Know Before You Go:
• To ensure the safety of staff and guests, we've made modifications to the Zoo experience in accordance with public guidance and health recommendations. Please review our Re-Opening FAQs (FPZ and SZ) before your visit.
• Members:​ Online reservations are required for your visit.

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Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience

Franklin Park Zoo

August 21 - November 1, 6:00 - 10:30 p.m. 

Aug. 21 - Sept. 7: Nightly   |   Sept. 8 - Nov. 1: Thursday - Sunday

 

Advanced Online Ticket Purchase Required

General Admission:
Non-Members $19.95 | Members: $17.95 
Family 4 Pack:
Non-Members: $67.95 | Members: $59.95

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Experience the wonder of over 50 magnificent displays comprised of hundreds of beautifully crafted lanterns spanning Franklin Park Zoo's 72 acres. The first of its kind in New England, our lantern experience will dazzle and delight guests of all ages!

We invite you to walk (socially distanced, of course) through a luminous 66-foot-long shark tunnel, dramatic entrance arches, radiant flower gardens, and traditional Asian lantern scenes. Glimmering butterflies, whimsical ocean scenes and a majestic 197-foot-long dragon will light up the night sky. Little entertainers can even make their own music on a giant step-and-play piano! 

Shining a Light on Biodiversity

Boston Lights shines a light on the importance of conserving the incredible biodiversity on our planet. From snow leopards to Panamanian golden frogs to local Blanding’s turtles, each species plays a role in healthy ecosystems. Visitors to Boston Lights will have the opportunity to learn more about our commitment to conservation and ways they can participate in wildlife and habitat preservation. 

Know Before You Go

We care about you and want to ensure a fun and safe experience for everyone who visits. In order to ensure the safety of staff and guests, we've made modifications in accordance with public guidance and health recommendations. For the safety of our guests, staff and animals the following must be observed when visiting.

maskWear a face mask/covering in compliance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health Guidelines. Please note: Children under two are not required to wear a face covering.

social distanceMaintain social distance of 6 feet between other guests not in your party.

timed entryEnter the Zoo at the time listed on ticket. Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your assigned time.

respectRespect Zoo rules to protect humans and animals.


Tickets

  • Capacity is limited to allow for social distancing.
  • Online reservations are REQUIRED for members and general admission ticket buyers to help manage capacity limits and minimize contact at the entrance. Reservations are made for a specific date and time to ensure the Zoo is operating safely within the capacity limit and adhering to the proper social distancing requirements.
  • Members must purchase tickets for this event. Boston Lights admission is not included with membership.
  • To make the check-in process as fast and safe as possible, please print your tickets before arriving at the Zoo.
  • Visitors will not be admitted into the Zoo before their ticketed time slot.
  • There will be a one-way flow throughout most of the Zoo. Please follow the signage.
  • Social distancing must be observed throughout your visit. There will be areas with social distancing graphics on the ground for your convenience.
  • Guests or members without online access can reserve a time slot by calling 617-989-2076.


Health and Safety

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. While we have instituted safety measures reducing capacity, timed tickets, facial covering requirements consistent with Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines, additional cleaning protocols and hand sanitizer stations for guests, by visiting Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

What we are doing:

  • The Zoo is following a strict cleaning schedule for all high-contact surfaces and restrooms.
  • All Zoo staff and volunteers are required to wear face masks, provide daily temperature checks, and immediately report any flu-like symptoms to their supervisor.
  • Additional hand sanitizer and hand washing stations are located throughout the Zoo.
  • We have suspended our in-person interpretations and keeper chats for the time being to avoid crowding.

What you need to do:

  • In accordance with Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Zoo visitors are REQUIRED to wear face coverings while visiting the Zoo. Please make sure you have a face covering with you.
  • If you feel sick prior to visiting, please stay home and select another day to visit.
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet between you and other Zoo visitors not in your party.
  • Remember to wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds, and do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth.

FAQ

Are reservations required for entry to the Zoo?

Yes, reservations are required for both members and non-members. Reservations are made for a specific date and time to ensure the Zoo is operating safety within the capacity limit and adhering to the proper social distancing requirements.

