Sturbridge and The Pioneer Valley Sights

Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center

  • 302 Sumner Ave. Map It
  • Springfield
  • Park/Playground

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

At this leafy, 735-acre retreat, hiking paths wind through the trees, paddleboats navigate Porter Lake, and hungry ducks float on a small pond. The zoo, where Theodore Geisel—better known as Dr. Seuss—found inspiration for his children's books, is home to nearly 200 animals, from black bears and bobcats to lemurs and wallabies. It's manageable in size, and spotting animals in the exhibits is fairly easy, which makes this an especially good stop for families with small children. Another plus: you can purchase small bags of food from the gift shop and feed many of the animals. Leave time to explore the park after you finish the zoo.

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302 Sumner Ave., Springfield, Massachusetts, 01108, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $8.50
  • Weekdays 10–4, Weekends 10–5

Published 07/22/2015


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