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


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


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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.


  • April 17 - 21 (School Vacation Week), 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • April 22 - May 26: 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
Cost: $3/seed stick

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Camel Trek

Opening Soon!

Get up close to camels and enjoy a ride at our 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!


  • Weekdays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Weekends, 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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



Carousel, Safari Jeep and Train 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!


  • April 17 through August 31, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. weekends and holidays
  • September, weekends only, 10:00 - 5:30 p.m. (Open Labor Day)
  • October, weekends only, 10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Closed for the season beginning November 1
Carousel: $3.00
Safari Jeep*: $3.00
Train: $3.00, round-trip
*The Safari Jeep is a stationary children's ride.



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