  • General admission and member reservations are limited each day. Once capacity is reached, we will be unable to allow entry to any more guests. Please note: Members must purchase tickets for this event. Boston Lights admission is not included with membership.
  • To make the check-in process as fast and safe as possible, please print your tickets before arriving at the Zoo.
  • Guests with general admission will need their reserved tickets (printed or on phone) to check in.
  • Guests must arrive at their reserved time slot to ensure capacity is not exceeded. The final time slot for Boston Lights is 9:30 p.m. each night.
  • If you arrive early for your designated time slot, please wait in your vehicle until 5 minutes before your time slot.

Will you accept cash as payment?

  • Tickets must be purchased ahead of time online. We accept all major credit and debit cards.
  • If you need to use cash to purchase a ticket, please call ahead of time at 617-989-2076.
  • Cash will be accepted at all of our concession and gift locations.

What if I am late for my reserved time slot?

Capacity within time slots is limited. We ask that all guests make every effort to arrive on time. If you have a concern please call 617-989-2076.

What if I make a reservation and I'm unable to attend at the date/time I selected?

In order for a timed reservation system to work as best as possible, please make sure you are able to attend your reserved slot at time of purchase. 

I bought the wrong tickets/timeslot. Can this be fixed?

All ticket sales are final. Due to capacity limits, we cannot reschedule or refund tickets. 

Can I reserve tickets for a group?

At this time, group size is limited to 10 people or less. It is recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health that groups contain members of the same household.

After I purchase my reservation and enter the Zoo, will my time be limited or restricted?

Each timed reservation group should have more than enough time to see the lanterns and open exhibits, however it is important to note that most Zoo pathways will be set in a one-way direction, encouraging guests to move along while adhering to the social distancing recommendations set by the state and CDC.  

Will the animals be on exhibit?

Yes, some animals, including cranes, zebras, wildebeest, camels and kangaroos, will be on exhibit until a half hour before sunset. The Children’s Zoo will not be open during Boston Lights, although you will be able to see the prairie dogs and the red pandas from the main walkway.

Please note:

  • For the animals' health, safety and well-being, some animals may not be on exhibit due to weather, exhibit work, or veterinary care.
  • When spending time at an exhibit, please respect physical distancing guidelines.

Will the playground and play structures be open?

No, the playground and play structures will not be open during Boston Lights.

Will the indoor buildings be open?

No, the indoor Tropical Forest Pavilion, Bird’s World and the barnyard will not be open during Boston Lights. Guests can enjoy these spaces during a daytime visit. 

Are you open if it's raining?

Yes! All tickets are rain-or-shine, and we don't offer refunds, rainchecks or rescheduling. We encourage you to dress accordingly, or check out our gift shop for rain gear during your visit.

Will the bathrooms be open?

Yes, some bathrooms will be available and also set with limited capacities and increased cleaning schedule.

Will food be available for purchase?

The Giddy-Up Grill and Kalahari Kitchen will have food available for purchase through a walk-up window service. The menu will be limited to grab-and-go items. Outdoor seating is available; indoor seating is not available at this time.

Are Reciprocal/Military/Teacher/EBT/WIC discounts available?

For Boston Lights, we cannot accept any discounts. All of these discounts are honored during scheduled daytime visits. For questions, please call 617-989-2076.

Are library passes being honored?

No, library passes will not be honored for Boston Lights. Guests who would like to visit during the day may use library passes. For questions, please call 617-989-2076.

Am I required to wear a facial covering?

In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Zoo visitors are REQUIRED to wear face coverings while visiting the Zoo. Please make sure you have a face covering with you.

This does not apply to children under the age of two or those with specific medical issues. Religious groups and practices may also be exempt.

Will I have to wait in line to enter the Zoo?

If you arrive early for your designated time slot, please wait in your vehicle until 5 minutes before your time slot. 

Can I buy Boston Lights tickets before my visit?

Yes. Tickets must be reserved online before your visit. You can reserve your tickets for a specific date and time.

To make the check-in process as fast and safe as possible, please print your tickets before arriving at the Zoo.

Can I leave the Zoo and come back in?

In order to safely operate within our capacity restrictions there will be no re-entry.

Can I bring in food?

Yes, you are welcome to bring in your own food, although please note there will be no available indoor seating areas and any outdoor seating will be limited.

Are coolers allowed in the Zoo?

No, coolers are not allowed in the Zoo at this time.

Will strollers or wheelchair be available for rental?

Not in this phase of our re-opening.