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

Attractions


Giraffe Encounters

Meet Boston'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.

Purchase Tickets


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.

Please note:
• Tickets may be purchased up to 30 minutes before your encounter time (subject to availability).
• A ticket is required to enter the giraffe pavilion.
• 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 separately here.

Aussie Aviary

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; 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekends and holidays

Carousel

Carousel 

Hop the whimsical animals of our classic carousel, a joy for the young and the young at heart. 

Days:
April 27 – May 20: Weekends only
May 26 – August: Daily
September: Weekends only
Hours:
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.

Playground

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.

Train

Train

Climb aboard our colorful 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. Choo-choo!

Days:
April 27 – May 20: Weekends only
May 26 – August: Daily
September: Weekends only
Hours:
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.