Please note: Due to our annual wine-tasting event, Uncorked, Franklin Park Zoo will close at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. General admission tickets will be sold through 3:30 p.m.


Climb up, over and around our 10,000 square foot playground!



Aussie Aviary

In the Aussie Aviary, feeding the animals is encouraged! Hundreds of brightly colored budgerigars, affectionately called budgies, flutter through this free-flight exhibit. If you’re lucky, the birds will land on your seed stick and let you keep them company while they enjoy a little nibble.

Cost: $3/stick

Hours (weather permitting):
Weekdays, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; weekends and holidays, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
August 31 - September 30, weekends only
Closed for the season beginning October 1

Camelride Box

Camel Trek

Opens May 16

Get up close to camels and enjoy a ride at our new Camel Trek attraction! Known as "ships of the desert," dromedary camels are incredibly adapted to harsh, arid environments. Learn more about these animals and enjoy a camel's-eye view of the Zoo!

Cost: $8/ride (applies to all ages)
$10 for a professional photo

Weekdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; weekends, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Carousel, Train and Safari Jeep Rides

Climb aboard our red train and experience Franklin Park Zoo while you’re on the move. It’s a great way to take in our wild and beautiful landscape. Or, hop the whimsical animals of our classic carousel, a joy for the young and the young at heart. And, the motorized Safari Jeep always puts a smile on the faces of smaller children. Beep, Beep!

Carousel: $3.00
Safari Jeep*: $3.00
Train: $2.00, round-trip

*The Safari Jeep is a stationary children's ride.

Schedule: See below for days/hours


Giraffe Encounters

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 encounters may be cancelled at any time due to weather or the animals’ needs.

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

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



With 10,000 square feet to let children’s imaginations run wild, we’re serious about playtime. With designs inspired by the wildlife that inhabit the Zoos, kids can frolic among giant fish, slip down a giraffe-like tube slide, and "hop on" a Panamanian golden frog spring rocker.

Our playground incorporates fitness challenges, promotes positive social interaction, encourages negotiating skills, and uses play to teach about conservation and wildlife. Rubberized ground cover makes it safe and accessible for all children.

Open regular Zoo hours.


Rhino Rescue 6D

Zoom along on a high-speed chase to save a precious baby rhino and his mother from poachers. Watch out for the elephants, wildebeest, zebras, and other African wildlife in your frantic pursuit! Riders are fully immersed in the action through 3D film, motion simulator seats, and atmospheric special effects for a heart-pounding 6D experience that drives home an important conservation message.

Cost: $5
Rhino Rescue lasts four minutes and accommodates 12 people.

Schedule: Scroll down for days/hours

Ride Schedule (Rhino Rescue, Carousel, Train, Safari Jeep):

  • May through August 31, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. weekdays, and 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekends and holidays
  • September, weekends only, 10:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Open Labor Day)
  • October, weekends only, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Closed for the season beginning November 1

Camel image courtesy of Zoo Miami/Ron Magill