Please be advised that on April 28, Franklin Park Zoo will be conducting a routine animal escape drill. These routine drills are an important part of our preparedness training. While the drill is occurring, guests will be asked to move to certain areas within the Zoo for a brief period of time. We will do our best to have minimal impact on the guest experience. 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


Franklin Farm

Experience farm life in the middle of Boston! This warm-weather exhibit features a contact corral, where children can see and touch friendly animals such as goats and sheep. Explore the brooder building, where newly-hatched chicks keep warm, and visit the chicken coop to greet several species of older chickens. The main barn houses ponies, donkeys, goats, and sheep. Keep an eye peeled for our resident barn cat!

Franklin Farm Animals:

  • Barn Owl
  • Randall Cattle
  • Poitou Donkeys
  • Nigerian Dwarf Goats
  • Guinea Hogs
  • Chickens
  • Sheep
  • Barn Cat (though he spends most days cat-napping behind the scenes!)



Contact Corral

Open weekends starting May 2, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Open daily starting Memorial Day Weekend, 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Please note: Rain, high heat or other conditions may affect availability.

Franklin Farm

Zookeeper Encounter

Daily, 3:00 p.m.

Learn more about the animals of Franklin Farm during daily zookeeper encounters.


Randallcow Box

Go on a Behind-the-Scenes Tour!

Looking for a hands-on visit to the Zoo? Head over to Franklin Farm to learn more about horses, ponies, donkeys, sheep and goats as well as chickens and pigs. See how to groom a horse and meet the other animals up close. Visit our Education section for full details!