A Day at the Zoo

I think the saying is “a walk in the park” but for me and my friend and her family it was a “day at the zoo”. Nancy has been working 3 jobs all summer so squeezing in our annual summer jaunt was turning into a challenge. We were down to the wire when a Tuesday opened up in all our schedules at the same time! YAY!  I picked up Nancy and her two children, Alex and Dawn, and we made a bee line to the Franklin park Zoo.

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I love zoos and it had been a couple of years since I’d been to this one. Nancy said the kids hadn’t ever been to this one. Located in the Dorchester section of Boston, Franklin Park Zoo is truly an urban zoo. You can even get to it by subway.

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A  really unusual feature is FREE PARKING! In Boston that’s more rare than the animals on exhibit!

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We had a beautiful day for our visit. The weather was sunny and warm but there was a breeze.

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There was a new playground since my last visit and we spent a good deal of time there.

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We spent the whole day! The Zoo was closing up shop as we made our way out the front gates.

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We’d covered everything from the petting zoo to the Bird World.

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We saw the gorillas and the tigers and lions.

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My favorite is the Budgie Aviary and I think the kids liked that too. They didn’t want to leave.

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We also enjoyed the Butterfly enclosure.

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Alex was reluctant at first but pretty soon the turtles had his attention.

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The giraffe was a treat as it was right at the fence stretching it’s long neck to eat right over the heads of the crowd.

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I had to stop by the prairie dog enclosure. The sentry even smiled for the camera.

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Leaving the ostrich behind we made our way to the car after a great day!

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0 Responses to A Day at the Zoo

  1. Loved that prairie dog. What a look on his face! The kiddos are growing up, the little one looked excited to have the bird on her twig.

    • Dusty Roads says:

      I think of “Scout” every time I see the prairie dogs. Maybe I should bring him back for a guest post LOL. The little one is Dawn and she loves animals and even bugs. She’s on track to be a vet or an animal scientist or something like that. Both of them were really good this trip. I can tell they are getting older. Makes it easier in some ways but kind of sad in others. 🙂

  2. Sandra says:

    Wish you had said what kind of birds were at the zoo.

    • Dusty Roads says:

      I wish I knew. One of them was a wattled crane. Of course the ostrich but I didn’t see the names for the others and I was chasing after the kids at that point so I didn’t have time to look. Of course you know the Budgies…we call them parakeets. Sorry 🙂

  3. Nancy says:

    As always, the Zoo is a fun summer adventure for this family. Can’t thank Aunt Debbie enough for enduring all that walking and making the trip on a hot summer day. There is always something new to see and learn when we go out on these trips. Good thing there was a great playground, that helped get some of their energy out which helped them settle a bit when we were waling.The kids have not stopped talking about the budgies, butterflies (Dawn mostly) and Alex is still talking about the gorilla family. They want more pictures of yours since many of theirs came out fuzzy or “too far away”. We cannot than you enough.

    • Dusty Roads says:

      I didn’t take that many pictures. I didn’t get any of the gorillas because they were just laying around when Dawn and I went through but they are welcome to what I have. It was an enjoyable day.