-The Tropical Forest will close at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30 in preparation for a private event.
-Franklin Park Zoo will close at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31st in preparation for our first annual wine-tasting event, Uncorked.


 plan your visit to FPZ



At Franklin Park Zoo, children and adults alike can experience hundreds of exotic animal species from around the world right in the middle of Boston! Explore the wonders of a tropical rainforest, the Australian outback, or the African savannah in one of these exhibit areas.

Tropical Forest
Giraffe Savannah
Kalahari Kingdom
Serengeti Crossing

Tiger Tales

Franklin Farm
Outback Trail
Aussie Aviary
Bird's World
Butterfly Landing

tropical forestTropical Forest 

Visitors will not want to miss the indoor gorilla exhibit - the most innovative and intimate indoor gorilla exhibit in the world. Learn more about our gorillas.

With thousands of plants and hundreds of animals, the Tropical Forest immerses guests into a tropical rainforest experience. 

This stunning indoor space allows visitors to stand face-to-face with Franklin Park Zoo's eight western lowland gorillas at one of five glass viewing stations. It's a truly unforgettable experience!

The Tropical Forest is also home to species from around the globe including mandrills, ocelots, ring-tailed lemurs, Baird's tapirs, a pygmy hippopotamus and dozens of free-flight birds.

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giraffe savannahGiraffe Savannah

The Giraffe Savannah is home to Franklin Park Zoo's Masai giraffes Beau, Jana and daughter Henrietta. Giraffes are savannah animals and cannot tolerate harsh New England winters.When the temperature is too cold for our giraffes to be outside, the family stays inside their warm barn. 

The Giraffe Savannah is also home to a herd of Grevy's zebra on exhibit daily.

Meet the Giraffe Family! 
Giraffe Encounters are currently closed for the winter season. Please check this website again for future availability.

Don’t miss an opportunity to meet the giraffes up-close!  Space is limited to 15 individuals. Guests may purchase tickets at the Giraffe Encounter gate, located past the Giraffe Savannah and across from Outback Trail. Participants must arrive 15 minutes prior to the encounter time. Each experience will last approximately 30 minutes. 

Please note: There is no advance registration and the encounters may be cancelled at any time due to weather or the animals’ needs.

When:  11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $5.00 per person (first-come, first-served)



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kalahari kingdomKalahari Kingdom

Imagine coming face-to face with an African lion sniffing around the hood of your car.  At Kalahari Kingdom one of several creative overlooks makes this experience possible.

Climb into a "crashed" land rover, peek from across a moat at three separate locations, or exchange glances through glass at a ranger station with this king of the jungle.


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serengeti crossingSerengeti Crossing

Serengeti Crossing is a proven favorite among Zoo guests. 

This four-acre expanse features open grasslands, and rolling wooded hills. Most of the animals housed in this exhibit were moved from older, less naturalistic habitats in 1997.

These animals now interact with other species typically found on the African Savannah. Species you can spot on the Serengeti Crossing are ostrich, Grant's zebras, white-bearded wildebeests and warthogs.

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tigersTiger Tales

Tiger Tales features the Zoo’s tigers, Anala and Luther, and aims to educate guests about the problems that arise when exotic animals fall into the wrong hands as well as information surrounding white tigers (Luther is our white tiger). The opening of this exhibit in June 2006 marked the first time tigers had been exhibited at Franklin Park Zoo in more than 30 years. 

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Franklin Farm

farmExperience life on the farm in the middle of Boston! Franklin Farm features a contact corral, where children can touch and see animals such as goats and sheep, a brooder building, where newly hatched chicks stay warm in incubators, and a chicken coop, where several species of older chickens reside.

The main barn houses ponies, donkeys, goats, and sheep, as well as some special barn "guests" including snakes, spiders, and mice.

Please note, Contact Corral is now closed for the season.

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birds worldBird's World

As one of the original buildings still present from Franklin Park Zoo's 1912 opening, Bird's World has gone through many changes throughout the years. This stunning building is now home to dozens of species of birds from around the globe. Indigenous birds from several regions such as the swamp, scrublands, and wetlands are highlighted here.


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Butterfly Landing

butterfly landingPlease note, Butterfly Landing is now closed for the season.

Watch in amazement as butterflies flutter around you in Butterfly Landing at Franklin Park Zoo. Guests have the opportunity to stroll through this tranquil environment filled with butterflies. This tented, outdoor seasonal exhibit also features several garden beds, a pond and soothing surround-sound music.


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outbackOutback Trail

G'day mate! Welcome to the Outback Trail, a little slice of Australia - the land down under!

In this exhibit, stroll among kangaroos, emus, and sheep. Along the way, check out several different species of cockatoo. Don't miss the native kookaburras, with their distinctly unique calls, or the adorable tree kangaroos.

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aviaryAussie Aviary 
Hours (weather permitting):

-During April school vacation week, April 21 - 27
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

-After April school vacation week
Weekends, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

-Regular hours begin Memorial Day weekend
Weekdays, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Weekends, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Aussie Aviary provides a memorable, interactive experience for Zoo guests, who are invited to stroll through the exhibit space among hundreds of brightly-colored budgies. Budgerigars, affectionately called budgies, are also known as grass parakeets and are a variety of small slender parrots with long, tapering tails. As part of the experience, guests have the opportunity to purchase seed sticks and feed the birds as they walk through the free-flight exhibit, located in the Outback Trail. You may be lucky enough to have the birds land right on the seed stick!   


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Photo credit for banner gorilla: Trinette Goeke