Animals on View
There’s plenty of room for strolling and social distancing at the 72-acre Franklin Park Zoo. The Outdoor Safari Walk is a one-way trail through many of the Zoo’s exhibits. Here are the animals you’ll see along the way.
- Nature’s Neighborhoods: red pandas, prairie dogs and turtles
- Serengeti Crossing: Plains zebras, wildebeest, ostriches, warthogs and Cape porcupines
- Giraffe Savannah: Masai giraffe and Grevy’s zebra
- Outback Trail: red kangaroos and emus
- Other animals you’ll see: lions, a tiger, spotted hyena, Baird’s tapir, Bactrian camels, wattled, white-naped and Siberian cranes.
Purchase tickets online for a designated time slot beginning on June 1. Visits begin on June 4.
If you don’t have online access and would like a ticket, call 617-989-2076.
The follow are closed until further notice.
- Play structures
- Indoor buildings
- Amusement rides
- Giraffe feeding
- Budgie feeding
- Bring your lunch and eat outdoors at the tables provided.
- Become a member and gain free admission to both the Franklin Park Zoo and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham. For $125—$175 per year, the Family, Family Plus, and Friend Membership Levels offer the best value, admitting up to 9 and paying for itself in two visits.
- You can deduct the cost of a membership from your taxes.
- If you decide to celebrate your child’s birthday at the Zoo, you’ll save 10%. Learn about more benefits of membership.
- Wear a face covering (children under 2 aren’t required to wear one)
- Adhere to 6-foot social distancing
- Follow the marked, one-way pathways
Health and Safety Measures
- Online and timed ticketing
- Guest capacity limits
- One-way paths to control guest flow
- Clearly designated 6-foot distance markers
- Enhanced cleaning protocols
- Greater numbers of hand sanitizer stations and hand-washing areas
- COVID-19 training for all staff
Read more about the changes.
Check Out the Bear Cages of an Earlier Zoo Era
Outside the gates of the Zoo’s Giraffe entrance, take a 10-minute stroll north of White Stadium. At the end of Franklin Park, you’ll see a path up a grassy hill. Follow it and you’ll find the Zoo’s 1912 bear cages. The cages are the relics of an earlier open plan incarnation of the zoo the public could attend free of charge. During the 1930s the older zoo went downhill, and in 1958 a city commission fenced in part of the zoo and began charging visitors. The bear pens, located outside the new fence, were left to fall to ruin in the woods above Seaver Street. There they remind curious passersby about the glorious age of Art Deco.