Franklin Park

Wander Olmsted’s “jewel” of the Emerald Necklace • Visit the Franklin Park Zoo to see gorillas at play • Climb the “99 Steps” twice! • Watch a Sunday afternoon cricket game • Picnic next to ballfields • Play a round of golf on the second oldest public 18-hole course in the U.S. • Transport yourself while hiking The Wilderness

Treasures abound throughout Olmsted’s “country park” and at 527 acres, it is the largest park in the Emerald Necklace. Named for Benjamin Franklin, the park brings together rural scenery, spectacular rock outcroppings, a woodland preserve, expansive pastoral vistas and an area for active recreation and sports. The park has six miles of roads and fifteen miles of pedestrian and bridle paths. With an annual children’s festival and special events throughout the year, the park is a popular destination for area residents, school children and visitors from across the region.

Recreation facilities include tennis and basketball courts, baseball fields, a cricket pitch, the region’s premier cross-country track and the 18-hole William J. Devine golf course. The Franklin Park Zoo, completed in 1912, is open seven days a week. The park has miles of some of the best walking trails in the city. Scarboro Pond, Ellicott Arch and the Wilderness, a historic forest, are special places to visit. White Stadium hosts Boston public schools Friday night and Saturday football games in the fall, and track and field events in the spring. Schoolmaster Hill offers a spectacular view of the Blue Hills.

MBTA Trains
Orange Line: Stony Brook, Green Street, Forest Hills

MBTA Buses
16, 32, 34, 36, 38, 195 – Circuit Drive and Glen Lane
16, 32, 34, 36, 38, 277 – Circuit Drive / Shattuck Hospital
22, 29, 44 – Columbus Avenue & Walnut Avenue
16, 45 – Franklin Park Loop at Zoo Entrance
42 – Washington Street and Glen Road

What you’ll find in Franklin Park

Seasonal Activities
Winter Activities

Franklin Park Map

Park Features
Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park
Franklin Park Zoo / Zoo New England
William J. Devine Golf Course and Clubhouse
99 Steps / Ellicott Arch
Schoolmaster Hill
White Stadium
Basketball courts
Baseball field
Tennis courts
Cricket pitch
Hiking/walking/biking trails
The Wilderness (historic forest)
Open space for picnics
Dogs on leash allowed
Public Parking

Park Partners
Franklin Park Coalition
Franklin Park Zoo / Zoo New England
William J. Devine Golf Course at Franklin Park
Boston Parks & Recreation Department