Zoos and Aquariums

  • Zoos and Aquariums

    We ask that ONLY parents submit entries for places that you have personally visited and know are suitable for families with children birth to 4 years. Information such as website, address, phone number, and address are appreciated. This list is maintained by the Network Helpers. All suggestions will be reviewed by the Network Helpers in order to verify that they are family friendly and developmentally appropriate.  If you choose to visit these locations, please note that neither the Network Helpers nor the Milford Family & Community Network are responsible for these locations and do not assume any liablity.

    New England Aquarium
    Central Wharf, Boston MA
    (617) 973-5200
    The interior of the Aquarium houses a 200,000 gallon, four-story ocean tank, which is home to more than 800 sea creatures.  In addition to the fish, there are sea otters, penguins, seals and more.

    Stone Zoo
    149 Pond Street
    Stoneham, MA 02180

    Stone Zoo, formerly known as the Middlesex Fells Zoo, is located on a 26-acre site near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA. Charles Price, Superintendent of the Metropolitan District Commission’s Middlesex Fells Reservation, founded the Zoo in 1905, and in 1969, the site was renamed in honor of Walter D. Stone, a former Zoo Director. Highlights of Stone Zoo’s collection include the snow leopards of Himalayan Highlands, bald eagles of Yukon Creek, hornbills and emperor tamarins of Windows to the Wild, and jaguars and cougars of Treasures of the Sierra Madre.

    Franklin Park Zoo
    One Franklin Park Road
    Boston, MA 02121
    617-541-LION (5466)
    Franklin Park Zoo, founded in 1913, is the 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, long considered the “crown jewel” of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System. Highlights of Franklin Park Zoo’s collection include the African lions of the Kalahari Kingdom, Masai giraffe and Grevy’s zebra of the Giraffe Savannah, and western lowland gorillas of the Tropical Forest.

    Southwick’s Zoo
    2 Southwick Street, Mendon MA
    There are about 500 large and small animals that find a home here.  These include lions, tigers, giraffes, bears and monkeys.  Elephant, camel and pony rides are available for a small fee.  Children love the petting zoo.  There is also a 35-acre deer forest where deer roam freely and love to be fed. (Open May-October)

    Roger Williams Park and Zoo
    Elmwood Avenue, Providence RI
    (401) 785-3510
    This is a well maintained large zoo.  It is home to zebras, monkeys, polar bears, exotic birds, giraffes and much more.  There is a petting zoo with small farm animals.  There is also a carousel for children to ride.

    Capron Park Zoo
    201 County St
    Attleboro, MA 02703
    (508) 222-6202
    A fabulous zoo for toddlers and preschoolers.  Just the right size for little legs to walk around without being overwhelmed.  Capron Park Zoo strives to prove that big things do come in small packages.  Situated in the heart of Attleboro and surrounded by beautiful grounds, Capron Park Zoo has been one of the area’s premiere recreational  facilities for more than 70 years.  Combined with an award-winning playground and exciting educational programs, the Zoo is sure to delight the young and young at heart. Whether it’s watching the Lions wrestle, coming face-to-face with a Snow Monkey, staring at a snake or relaxing in our Rainforest, there is something for everyone to enjoy.