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Franklin Park

Franklin Park

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
  • Spring/Summer/FallBirding, Biking, Running, Golf, Tennis, Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Kite Flying, Picnics, Franklin Park Zoo
  • Winter ActivitiesBirding, Sledding, Cross Country Skiing, Snow Shoeing, Golf, Tennis, Franklin Park Zoo, Winter Walks, Biking, Running
  • Park Features
  • Restrooms
  • 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
  • Playgrounds
  • Hiking/walking/biking trails
  • The Wilderness (historic forest)
  • Open space for picnics
  • Dogs on leash allowed
  • Public Parking
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