The final bauble in Boston’s Emerald Necklace, Franklin Park sits on 485 acres that include woodlands with walking paths designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, an 18-hole golf course, and a creepy former bear habitat. The high point at Schoolmaster Hill is named in honor of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who lived in a small cottage here prior to the park’s creation. The true jewel, though, is the Franklin Park Zoo
. This place is great for kids, who will go ape over exhibits housing animals from Africa to Australia
; a petting zoo and farm area; a walk-through butterfly house; a carousel; and a 10,000-square-foot playground.