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




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.

Camelride Box

Camel Trek

Opens May 16

Get up close to camels and even 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-eye view during your ride!

Tickets: $8/ride
Professional photos are an additional $10

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


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.

Tickets cost $5 (in addition to regular Zoo admission). Rhino Rescue lasts four minutes and accommodates 12 people.

Schedule: Scroll down for days/hours



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

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

  • Starting April 25, weekends only, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Regular hours begin Memorial Day weekend, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. weekdays, and 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekends and holidays
  • Starting August 31, weekends only, 10:00 - 5:00 p.m. (Open Labor Day)
  • Starting October 1, weekends only, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Closed for the season beginning November 1