Please note: Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on Sat., August 24, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Full details

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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.

Activities to Buzz About

  • Adventure-seeking kiddos can test their climbing skills on a rope spider web.
  • Insect enthusiasts will 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).
  • On "Bug Fridays," visit the discovery table outside the exhibit from 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., where you'll learn more about bugs and make your own bug-themed craft to take home (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 and Birthdays

More to Bug you with!

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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