Founded in 1911, Franklin Park is clearly an "older" zoo, but under the Zoo New England umbrella it is clearly being revamped and modernized. Nice for the visitors, much nicer still for the animals who call the zoo their home. All the animal kingdoms are here, plus quite a few playground-type areas.
The children's area is particularly nice with a working farm/barn setting and "contact corral". We took some great family photos perched atop a great big tractor in front of the barn. More great photo ops were a huge wooden crocodile sculpture (perfect for "riding") along the Australian Outback trail and a "crashed" safari truck whose windshield provides a gate into the world of the lions in Kalahari Kingdom.
Cortlandt Manor, New York
June 27, 2003
From journal Boston with kids