Please note: Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on Saturday, August 29, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.


Free Fun Friday at Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park Zoo

Friday, August 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Please note: Franklin Park Zoo will close one hour early at 4:00 p.m., with the last admission at 3:00 p.m.

On Friday, August 21, Zoo New England is participating in the 7th annual Free Fun Fridays program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation! The Free Fun Fridays program includes 70 museums and cultural venues across Massachusetts. Beginning June 26 through August 28, seven venues will be open free-of-charge every Friday for 10 weeks this summer. Franklin Park Zoo will only be offering free admission on Friday, August 21

Additional details and schedule

Free Fun Friday is an increasingly popular event, and we have experienced record attendance in previous years. We're expecting equally high attendance this year, so please plan your visit accordingly!

Parking is free (though lots fill quickly). 

Free Fun Friday is a rain or shine event. Because of the rain some of our exhibits, including Butterfly Landing, Aussie Aviary, and Giraffe Savannah may remain closed throughout the day.

View and print the full Free Fun Fridays schedule