was telling you that it was still "the zoo", but deep down you knew it was not. It sucked. The giraffe house even got turned into a gift shop!

    In recent years they've made some improvements, and it's better than it was in the 1990s, but it has never again been what it was in the 1970s and 80s. They just redid the front entrance and I hear that a new aviary is being built. I have not been there yet to see these changes.

    But to answer your question......Franklin Park is fine. We've been many times.
     
  18. Oldarmy

    Oldarmy

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2008
    Messages:
    4,067
    Likes Received:
    1,308
    Location:
    Live Free Or Die
    The wife and I used to go to Franklin Park years ago and it was pretty good. What was really cool was the huge antique outdoor bird aviary.
     
  19. chuckster

    chuckster NES Member

    Joined:
    May 29, 2006
    Messages:
    2,028
    Likes Received:
    275
    Location:
    marlborough ma
    Thanks everyone!
     
  20. Lip

    Lip Army Veteran NES Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2010
    Messages:
    5,927
    Likes Received:
    1,088
    Location:
    Free, free at last. Hudson New Hampster.
    I ran a group of kids from my daughter's school there. Not a great zoo but good. Totally safe. Now I'd rather not take them there at 9pm.
     
  21. new guy

    new guy NES Member

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2009
    Messages:
    16,550
    Likes Received:
    5,093
    Buttonwood Zoo isn’t terrible either, especially if the kids are on the younger side.
     

Share This Page