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Wicked BIG Bugs


Open through Sept. 2
Weekdays, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Weekends, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m


Giant BUGS have invaded Franklin Park Zoo! Roles will be reversed as you venture through the exhibit and find yourself looking up into the eyes of an 8-foot-tall tarantula, or at the tail of a mighty emperor scorpion looming 15 feet in the air!

Buy General Admission Tickets

Wicked BIG Bug Price: $2 Member/Non-Member; tickets available at admission booths (general admission required)

These larger-than-life animatronic insects and arachnids include the red-tailed bumblebee, Mexican red knee tarantula, Madagascan sunset moth, meadow grasshopper, emperor scorpion, and many others.

Adventure-seeking kiddos can test their climbing skills on a rope spider web, and insect enthusiasts can bug out at interactive education stations and even meet some real-life insect ambassadors up close during daily encounters, held at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. (weather dependent).

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Walk
June 15 - Sept. 2

Don't miss a story walk through the pages of Eric Carle’s classic children’s book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar – celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Wicked BIG BUG Overnights, Breakfasts & Birthdays

More to Bug you with!

Breakfast with the Wicked BIG Bugs:
Enjoy a continental breakfast while learning all about these small but mighty creatures. You'll meet an animal ambassador up close and get an exclusive tour of the Wicked BIG Bug exhibit before the Zoo opens! Full details

Wicked BIG Bug Overnight:
Join us as we trek through the BIG Bug exhibit trail to meet some giant friends by moonlight! Learn about why bugs are so important to our ecosystem, and meet a few smaller bug friends up-close. Full details

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Birthday Packages:
For a one-of-a-kind event, book a Wicked BIG Bugs Expedition Birthday Package, or Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Package. Full details

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