Franklin Park Zoo

The Force will be strong at Franklin Park Zoo | May 28

There’s no need to travel to a galaxy far, far away to get into the Star Wars spirit – The Force will be strong at Franklin Park Zoo.  When members of the New England Garrison and Alderaan Base dressed as characters from the films roam the zoo! The costumed characters are local members of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion; groups of Star Wars fans who, with the use of their movie-quality costumes, contribute to the local community through charity and volunteer work.

Guests are encouraged to wear their own Star Wars attire, take photos with the costumed characters and learn about how animal adaptations and behaviors in our galaxy relate to the creatures from the films through scavenger hunts and other activities. The animals will also join in on the fun as they enjoy treats and special Star Wars themed enrichment items throughout the day.

When: Saturday, May 28, 10am >> Read More

Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Zoo | May 8

Celebrate your mom at Franklin Park this Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8, with FREE ADMISSION for all mothers throughout the day. Bring Mom along with the entire family to either Franklin Park Zoo for a memorable day spent discovering all of the incredible animals! Be sure to look for all of the animal moms – at Franklin Park Zoo, say hello to Kiki the western lowland gorilla and her offspring Kimani, Kambiri and Azize, as well as cotton-top tamarin mom, Wilma, and her baby. 

When: Sun May 8, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Please note: Last entry is a half hour before closing

Where: Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA 02121 >> Read More

Playful Paws Playgroups | March 12

Starting Wednesday, March 12 Playful Paws Playgroup will be taking place in the Franklin Park Zoo at One Franklin Park Road (Meeting Barn) form 10:15am - 11:00am. Ages for this play group ranges from 18 months – 3 year olds with a caregiver. Playful Paws Playgroup is as much for the caregivers as it is for the “cubs.” Get out of the house and bring your little one to the Zoo for some open play and animal exploration. At each class participants will learn through looking, touching, and movement. The possibilities are endless and may include storytimes, animal encounters, biofacts, simple crafts and more. And, if the weather is nice, we might go for treks outside! Registration is required use this link Cost: $32 for a series for Members, $40 for a series for Non-members. Sibling discount applies. Pricing is for an adult/child pair.

Kids visit for FREE Franklin Park Zoo | January 4 & 5

Saturday and Sunday, January 4 and 5, join Franklin Park Zoo as they kick off a New Year of fun and adventure! All kids will receive free admission, when accompanied by a paying adult, to Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo (this promotion does not include the event Zoolights at Stone Zoo).
It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend a memorable day with family and friends while discovering all of the incredible animals at each Zoo.
For more information on this event please visit Franklin Park Zoo

Breakfast with Santa | December 21

Saturday, December 21, at 8:30, Come have breakfast with Santa Clause in the Franklin Park Zoo ( One Franklin Park Road, Dorchester MA). All attendees should enter via the Giraffe Entrance on Pierpont Road.
Participants will have the opportunity to not only have Breakfast with Santa, but to also meet Jolly Old St. Nick. Photos are encouraged – please be sure to bring your own camera. Kids will also have fun making holiday ornaments. Breakfast will feature a delicious array of tasty offerings including Santa’s scrambled eggs with cheese, Prancer’s pancakes, Ho Ho Hot Chocolate and much more. For the full menu, please visit
This event is open to the public.  Please note: Pre-registration is required. Registration is open through Thursday, December 19 at 5:00 p.m.

Visit with Santa inside Franklin Park Zoo’s Tropical Forest | December 7

Saturday, December 7, Come celebrate the holidays and meet Santa this December at Franklin Park Zoo! Children will want to make sure they visit with Jolly Old St. Nick, who will be available for photos the first three Saturdays in December from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. inside the always balmy Tropical Forest building, home to western lowland gorillas, ring-tailed lemurs, a giant anteater and much more. There will be special story time with Santa @11:00 am. Guests can also warm up with free hot chocolate! Upon entering the Zoo, everyone will receive a hot chocolate voucher which can be redeemed at the Zoo’s Giddy-up Grill.
 Zoo admission for the day will be: Adults $17.00 children 2-12 $11.00
For more information and details visit: Frankling Park Zoo

Half Price at Franklin Park Zoo & Stone Zoo | November 29

Friday, November 29 Citizens Bank will sponsor half price admission day at Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo.


Burn off the turkey and get the family out of the house. Admission will be half-price the day after Thanksgiving, thanks to the generous support of Citizens Bank. It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend a memorable day with family and friends while discovering all of the incredible animals at each Zoo.

 Franklin Park Zoo regular addmission:

Adults: $17.00, Children: $14.00, Seniors:$14:00 Children under 2 free 
Stone Zoo Regular Admission:
Adults:$14.00 Children:$10.00 Seniors:$12.00 Children under 2 Free

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Birthday Bash for Beau the giraffe! | September 22

Franklin Park Zoo will be celebrating Beau The giraffe's  15 birthday on September 22 between 11am - 3pm. Guest can sign his birthday card, while enjoying his birthday cake (provided by Konditor Meister). This a great opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the Giraffe Savannah exhibit.


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Run Wild 5K at Franklin Park Zoo | September 22

Have fun and run through Franklin Park Zoo.  The patch with be paved with music, games and prizes. The run starts at 8:30am on ,Sunday September 22. 

Afterwards there will be a zoo party (for 21+) featuring MAGIC 106.7 and various brewing companies. All the proceeds will support the operation of Zoo New England

In order to participate you must register at Runners will also receive a T-shirt and free admission to the zoo. Run Wild at Franklin Park Zoo is produced by ZooNew England and RACE - Run Against Cancer Events.


Opening Eyes for 100 Years: Franklin Park Zoo - Past, Present and Future | Oct 14

Mark your calendars for a discussion of Franklin Park’s first 100 years at a breakfast and panel discussion.

"The presentation will focus on the importance of Franklin Park Zoo to its constituents in our city and the history of Franklin Park Zoo as told from the following perspectives: political engagement and personal attachment to the Zoo, the creation and history of the Zoo, the Zoo in our community, community engagement and the Zoo in the news.    Following the formal discussion, guests are invited to join Dr. Rory Browne as he leads a tour through Franklin Park Zoo noting historical highlights. Tickets are $50 each."


Location: William J. Devine Golf Club, directly across the street from Franklin Park Zoo.


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