Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, Massachusetts is a 300 acre facility that exhibits creature and critters from all over the globe. Their animal collection includes North American elk, forest deer, a variety of birds, big cats, primates, camels and giraffes. Through their Earth Discovery Center they run various conservation programs for many different endangered animals. It is here that children can also learn about how to take proper care of the animals and the environment that surround us.
Things to Do
- Kids will love the mix of shows and rides they can enjoy at Southwick's Zoo. The rides for the smallest ones include a carousel, a frog hopper and a rambunctious rodeo ride.
- The skyfari sky ride places you in a two person seat that rides around above the zoo allowing you to look down and watch the animals from a unique position above their heads.
- The Woodland Express is a train ride that goes at a relaxing pace around the North American and wetlands exhibits.
- If your kids prefer a ride that's a bit livelier then you can pay for them to get on the back of a camel or a pony!
- For any budding zookeepers a shot at the Junior Zookeeping course is a must. On this program children between six and twelve will learn about how to properly take care of animals. They can meet a rhino or a giraffe and find out more about primates, birds, carnivores and herbivores.
Southwick's Zoo Insider Tips
- Kiddos aged two and under are granted free admission.
- Print off the Zoo map to help you find your way around.