Visiting the Northeast?
Want a fun way to spend an afternoon?
Well, there’s an easy way to combine all that, visit a zoo!
There are plenty of zoos to explore in the Northeast. With a ton of popular cities squeezed into a relatively small area, it’s the perfect place to add a couple of must-see zoos to your list.
In this post, we’re going to cover some of our favorite zoos that you can visit on your next trip to this part of the country.
The Bronx Zoo is one of the largest in the entire country, which is even more impressive considering it’s home in one of New York City’s busiest boroughs. Located on the same grounds as the New York Botanical Gardens, the Bronx Zoo has a lot going on. You can easily spend a full day at the zoo checking out the experiences, rides, and exhibits — and that’s before you encounter any of the animals!
Roger Williams Park Zoo
Tucked away in little Rhode Island, you’ll find a really popular zoo. The Roger Williams Park Zoo is one of the top attractions in the city of Providence. Wander around this zoo and you’ll find a bunch of interactive attractions the kids will love including the Wetlands Trail and Our Big Backyard exhibits. On the grounds of the zoo, you’ll also find a quaint carousel village to explore too!
While the Philadelphia Zoo isn’t quite as big as many of its Northeast counterparts, it does have one special feature, it has a big focus on endangered species. With over a dozen endangered species calling Philadelphia home, you can be sure you’re going to encounter some really unique animals during your visit. The zoo also has a cool feature called Zoo360, where the can animals wander on protected trails giving you a view you won’t see anywhere else.
Franklin Park Zoo
While Boston might be best known for the New England Aquarium, the Franklin Park Zoo is a must see attraction too. The Franklin Park Zoo encourages visitors to spend time there year round. So, they have special winter exhibits for when Boston is hit with snow. And, the zoo has all sorts of special year round events including a Lunar New Year Celebration, Zoolights, and the Black Bear Birthday Party.
Cape May County Zoo
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New Jersey is one state with a bunch of zoos, but the favorite of both visitors and locals has to be the Cape May County Zoo. It’s free to visit and open year round, so if you’re in the area, you have no excuse not to go! There are over 500 animals to see here, but the special tours and animal encounters are what makes it really special. You can get up close and personal with otters, giraffes, and even alligators.
York’s Wild Kingdom
There’s a lot more to Maine than just beaches and York’s Wild Kingdom is a perfect example of just that. What brings people to this zoo from all over New England is the fact that it’s not just a zoo, it’s a full amusement park too. Another big benefit to this park is it’s just about as kid friendly as you can get. Many of the rides in the amusement park are pint sized for kids and there’s a butterfly garden to check out too.
Regardless of where you are spending time in the Northeast, these zoos are a the perfect destinations to spend a few hours having fun.
You just read about the best zoos to check out in the Northeast. If you’re up for more animal adventures, take a look at the best Northeast aquariums next: Best Aquariums to Visit in the Northeast.