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


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Aussie Aviary

This attraction is closed for the season.

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.

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Camel Trek

This attraction is closed for the season.

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!



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!

Carousel: $3.00
Safari Jeep*: $3.00
Train: $2.00, round-trip
*The Safari Jeep is a stationary children's ride.

  • April 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