Franklin Park Zoo Tours
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Located in Franklin Park in south Boston, Franklin Park Zoo is one of the city’s top family-friendly attractions. Extending across 29 hectares (72 acres), the zoo houses a diverse array of animals that ranges from gorillas and bison to exotic birds and African lions.
At Franklin Park Zoo, animals live in themed zones that echo their natural habitat. View lions and gorillas at the Kalahari Kingdom and Tropical Forest; observe zebra at the Serengeti Crossing; and see kangaroos at the Outback Trail. A program of activities that includes behind-the-scenes tours, zookeeper chats, and nature workshops provide ways to engage with the zoo’s animal care and conservation work—these are not typically included with standard admission.
If you’re exploring the zoo and wider Boston, consider a sightseeing pass to save yourself time, money, and hassle. The Go Boston card grants free access to Franklin Park Zoo and up to 40 other city attractions for a fixed number of days. The flexible Go Boston Explorer card offers free admission to the zoo and 20 other attractions over 30 days, making it ideal for more leisurely exploration.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The zoo is stroller-friendly and wheelchair-accessible.
- On-site facilities include restrooms, food outlets, picnic areas, and a petting zoo.
- When not viewing the animals, kids can enjoy a wildlife-themed playground.
- Some parts of the zoo don’t benefit from shade, so ensure you take a hat and sunscreen if the weather is fine.
How to Get There
Franklin Park Zoo is accessible via Boston’s T public transportation. Take the Orange Line or Commuter Rail to Forest Hills station and catch the 16 bus from there to the zoo. Alternatively, catch either line to the Ruggles stop, and take the 22, 28, 29, 44, or 45 bus. The zoo is also easily reached by cab or self-drive, and free parking is available.
When to Get There
The zoo is open daily year-round, apart from Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Opening times are generally from midmorning until early evening, but hours vary slightly at the weekends and during the winter months. The zoo gets busy in summer, especially at weekends, but otherwise it’s generally crowd-free.
What Not to Miss at Franklin Park Zoo
Must-sees at Franklin Park Zoo include the domed Tropical Forest zone and a rainforest-style world where you can see Western Lowland gorillas, pygmy hippos, and ocelots from five glass viewing stations. Other highlights include the Bird’s World aviary and the Kalahari Kingdom, where you can climb into a stationary 4WD for up-close views of two African lions.
Address: 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA 02121, USA
Hours: April 1-Sep 30 weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends until 4 p.m. Oct. 1-March 31 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Admission: Adult $17.95, Senior $14.95, Child $11.95, Under 2 Free, Members Free
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Franklin Park Zoo
Seeing the best of Boston doesn’t get any easier, or more economical, than with the Go Boston Pass. This flexible sightseeing pass allows visitors to pick and choose from a wide variety of Boston’s top attractions, almost 40 in all, at any pace desired over the course of one, two, three, five, or seven consecutive days. Enjoy immediate entry to attractions. Simply save the pass (available as your 'ticket' after purchase) on your mobile device and go. No voucher redemption is required. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
See more of Boston for one low price by purchasing the Boston Explorer Pass. Save big off regular prices as you get admission to your choice of three, four or five Boston attractions, picking among top city highlights like a Fenway Park Tour, USS Constitution Cruise, Freedom Trail Walking Tour, and much more. An included guidebook helps design the perfect itinerary. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
Our Boston Food Tour will take you to the most iconic and delicious spots in Boston all in one day. If you are looking for a little bit of culture, great photos, and a ton of delicious food then this is the tour for you. The day will start with meeting with your friendly local guide. From there your tour will begin as you start your day walking throughout Boston and dining at the most famous and delicious food spots in Boston. This half-day tour will be fully packed with famous landmarks, yummy food and much much more! ==== Full schedule 12:00 PM - Meet your guide at the Aquarium Subway Station 12:10 PM - Enjoy some Boston Clam Chowder near Quincy Market 12:50 PM - Taste a historical favorite and a Samuel Adams beer 1:50 PM - Munch on pizza and beer at the Boston Public Market 2:30 PM - Indulge in a slice of delicious Boston Cream Pie 3:00 PM - Say goodbye to your guide at the Haymarket Subway Station
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Face masks provided for travelers
Experience Boston’s must-see tourist attractions — and enjoy considerable savings — on this exciting Boston CityPASS. Visit the popular New England Aquarium, Museum of Science and relax on a Boston Harbor Cruises. Choose between the Harvard Museum of Natural History or the Franklin Park Zoo to complete the experience. This Boston CityPASS is valid for 30 consecutive days from date of first use. Convenient mobile tickets are valid for 1 year from the date of purchase. Transportation to and from the attractions is not included.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Franklin Park Zoo hours of operation?
Franklin Park Zoo hours of operation: April 1-Sep 30 weekdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends until 4 p.m. Oct. 1-March 31 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
What's the best way to experience Franklin Park Zoo?
The best ways to experience Franklin Park Zoo are:
- Go Boston All-Inclusive Pass
- Go Boston Explorer Pass
- Boston Most Famous Foodie Tour (Private & All-Inclusive)
- Boston CityPASS
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