Though best-known for the celebrities who retreat here seasonally, the small island of Martha's Vineyard became a hip haven to begin with thanks to its peaceful parks, sandy beaches and lush landscapes.
See Boston's wild side on a visit to the Franklin Park Zoo, where the attractions include flamboyant mandrills, limber gorillas, aloof lions at "Kalahari Kingdom" and pacing tigers in Tiger Tales. Give a nod to graceful giraffes, take the young ones to the Franklin Farm, where family-friendly animals can be touched and chase flitting butterflies in Butterfly Landing when it's open in summer. Educational programs and other zoo-related events run year-round, check the calendar for dates.
Hours + Fees
April-Sept: 10am-5pm, Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat, Sun & major holidays Oct-March: 10am-4pm, daily
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