Please note: Volunteers, Zoo employees and local emergency responders will take part in a routine animal escape drill on Wednesday, April 26 at Franklin Park Zoo, and Thursday, April 27 at Stone Zoo. These routine drills are an important part of our preparedness training. While the drill is occurring, guests will be able to participate in the evacuation portion, and may be asked to move to certain areas within the Zoo for a brief period of time (not to exceed 10 minutes). We are very dedicated to safety and we appreciate your participation. If you have any questions about what to expect, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617-989-2000 or


Spend a WILD April school vacation week at Franklin Park Zoo!

Franklin Park Zoo

April 17 - 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Looking to get outside and explore during April school vacation week? Connect with incredible wildlife and spend a memorable day with family and friends exploring Franklin Park Zoo. Throughout the week, there will be zookeeper chats, a scavenger hunt, and more!

Zookeeper chats

  • 11:00 a.m.: Bird's World
  • 1:00 p.m.: Bongo and red river hog exhibit, Kalahari Kingdom
  • 1:30 p.m.: Kangaroo and emu exhibit, Outback Trail
  • 2:00 p.m.: Gorilla exhibit, Tropical Forest
  • 3:00 p.m.: Franklin Farm, Children's Zoo

Leapin’ Lizards!

Don’t miss out on a scavenger hunt inspired by Annie the Musical. Scavenger hunts will be distributed at the admission booth. After, return your completed scavenger hunt to the Stone Zoo gift shop to win a prize!

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NEW Children's Zoo

Nature’s Neighborhoods is an  interactive space immersing children and families in a world of nature, adventure and imaginative play. Climb on "bamboo" just like the red pandas, pop-up in a prairie dog town, climb into a giant eagle's nest and more!


Aussie Aviary Opens for the Season

Aussie Aviary opens for the season during April school vacation week. Stroll among hundreds of brightly colored budgies in this engaging, interactive space. Purchase a seedstick and the birds may land right on it! Hours (weather permitting):

  • During April school vacation week, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • After April school vacation week, weekends only, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Regular hours begin Memorial Day weekend, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. weekdays, and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekends and holidays
Lemur Recycle

Join the Party for the Planet, April 22

Don’t miss the Party for the Planet! Franklin Park Zoo will present a fun and engaging Earth Day celebration to raise awareness for the planet and all it has to offer! Learn how you can contribute to a healthy planet and preserve the Earth.

Festivities, held from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., include opportunities to meet the zookeepers, animal enrichment activities, and much more!

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Discover “Fantastic Habitats and Where to Find Them” at Franklin Park Zoo! Register today for this four-day April school vacation education program.