Please note: Saturday, August 18: In preparation for our annual beer-tasting event, Brew at the Zoo, FPZ will close at 1:00 p.m. Admission tickets will be sold through 12:30 p.m.


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



Giraffe Encounters

Meet Franklin Park Zoo's tallest residents face-to-face!

Learn more about our Masai giraffes, Amari and Chad in this once-in-a-lifetime experience! From a shaded overlook, you’ll come face-to-face with these magnificent creatures and even have the opportunity to feed them a healthy snack (though we can’t always guarantee a nibble)! Dedicated Zoo staff will be on-hand to guide your experience with the world’s tallest land mammal. 

Schedule: Daily, 1:30 p.m.
Location: Meet in the Organic Garden, located across from the Outback Trail.
Cost: $5.00 per person
Tickets must be purchased online; they are not available at the Admissions booth.

Purchase Giraffe Encounter Tickets

Please note:
• Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your encounter.
• Encounters may be canceled due to weather or the animals' needs.
• Children must be accompanied by a paying adult.
• Giraffe encounter tickets do not include general admission to the Zoo. Admission tickets must be purchased seperately here.

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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
Schedule: 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. weekdays, and 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekends and holidays


Carousel and Turbo Tubs

Hop the whimsical animals of our classic carousel, a joy for the young and the young at heart. Looking for more adventure? Catch some speed on our spinning Turbo Tubs ride!

April 16 - 20: Daily
April 21 – May 20: Weekends only
May 26 – August: Daily
September: Weekends only
Weekdays, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Weekends, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $3.00/ride

Last ticket sold one hour prior to Zoo closing.

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Destination Dino

Open May 26 - September 3

Take a prehistoric journey through time in Franklin Park Zoo’s all-new immersive experience, Destination Dino. You’ll come face-to-face with colossal creatures from the past, from the towering Tyrannosaurus Rex to the emu-like Citipati. Nestled within a winding, wooded pathway, these roaring, life-like animatronic dinosaurs will thrill visitors of all ages. Be sure to visit the Dino Dig, where budding paleontologists can flex their fossil-finding muscles.

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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.

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Agents of Discovery

Your mission: Become a secret agent, exploring Franklin Park Zoo, solving challenges and learning more about the wildlife around you.

Download the free Agents of Discovery app to start your adventure. Good luck, agents! Learn more