Know Before You Go: We've modified the Zoo experience in accordance with public guidance and health recommendations. Please review our FAQs (FPZ and SZ) before your visit. Members:​ Online reservations are required for your visit.


Snow Leopards

Winter Visits


With the rising cases of COVID-19 and the continued concern for public health and safety, the Animal Discovery Center is temporarily closed to the public. You will still be able to visit the Zoo, enjoy the fresh air and see the winter hardy animals such as snow leopards, river otters, black bears, and more.

Stone Zoo has the cure for cabin fever during long New England winters, so hold off on hibernating, because we’ve got plenty of amazing animals that don’t!

  • Winter hours: October 1 - April 1, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily, with last entry at 3:00 p.m.
  • The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving Day and December 25.
  • In cases of inclement weather, the Zoo may be closed. To check if we’re open on the day of your visit, please call 617-541-LION (5466).
  • Kids, check out our winter trading card collection in the Kids' Corner!

Which animals am I likely to see?

More often than not, you’ll be able to see our:

  • Black bears
  • North American river otters
  • Snow leopards
  • Jaguars
  • Cougars
  • Caribbean flamingos
  • Arctic foxes
  • Reindeer
  • Yak
  • and many others!


Are there any animals that might not be on exhibit?

When the temperature begins to drop, we’re often asked “What happens to the animals?” Many of the animals who call Stone Zoo home are incredibly adaptable and can tolerate cold weather. But others aren’t as able to acclimate to the cold temperatures. When the temperature is too cold for them to enjoy their outdoor exhibit, they stay indoors in their warm, off-exhibit space.

  • Kookaburra
    The kookaburra is kept indoors throughout the fall and winter. Kookaburra do not have the insulating feathers and down that other birds have to keep them warm in the winter.
  • Roadrunner
    The roadrunner, which can’t acclimate to colder temperatures, comes off exhibit around mid-October. They may be seen on exhibit in the spring.
  • Primates
    It has to be at least 40 degrees for our white-cheeked gibbons to be on exhibit. When the temperature is 40 degrees, the gibbons are given access to their warm, indoor off-exhibit space, so they can choose to be inside or outside. 

Where can I go to warm up while visiting the Zoo?

Head to the indoor Animal Discovery Center, where you'll meet creatures small but mighty! The center features hands-on programming, interactive learning opportunities, and animal exhibits.

Is there indoor dining during the winter?

The Yukon Creek Cafe is open on weekends from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Small snacks and drinks can be purchased year-round in the Trading Post gift shop, open daily October 1 through December 3, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; 
January 1 through March 31, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are there any special events planned for the winter months?

Absolutely! We hold Education Programs year-round and offer many special events –many with winter or holiday themes—throughout the winter.
Image at right: Stone Zoo's annual festival of lights, ZooLights.