plan your visit to FPZWinter Visits to the Zoo

The Zoo is open year-round except for Thanksgiving Day and December 25. Our winter hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily, with last entry at 3:30 p.m.
In cases of inclement weather, the Zoo may be closed. To check if we are open on the day of your visit, please call 617-541-LION (5466).

Are there any animals that might not be on exhibit?

When the temperature begins to drop, we are often asked “What happens to the animals?” Many of the animals who call Franklin Park Zoo home are incredibly adaptable and can tolerate cold weather. These animals, such as the lion and tigers, can be seen year-round. But, others are not as able to acclimate to the cold temperatures. When the temperature is too cold for them to enjoy their outdoor exhibit, they stay indoors in their warm, off-exhibit space.

Giraffe Savannah/Serengeti Crossing

Giraffes are savannah animals and cannot tolerate the harsh New England winters. When the temperature is too cold for our giraffes to be outside, they stay inside their heated barn. Warthogs are also inside keeping warm during the winter. Unlike our giraffes and warthogs, the Grevy's and Grant's zebras, wildebeests and ostrich can be seen on exhibit year-round as long as it is not icy.

Butterfly Landing
This exhibit is open mid-June through mid-September. Many of the butterflies in Butterfly Landing hail from the Tropics and would not survive the New England winter. Native but
terflies either migrate, over winter as eggs or over-winter under the bark of trees.

Outback Trail
The kangaroos are not allowed outside if it is below 40 degrees because they are subject to frostbite, especially on the ears. Occasionally, they are let out in mid-winter if there is a stretch of mild weather.

Aussie Aviary
Aussie Aviary closes for the season at the end of September and reopens in the spring. On warmer days, it is still possible to see the birds in this exhibit space, although guests are not permitted to walk through.

Many other animals may be outdoors and on exhibit depending on the weather conditions, particularly on milder winter days when the temperature is above freezing. 


Which animals am I likely to see?

More often than not, you’ll be able to see the lion, tigers, wattled cranes, flamingos, wild dogs, tree kangaroos, Amur leopards, red pandas, the animals inside the Tropical Forest, Bird’s World, Franklin Farm and Little Critters, as well as others.

Where can I go to warm up while visiting the Zoo, and are there any hot food concessions?

Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest is a great place to escape the cold! The Tropical Forest is kept at a balmy 72 degrees and is home to some of our most beloved animals. You can visit our gorillas every day in the state-of-the-art indoor gorilla exhibit. Stand face-to-face with the gorillas at one of five glass viewing stations for a truly unforgettable experience! The Tropical Forest is also home to many other fascinating species including free-flight birds, ring-tailed lemurs, tapirs, a pygmy hippo as well as other incredible animals from around the world.

Other indoor exhibits include Little Critters in Children’s Zoo and Bird’s World. Little Critters features reptiles and amphibians such as boas, tortoises, dart frogs and even sugar gliders, an Australian mammal. Bird’s World is the oldest building at Franklin Park Zoo and is home to birds from around the world including tawny frogmouths.

Concessions are available at the Giddy-Up Grill, located next to the Children’s Zoo. The Giddy-Up has plenty of indoor seating and serves a fine selection of wraps, sandwiches, salads and pizza as well as many other kid-friendly options. You can also check out the Things Wild gift shop near the Outback Trail.
Both the gift shop and Giddy-Up Grill are open from 10 a.m – 3 p.m during the winter.

Are there any special events planned for the winter months?

Yes! Check our special events page for details!

There are also education programs offered throughout the winter and all year long.